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A letter to Malala


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Dear Malala,

Today, our Mujahideen brothers are celebrating a great victory. We can hardly hear ourselves speak over the noise of their celebratory aerial firing. This is why I have decided instead, to write you a letter. Although, I do know that you are unable to read this letter presently, which also happens to be the reason for the celebrations taking place here today. However, I wish that this letter is only read to you in the case when after you wake, your memory remains unharmed. Though, that would be the most painful thing for me.

Today, our brave brothers are very happy as this is the greatest victory that they have won since Russia lost in Afghanistan. They told me that you are learning to read and write, which was a great threat to Islam and that you are working to promote secular ideology.

I do not know whether the definition of secularism taught in your schoolbooks is still atheism or not but I agree that your wish to learn to read and write constitutes as secularism. Our brothers speak little and usually do not clarify what they say as that is what the Shaheens do, returning and ambushing its prey. Conversation is the legacy of the foolish, not of the Mard-e-Momin. That is why after Khushhal Khan, Rehman Baba and Ghani Khan, we have either stopped doing this or left it to the few mad people who have taken refuge in some faraway camp.

I have also been informed that you were working for the US and liked the US President. My daughter, it is not only your fault, we are at fault too. We forgot to tell you that it was your duty to hate the Americans, especially Obama. You must understand that the beggar must always hate the one who gives him alms as that is a golden rule. It is on the basis of this very rule that a historical struggle to establish a new Islamic state is taking place at the moment. I am sure that from now on, you will not object to the completion of this beautiful dream.

I hope that you will awake from this deep sleep and our Shaheen brothers have promised that they will come to visit you once again. Like every true Muslim, these ghazis are true to their word. I pray that you attain exaltation from the wealth of faith that has been fixed upon you and remain safe from the curse of education and literacy so that our brothers are able to demonstrate the same mercy to you, which they were directed to display in regard to women and children some 1400 years ago. I am sending this letter through them because they will read the letter out to you in this situation. After all, education is their right.

The best part is that now you and our other daughters will all be safe within the four walls of the house and our brave brothers will be responsible for their protection. We will be rid of the “Hindu” rituals of our weddings and at the attainment of adolescence at the age decided in Islam, these brave men will be present for a second marriage to any believing girl.

What else do you want? Why do you insist on obtaining an education? After all, you and all those daughters of this country who have obtained some education, why can’t you all lose your memory and continue to live, just like the characters of our films? What can be a greater jihad than if what happens in our films starts happening in real life too, and then we could permanently get rid of these films as well? If you continue to behave stubbornly, it will be very difficult for me to save you. If circumstances permitted, then I would have sent you to China to study as that is the only place deemed suitable to gain an education in Islam, but the challenges given by our Shaheen brothers has produced such a pandemonium there, thus revealing the true nature of these infidels’ pledges of friendship to us. Now those cowardly Chinese are not only scared of our brothers but also our daughters.

It is such a happy occasion that the hellish gate of education has also closed upon you. All I hope for now is that when you wake, you are unable to read this letter. That will be the best for everyone; our Shaheen brothers, yours, as well as of all the fathers of daughters like me.

May Allah keep you safe from knowledge and memory and enrich you with the happiness of good, noble deeds.


Even though Sheikh Peer is a guru, he has no followers. He is perpetually in hiding; the Karancheewalla is just to mislead the readers.



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Comments (24) Closed

saythetruth10 Oct 12, 2012 09:00am
Respect her privacy and don't make her a show case piece. Take off her heart breaking picture.
Cyrus Howell Oct 12, 2012 08:33pm
Absolutely right.
Ankahi Baatein Oct 11, 2012 09:07pm
What a moving summary of the hopeless situation our daughters are caught in! Malala you are like a light at the end of a dark tunnel! I wish and pray that you come back more forcefully and keep on raising your voice against illiteracy and may Innumerable Malalas join you in your struggle!!
Mahgul Oct 12, 2012 10:21am
Malala's survival is Allah's blessing and a big slap on the faces of attackers..... O attackers. listen... You identified her, shot her directly on her head and she is Alhamdollilah alive. You cannot harm her as our prayers and Allah's blessings are with her........
Mujeeb Oct 12, 2012 06:14pm
Can I ask you why are you saying" shame on Imran Khan..." Please explain
Iqbal Oct 12, 2012 12:37pm
As a gesture of our sincerity towards Mallala's cause, the least we can do it is to name a Leading Women's University. preferably in KPK, after MALLALA
alileo12 Oct 11, 2012 02:57pm
I almost wept after reading this. I'm amazed at the conscience of people who still are not considering these barbarians the real enemies of our state. How much more innocent blood needs to be shed to make these so called religious inclined leaders understand the gravity of the situation? All of them come on TV one by one with the short repetitive sentence of 'we condemn'. Is mere condemning and then going back to life as usual going to solve anything? I don't think so.
American family Oct 11, 2012 11:52pm
we support Malala Yousufza and all Pakistani people who believe in the power of women to contribute to society.
from Indian Oct 11, 2012 02:53pm
Shame on Imran Khan....
Victor Oct 13, 2012 12:20pm
Agree it is for her and her family to decide. Wherever they decide to go they should not worry about the medical bills. Everyone in this world regardless of their faith or country will help you God bless you
Cyrus Howell Oct 12, 2012 08:29pm
Good idea.
Cyrus Howell Oct 12, 2012 08:30pm
Her choice.
Cyrus Howell Oct 12, 2012 08:29pm
Pakistan has wandered away from Allah. Don't people see this?
Cyrus Howell Oct 12, 2012 08:32pm
She is on a respirator, and not out of the darkness yet.
Cyrus Howell Oct 12, 2012 08:36pm
Drones don't blow up schools, Taliban do.
Sandip Oct 12, 2012 12:20pm
Wondering if she can be moved to US/UK/Canada/India so that she is saved from such attack again.
Victor Oct 12, 2012 12:24am
God give you a speedy recovery. You are not only a very brave young lady but also the voice of millions around the world. People of all faiths are praying for you
ahsan Oct 11, 2012 02:12pm
Once again they have proved they low life's they are
Chaman Oct 12, 2012 12:00pm
May God grant Malala a full recovery. This is the prayer from people all over the world. Let us all honor her sacrifice by raising a trust fund to support girls education in Pakistan and render a generous support by joining her cause.
Rashid Oct 11, 2012 04:51pm
Very touchy, and bit above the intellect level for the people who shot Malala!
Sikander Oct 12, 2012 09:04am
Our government and a nation as a whole wake up only when anything big happen.
Kausik Oct 11, 2012 09:37pm
very touching letter detailing the hypocrisy of the perpetrators of this heinous criminal act as they probably practice certain rituals forbidden.The national consciousness in Pakistan must rise above the politics and stem the tide through proper education for change of hearts.
sfomann Oct 11, 2012 07:44pm
These Taliban are a nuisance in our society. These barbaric mindset will eventually haunts all of us. Now the time has come to not sit behind the screen and read/right here but to do something about it. Its better to get rid of them sooner then later.
Sikander Oct 12, 2012 09:37am
Support for Malala flowing from all over the world is lot for Malala and her family. Also pray for the injured girls.