My Review: I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Five stars for Malala’s courage.

‘I am Malala’ brings forth numerous religious and political issues with an intriguing perspective from a girl who was a victim of the group called the Taliban in the book. She consistently stands up for girls’ rights to education; something which some of us take for granted.

The first word which was ever revealed from Allah in the Holy Qur’an was ‘Iqra.’ It means ‘read.’ This is undoubtedly significant. Allah wants us all to read and educate ourselves. We are commanded to seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave. Allah did not command us to teach our men and not our women – He commanded ALL of mankind to seek knowledge.

This books demonstrates clearly that those who are referred to as the Taliban in the book, in no way reflects the majority of the Muslim world. Islam teaches peace; something the Taliban seems to forget.

People often get mixed up about what Jihad is as well. Malala touches on the issue and it is clear that the meaning in today’s societies is twisted to such large proportions so that it just may have abandoned it’s original intention and meaning. Originally the term Jihad referred to a struggle or inner battle one has with oneself to stop the wrong things which one does for the sake of Allah.

It’s always said that Islam is perfect and it is the acts of Muslims which are imperfect. In other words, you can’t judge Islam based on what a certain sect of the world does.

Not all Christians, Jews, Hindus etc are good people, and likewise, not all are bad. To base your perspective of an entire religious following on what few people do, seems vastly incomprehensible. This is the message I hope Malala brings across with her book.

Malala’s perspective on death is really inspiring for me as I believe that what she says is true. At page 224, Malala says, “My feeling was nobody can stop death; it doesn’t matter if it comes from a Talib or cancer. So I should do whatever I want to do.” I absolutely love they way she put it – the moral here being that you must live life to the fullest and do the things that make you happy while helping people and doing the right thing no matter the adversaries you may be facing.

As a young Muslim woman myself, I am truly inspired by Malala and her family for their unwavering beliefs in what is right and wrong taken directly from the Holy Qur’an. That is an example I wish to follow.

Malala undoubtedly needs to be congratulated on taking this step and allowing us all into the intimate thoughts of her mind and bringing us the insight only a girl in her situation can bring us.

I hope this book brings with it all the good that was intended for it and may Allah guide us all.

Allahu Alam (Allah knows best).

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