The following message is addressed to muslims, but all are free to join in the discussion:ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A 14-year-old Pakistani student who won international acclaim for speaking out for girls barred from school by the Taliban was critically wounded Tuesday by a gunman who boarded her school bus, asked for her by name, aimed his pistol at her head and fired, officials said.
The Pakistani Taliban asserted responsibility for the attack on ninth-grader Malala Yousafzai, who gained notice in early 2009 when she wrote a diary about Taliban atrocities under a pen name for the BBC’s Urdu service. Yousafzai lives in Mingora, a city in the scenic northwestern Swat Valley, where Taliban insurgents imposed harsh Islamic law for two years before being routed by a major military operation in May 2009.
Im sick of acting like this stuff isnt happening in my name, and I challenge all fellow muslims, to stand up and put an end to this stuff. Now. There is a real sickness in Pashtun society, and too many other muslim societies, and Islam is one of the victims of this sickness. This is not Islam. This is not even human. Lets stop trying to hide our problems under the carpet, we arent fooling anyone anymore, not even ourselves. I as a practicing muslim absolutely abhor what the Taliban just did. That they proudly admitted to it tells me they have more support within the society than I care to admit.
Remember the Quran tells us we are judged based on what our hands set forth AND on what we held back. If you choose to watch an injustice like this, and out of fear, hold back from justice or even protest against this, you shall answer to Allah on Judgement Day. Remember our prophet said (paraphrasing), "He who is kindest to women-folk will be closest to me on judgement day." Is this the way to treat women, in a kind manner, by trying to kill them when they are still children, without a trial, and then running off into the night? Is that what the prophet meant by kindness to women?
Or have we forgotten the prophet's injunction [paraphrase], "He who does not favor his sons over his daughters shall be granted entrance to Heaven." Would we sit idly by if someone tried to kill our sons for asking to be educated? I doubt it. So why do we do nothing when people take away our daughters' rights?
Not even most Salafi scholars believe that it is a crime to educate women. Did you know there are a number of muslim countries where more women than men hold college degrees? Including Gulf Countries, like Qatar and Bahrain, where the full Islamic abaya is required in public? Why then do we remain silent when the least educated and intelligent members of our society begin spreading lies (knowingly or unknowingly) about our religion, lies that even our scholars have spoken out against?
The prophet (pbuh) educated his wife Aisha (R.a.d.) to be a source of knowledge, and told his followers, "learn part of your religion from her [when I am gone]." According to the Taliban's logic, Aisha should have been put to death and the prophet (pbuh) committed a crime by educating her. Let that detonate in your mind for a second.
Also remember that the prophet predicted this fitna (catastrophe) woiuld happen to his ummah, as a minor sign of the anti-christ. He predicted the day that pious appearing young-men would use beautiful words (Quran) to call to evil. They will recite Quran, but they will not understand the words they speak. Doesnt that sound familiar?