Western adulation of Malala damages Islam

Western adulation of Malala damages Islam

ONE of Pakistan’s leading women’s rights campaigners – Humaira Awais Shadid – has accused Britain and America of manipulating Malala Yousafzai in a bid to impose secularisation on the Islamic country.

Shahid, a former politician, Harvard fellow, and newspaper editor, said the schoolgirl has been badly damaged by Britain and America, who are taking advantage of her survival story. Malala is now a hate-figure in certain quarters in Pakistan while some secular Westerners have used her traumatic experience of being shot in the Swat Valley by Islamic fanatics as a reason to criticise Islam.

Shahid is reported in this report as saying Malala was a devout Muslim with no interest in promoting a secular democracy in Pakistan.

The West wants to gain from Malala’s real story, an agenda that suits them or the policies they want. It’s like a mass media frenzy – and then you see the whole question of secularisation. This is not the issue of Pakistan – our constitution starts with the name of almighty, Allah, talks about in accordance with the scriptures and the principles of Islam– so what are you talking about?

Humaira Shahid

Humaira Awais Shahid

For Shahid, whose memoir, Devotion and Defiance, was published last month, there is a fundamental misunderstanding in the West about the wishes of Pakistani women.

Yes, they want better access to education, more protection from violence and the freedom to lead independent lives.

But that does not mean rejecting Islam’s central role in the country’s culture – instead, they want a generation of conservative, neo-feudal leaders, who are twisting the words of the Koran, to be cast out of the political mainstream.

Our folklore, our old traditions, our music, our art, our poetry is all about celebration of the creator and creation – our love is a root to love of the creator, this is very different to your societies. Our issue is injustice; our issue is poverty; our issue is corrupt governments; our issue is a lack of accountability. Please help us on that. Our issue is not secularisation.

Malala was shot in the head by Taliban fighters who objected to her campaign to improve girls’ education in northern Pakistan. She was flown to Britain for medical treatment and subsequently became a spokeswoman for the plight of poorly educated women, addressing the United Nations and being awarded the European Parliament’s highest honour for human rights campaigners.



18 responses to “Western adulation of Malala damages Islam”

  1. Trevor Blake says:

    Which words of the Quran are being twisted? The Quran says men are a degree above women (2:228b), that women are worth half as much as men (2:282). To twist that is to advocate equality. It is Ms. Shahid who twists the words, not the warlords. And the shooters? They are not Islamic fanatics. Just Muslims doing what Muslims have done as long as there have been Muslims.

  2. Brian Jordan says:

    Damaged by Britain and America? I suppose the Taliban just indulged in a little cosmetic surgery then?

  3. Angela_K says:

    Shahid has benefited from a Western education and was a newspaper editor – not very islamic is that. And shouldn’t she be hidden in her house popping out brats, because that is what her stupid book says.

  4. Bubba T Flubba says:

    The petulance and disrespect spouted by this misguided woman reveals exactly what is wrong with islam which is that muslims cannot accept that kaffirs are often correct and generous. Does she want the west to stop the huge amount of aid pouring into the money pit that is Pakistan? She should think before she speaks…think long and hard. Muslims are arrogant, self loathing, opinionated and cannot tolerate the reality that western secular civilisation is far far superior to the failed islamist states. They are too busy whinging shrieking complaining causing mayhem beating spoiling and multilating to get down to the hard work of making things better, generating wealth, earning respect rather than demanding it at gunpoint. Pakistan, the country that cannot protect its school girls from home grown primitive murdering bandits. Get real, shut your mouth, wipe that smug leer of your face and be grateful.

  5. charlie says:

    This woman is educated? Really? She wants freedom AND religion. No way can that happen. Religion, all religion, is opposed to free thought and truth, real truth. And yet this supposedly educated female Muslim thinks(really?) that free thought can co-exist with Islam? She is delusional in my view. Yours may vary.

  6. AgentCormac says:

    Our issue is injustice; our issue is poverty; our issue is corrupt governments; our issue is a lack of accountability.

    Well, I’d say you can thank your crushing, delusional, backward, dishonest, misogynist, mind-controling religion for pretty much all that, Ms Shahid. And now that you’ve enjoyed the benefit of a Western education why not go back to Pakistan and see how far it gets you. (For anyone who thinks that perhaps Shahid actually is in Pakistan, follow the link at the top of this article – she gave the interview in London.)

  7. RussellW says:

    “Yes, they want better access to education, more protection from violence and the freedom to lead independent lives.”

    Well, Islam won’t allow that, secular liberal democracy will, however it probably would be fatal for any Moslem ‘women’s rights’ campaigner to admit it.

  8. John the Drunkard says:

    Injustice, poverty, corruption, and unaccountability.
    All supported and perpetuated in the name of Allah.

    While it is (barely) conceivable that Shahid’s declared aims could be achieved without secularization. They would make Islam unrecognizable to its current supporters.

  9. Robster says:

    Is this woman concerned that the truth about islam is being exposed to all? It’s a nasty, scary belief system that reflects the age it was developed. Time to move on.

  10. L.Long says:

    Humaira Awais Shadid reminds me of the rabid xtian, republicans whose policies are against women and others and they think that they are immune from the hate and bigotry.

  11. 1859 says:

    So her country – despite being a nuclear power – is poor, and Ms. Shahid wants prosperity for all. Women are treated as chattels and denied an education, and Ms. Shahid wants women to have equality before the law. In her country there is no freedom of expression either of individuals or the press, and Ms. Shahid wants freedom and security. In her country, from central government all the way down to local government, there is corruption, bribery, extortion and nepotism – and it is all seen as normal; Ms Shahid, however, wants an open, transparent and honest government.

    If, Ms Shahid, your country has descended into this mess after being ruled by military/theocratic dictators and various gangs of patriarchal thugs for the last half century, then maybe you should have the honesty to question the very cornerstone of your society – namely islam. We in the west are not afraid to openly criticise the religions of the west for the suffering and stupidity they inflict on people. You, I am sure, would be scared shitless, to openly criticise islam for the suffering it has wrought and still inflicts upon your people (mostly women and children), because you know what would happen. Yes, there maybe poetry and music made possible by islam – but these are minuscule benefits when compared to the damage your religion does. You cannot deny that islam has a vast, poisonous stranglehold on the minds of your people and lends itself everyday in every village to open fanaticism of inhuman dimensions. Secularism is not about criticising islam, it is about criticising all superstition that takes the pompous name of religion.

  12. Paul Cook says:

    This woman is a class act moron. There can’t be any other word to describe her where she says this:
    “Shahid, …….said the schoolgirl has been badly damaged by Britain and America, who are taking advantage of her survival story. Malala is now a hate-figure in certain quarters in Pakistan”

    Britain paid for her travel to the UK and for the very expensive medical treatment that saved her life. And wasn’t it a Pakistani that shot her in the head.

    I detest the things people say like this. It makes me angry. But isn’t it her right to say these things no matter how hurtful moronic deceitful corrupt or ‘blasphemous’ because she can in a free society. And we respect that. And we allow it and we want it to continue.

  13. Paul Cook says:

    [ I did see shadid was in pakistan – where there is no freedom]

  14. keith darrell says:

    “there hasn’t been a more tragic event in the history of women”,she needs to read some history.Interesting that she said Mo’s ‘wife’ proposed,a child proposing marriage to an old man ,a new twist on the child abuse angle.She really deludes herself and her female readers , “our constitution starts with the name of almighty, Allah, talks about in accordance with the scriptures and the principles of Islam”,there is the rub dear child,you are the property of A…. and Sharia is the rod used to beat you and your women into submission should you dare demand true freedom.
    Malala dared and suffered,ignored by your hero she was allowed to the west and has thrived because of that move ,i dare you to stand in the front line like she did and criticize the authorties,Government,taliban or village leaders but no,you pour scorn on her but not on the faith or the men in beards who use that faith to justify themselves.

  15. Justin says:

    Shahid is concerned about young girls like Malala because Malala’s experience exposes the real danger that many women face every single second of their lives in the Islamic World. Even a hardcore, accomadationist has to concede that Malala was shot by radical nut jobs who, motivated by their religious ideology, oppose educating women.

    I’m sure Malala is grateful her corpse isn’t rotting in a ditch somewhere after being shot. Shahid seems to imply that for Islam’s sake she might have been better off that way.

  16. Matt Westwood says:

    “Muslims are arrogant, self loathing, opinionated …”

    I dispute the “self loathing”, the Islamists and devout Muslims I’ve met have all been egotistical, bossy, self-obsessed and self-absorbed, particularly with respect to their anjoyment of all those virgins in heaven.