Have you seen the story of Malala Yousufzai? The 14 year old girl who was shot for standing up for what she believed in AND had the courage and faith in God to do so. All she wants to be able to do is get an education. Malala understands at the age of fourteen that education is key to success and opportunity in this world. She would not let anyone stop her from succeeding in life. Not even the Taliban.
Here is a short excerpt from CNN.com about how this whole thing got started:
Malala started to become a problem for the TTP when she was just 11. The Pakistani Taliban, who hold the same ideology but are not directly affiliated with the Afghan Taliban, had taken over Pakistan’s Swat Valley. Pakistani politicians were turning a blind eye to what had become an increasingly brutal regime. They executed their critics, ordered all men to grow beards and whipped women in public as punishment for real, imagined or fabricated offenses.
It was all about imposing their will, their version of Islamic law, and subjugating the entire population, but women in particular.
The Taliban reportedly had destroyed more than 200 schools and ordered all girls’ schools shut down when Malala slowly emerged from obscurity. In 2009, she started writing a blog for the BBC under a pseudonym, talking about her dreams for the future and how the Taliban were pushing those aspirations further and further out of reach.
But is even more inspirational and made me sit up and listen a little more intently was this video. She said that if you don’t raise your voice for the good of this world, God will ask YOU on judgement day…..WHERE WERE YOU??
Are you (myself included) using your VOICE for the greater good?