The Christian Principles of Malala Yousafzai
How a brave young Muslim girl is changing the world for the better.
By Silent Knight
his is the story of a young girl named Malala Yousafzai. Malala lived in a small town of Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. In this province the Taliban has contended against the nation’s military for control of that region. They have bombed schools and killed students and teachers. Milala wrote blogs to the BBC under a code name for protection purposes describing the horrors that her district is facing. She goes into much detail on the psychology of the Taliban and how they are really afraid of education for women and children. She describes in interviews and documentaries how they are scared of change and equality that will transpire in society due to education for future generations. After becoming popular, Malala began receiving death threats from the Taliban and as well as her family. Eventually Malala was tracked down. She was identified amongst a group of children and she was shot in the head. The bullet went through the neck and into her shoulder.
Anyone would think that a 16 year old girl rebuking the Taliban should be absolutely petrified. One would think a bullet wound to the head would be her demise, but not this girl, not Malala Yousafzai. Malala is beacon for women’s and children’s rights of our time. Malala is a young Muslim girl, but really she is following Christian principles. Malala said and I quote, “They only can shoot a body, but they cannot shoot my dreams.” Sound familiar? They were almost the exact words of Jesus Christ: “Do not fear those who kill the body, but fear the who one who can destroy both body and soul in hell.” What’s even more fascinating is that prior to that verse it says, “Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak it in the light, and what you hear whispered in your ear proclaim it on the housetops.”
That is exactly what Malala is doing. She exposes the Taliban, (the enemy) for who they truly are, without being afraid. This 16-year-old girl is standing up for the weak and the people are listening to her! She spoke at the UN and has called on the world leaders to accomplish three things: (1) “We call on Pakistan to agree to a plan to deliver education for every child” (2) “We call on all countries to outlaw discrimination against girls” (3) “We call on international organizations to ensure the world’s 61 million out-of-school children are in education by the end of 2015.” The Good Word says in Ecclesiastes 7:12, “For wisdom is a defense, and money is a defense: but the excellency of knowledge is that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.” Malala is bringing all Christians and Non-Christians to the light. She is showing that truly education, (secular or non-secular) is the key to developing nations and advancing people’s rights.
I think Malala is on to something great. Although she is a Muslim, she possesses great wisdom and inspiration to all. I would not rule out the fact that she can perhaps become a believer, but in the meantime she is accomplishing certain things that can’t be measured. She can really be a focal point, or even a turning point rather for women’s rights and treatment of women and children all over the world. I believe that the Lord has sent us Malala to help fight terrorism not with a sword, but with a pen and books and with our voice. As the good Lord said, “he who kills by the sword shall die by the sword.” May the Lord guide her and give her added strength and knowledge to fight these wicked forces among us.
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