I Stand With Malala

The moment I found I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban at a charity shop in Stratford-upon-Avon for less than 2 pounds, I knew I had to get it. I had been wanting to read it for a long time, but never got around to purchasing it and it was the perfect opportunity. I can’t describe how truly moving this book is.

It tells Malala Yousafzai’s story. She was born in Pakistan and has faced a lot of hardships. Her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, a teacher, always supported Malala and encouraged her to speak up for what she believes in. In the book, she expresses her hopes for peace and for every person to be able to access education, especially girls who are often marginalized in this respect. It’s amazing how such a young girl is so wise, but it probably has to do with the difficulties she has overcome, namely being shot at by a taliban. However, she says she does not want to be remembered by that incident, but instead by how she constantly advocates for education.

This book is a nonstop learning experience. I was able to get more insight into Pakistan’s history as well as its people and culture and to understand how the Taliban gained so much strength. Additionally, it sheds light on what being a Muslim entails and what it does not, which is much needed in these times when prejudice is all around.

I truly admire Malala’s courage and her perseverance in the noble cause she truly believes in. I really recommend her book and looking into how you can do your part to help.

To learn more about or get involved with the Malala Fund, click here.

Favorite quotes:

“One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world”

“Peace in every home, every street, every village, every country – this is my dream. Education for every boy and every girl in the world. To sit down on a chair and read my books with all my friends at school is my right. To see each and every human being with a smile of happiness is my wish.”

“If one man can destroy everything, why can’t one girl change it?”

“The Taliban could take our pens and books, but they couldn’t stop our minds from thinking.”

“In Pakistan when women say they want independence, people think this means we don’t want to obey our fathers, brothers or husbands. But it does not mean that. It means we want to make decisions for ourselves. We want to be free to go to school or to go to work. Nowhere is it written in the Quran that a woman should be dependent on a man. The word has not come down from the heavens to tell us that every woman should listen to a man.”

 

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