MALALA YOUSAFZAI (GUL MAKAI)
On October 9 2017, Malala Yousafzai tweeted about her first day at Oxford
“5 years ago, I was shot in an attempt to stop me from speaking out for girls’ education. Today, I attend my first lectures at Oxford.” – Malala’s Tweet
She got wished by her admirers, I personally wished her on twitter. I was happy for her, everything was fine I got busy in my own work and days passed. Then came 14 October 2017 when picture of Malala going for her class became viral on internet. I opened comment section just to send her some good wishes but what I saw there astonished me, many people were abusing her. And the reason they had were skinny jeans and long boots she was wearing, that thing made me restless and that’s the reason I am writing this blog.
I just can’t understand what’s the point of abusing someone over her choice of wearing clothes. Yeah if one is restless that jeans doesn’t match with the eastern values or from where Malala belongs, then you need to see a picture closely. She is just wearing a jean with a double coated jacket and a dupatta on her head which is also covering her chest. I think abusers got so busy in looking at her jeans that they forgot to watch her dupatta and full sleeves jacket. It’s just sad that more number of people lost their mind over Malala wearing jeans than when she got shot.
It’s not the first time when I saw people abusing Malala or calling her an agent who has her interest against Pakistan. I still remember the time when Malala received a Nobel Peace Prize, I got into debate with my friends who claimed that she doesn’t deserves the prize. The reason they gave to me was so ridiculous that even if she got shot by Taliban but she survived, for him those people were more rightful who died while defending others in terrorism acts. Yeah, he was rightful to acknowledge the bravery and sacrifice of such people, I also admire the act of those people but I don’t believe on admiring dead ones and making life hell for those who survived.
It’s just in our nature that we feel sorry and cry for those who died, but we don’t appreciate living people that how much we adore them. I have seen a lot of people touched by The Diary of a Young Girl in which Anne Frank’s life from 1942 to 1944 has been documented, hiding in a house during German occupation of Netherlands in World War 2. Bravery and courage doesn’t come with limits, beyond this level it will be courage but below that it will not, every person have to deal with different scenarios and have to take different steps to deal with it.
Malala had different story from Anna but they bought fought at the very young ages, they deal with the conditions about which we only heard but they lived that. I am just proud that I am living in the era of Malala, who took a bullet in her head and neck just because she spoke for her basic right of education, my era had Aitzaz Hassan who martyred while trying to keep a suicide bomber away from his school where hundreds of pupils were studying. I am proud that my era has Muzoon Almellehan a Syrian activist who is known for her work to keep Syrian girl in school, Bibi Aisha and Sonita Alizadeh, Afghan girls brave enough to choose a life what they wanted and asking for their own identity. Heroes are for everyone, don’t let your ego, ethnicity, political or religious views make you hate them without any reason ?.
Aitzaz Hasan Bangash Shaheed (Urdu: اعتزاز حسن, born 1997 – died 7 January 2014 Hangu) was a Pakistani school boy from Hangu District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province who sacrificed his life while preventing a suicide bomber from entering his school of 2,000 students at Ibrahimzai village of Hangu, on 6 January 2014.
Muzoon Almellehan is a Syrian activist and refugee resettled in the United Kingdom. She is known for her work to keep Syrian girls in school, and has been referred to as the “Malala of Syria”
Sonita Alizadeh is an Afghan rapper and activist who has been vocal against forced marriages. Alizadeh first gained attention when she released “Brides for Sale,” a video in which she raps about daughters being sold into marriage by their families. By help of Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, an Iranian documentary filmmaker who over three years, documented her remarkable story in the film Sonita, Alizadeh filmed the video to escape a marriage her parents were planning for her, even though it is illegal for women to sing publicly in Iran, where she was living at the time. After releasing the video on YouTube, Alizadeh was contacted by the Strongheart Group, who offered her a student visa to study in the United States, where she currently resides.
Bibi Aisha (Pashto: بي بي عایشه; Bibi is a term of respect meaning “Lady”; born Aisha Mohammadzai, legal name in the United States: Aesha Mohammadzai) is an Afghanwoman whose mutilated face appeared on the cover of Time magazine in summer 2010.
Her story first appeared in The Daily Beast in December 2009, which prompted doctors to write in, offering to help her for free. The Grossman Burn Foundation in California pledged to perform reconstructive surgery and began organizing for her visa in the early spring of 2010. Diane Sawyer of ABC News originally covered her ordeal in March 2010 and revisited her story again in 2014.