Friday, October 12, 2012

Malala, we stand with you and your commitment to education.

Malala, we stand with you and your commitment to education.

Children, women and men joined in this evening in support of Malala, to stand up for what Malala stood; education. It was the right thing to do.
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The event was organized by Jawed Siddiqi at Subzi Mandi place,  the purpose was to stand in support of Malala Yousafzai and send a message to Pakistan that extremism is condemned across the world. 

The program appropriately commenced with the famous poem of Dr. Iqbal - A child’s prayer, one of the most beautiful poems I grew up with. It was sung by Sister Zohra Chisti and all joined the chorus.

Lab pe aati hai dua ban kay tamana meri
Zindagi sham’a key surat ho Khudaya meri.

My wishes become my supplication,
Let my life  be the light  to the world, dear God.

Dur dunya ka maray dam say andheera ho jaye!
Har jagah meray chamaknay say ujala ho jaye!

May the world’s darkness disappear through the life of mine!
May every place light up with the sparkling light of mine!
Ho maray dam say younhi meray watan key zeenat
Jis tarah phool say hoti hai chaman ki zenat.

May my homeland through me attain elegance
As the garden through flowers attains elegance.

Full poem at (randomly picked video):

I am a volunteer, and I don’t remember the names of every one that spoke, if I missed your name, please mention it in the comments, I will add back.

Thanks to Krishna and Manohar of Desi Plaza TV for capturing this event on their video, and it will be uploaded at you can check them out at . in a day or two.

Roha, Esha, Shahina and Maha were among the teenage girls who spoke, they had a message to Malala to get well and continue with her commitment to education.  Dr. Tasnim Agha spoke eloquently about the need for education and our support.

Sajjad Azhar’s message was perfect and precise, I was pleased with the inclusive message he shared, and he concluded with good parting remarks as well.  Brother Muhammad Suleman led a short prayer and blessings. There were two other speakers who extolled the value of goodness taught by the prophet, one of them emphasized the first word of Quraan- to read and understand. Naeem Sakhia said it well, Malala brings a transition in the society, extremism will end and a new culture of education and acceptance will begin.

Jawed Siddiqi has offered help to further her education.  

I shared my thoughts as well

Evil exists because good people do nothing about it. If you let a bully get by, he thinks he has your permission. How dare can one get?

The extremist was intolerant and did not believe education for women and shot at the girl, because she dared to go to school.  A woman should never be deprived of education, it should be a crime if any one discourages, makes it difficult and prevents girls from getting an education. 

Had those guys mothers been educated, they would not have behaved this way, It is the female under-education that has brought backwardness to people in the subcontinent in general and Pakistan in particular, the only one who can uplift a child is mother, and the mother can change the nations if she has the wherewithal of education.

I was at a book launch today, and the conversation rolled on to Malala, and it was a delight to see one of them speak up - he said, the entire nation of Pakistan is condemning the extremist. The positive word gets around. This is the reason more and more people need to spread the good word, so the world knows that Muslims are the first ones to condemn terrorism. 

We need to condemn the acts of the extremism, rather than condemn the extremists, as Jesus had said. We need to pray for the well being for them, following in the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). We need to dialogue with them and weed out the root cause, rather become confrontations and have them dig in their heels.  Mother Teresa’s wisdom cannot be lost, if you want to make peace, go talk with the enemies.

This event sends a message to the extremists that the world is not with them, the more events like this happen, the greater the momentum it builds.

Don’t forget to attend another event organized by John Hammond of FunAsia on Sunday at 8:00 PM FunAsia’s address is 1210 E. Belt line Rd. Richardson, TX 75081.  

 MikeGhouse is committed to building a Cohesive America and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. He is a professional speaker, thinker and a writer on pluralism, politics, civic affairsIslamIndiaIsrael, peace and justice. Mike is a frequent guest on Sean Hannity show on Fox TV, and a commentator on national radio networks, he contributes weekly to the Texas Faith Column at Dallas Morning News and regularly at Huffington post, and several other periodicals across the world. The blog is updated daily. 

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