For Islam and the Umma

Dear Adnan Rasheed

It was heart-warming to see you writing to Malala, especially in English. In this day and age when even the political leaders in India blame English for destroying our culture, you have dared writing in the Satan’s language. I don’t know what prompted you to write in that language. Did you want a wider reach for your letter? If that was your intention, I suggest you try Facebook next time. You’re sure to get a million ‘Likes’. Or even Twitter. You don’t have to write much and you could still be trending at the top!

Anyway, to set aside my question, I was really touched by your concern for Malala. Referring to the girl being shot, you said you didn’t wish it to happen. A noble thought, but did you try expressing your opinion to your high command? You also mentioned that your letter expressed your own opinion and not of the militant group. Does the group have any specific opinion on that? Are you guys allowed to have ‘personal opinions’? I mean it’s really funny; sorry I’m laughing because I ‘m reminded of our Indian politicians again. Whenever someone in our political parties says something embarrassing or controversial, the party high command usually defends it saying ‘It’s his/her personal opinion, and we don’t endorse that view’. And the person who had made this ‘embarrassing’ statement continues to remain in the party and barely gets even a rap on the knuckles. But then, India is a democratic country and these diverse views are part of this democratic tradition. But I thought Taliban are against democracy? The last time I checked democracy was one of the evils created by the West, where people can have individual personal opinions. Is it now permitted in Taliban? Is Taliban becoming democratic thereby embracing an evil practice? How blasphemous?

In that letter, you also refer to Malala’s speech at the UN. ‘Pen is mightier than sword‘, she had remarked in the speech. Referring to it, you asked, rather rhetorically, ‘so they attacked you for your sword, not for your books or school?’

Well, what can I say? This is why we keep saying that you guys should go to school. If you did, your teacher would have told about metaphors and analogies. Then you would have known what Malala was talking about. Can you imagine, she has just spent a few months in a school run in the Satanic curriculum and she talks so intelligently that even you are beginning to ask a lot of questions? Funny, isn’t it, how the Devil works?

You are also claiming that the Taliban didn’t attack the girl because she was propagating education for girl child, but because she was opposing the Taliban’s spread in the Swat valley. Here I’m confused because you didn’t mention whether it is your personal opinion or the opinion of the entire group. I hope you can write another letter to clarify that. Anyway, wasn’t Malala writing in the BBC blog advocating a girl child’s right to education? I might be wrong, because I’m not as good in English as some of you are, but whatever I read in the BBC blog, Malala’s only concern seem to be about education. We will never know, after all it is BBC, which is evil so it might be lying. So you guys are not really against educating girls? So who closed down all those schools in 1996? Red Cross?

Also, there seems to be some ‘personal opinions’ doing the rounds between you militants  about why you guys blew up all the schools in the Swat valley. You need to urgently get together and come up with one single answer. We cannot offer you multiple choice options, because that’s the evil’s way of training; but then, oh, to hell with it, here are your options:

We blew all those schools in the valley because:

  1. Girls were being enrolled in those  schools
  2. Girls and boys were studying together
  3. Girls and boys were studying together along with the Pak soldiers
  4. No one was studying and Pak soldiers were using them as their base
  5. All of the above

And mind you, no personal opinion is allowed. No cheating, remember?

Then you suggest to Malala to use the UN opportunity to speak about the US’ drone attacks that kills innocent civilians. I’m sure the UN will be honoured to arrange a session for you where you can express it yourself. After all you can’t expect Malala to believe in your cause when you yourself do not believe in your organisation’s cause. Fair game isn’t it?

‘Use your pen for Islam and the plight of Umma (community)’ is your final advice to Malala. That’s a fair thing to say. I think she has taken your advice. Her speech at the UN was so impressive that non-Muslims like me were in tears. You see we often get corrupted by Talibans and Al Qaeda who make us think Islam is a violent religion. When we hear people like Malala, we realise what a great religion Islam is, which can nurture such an ambition in such a young girl. We love and adore the girl so much that we want to pray with her to seek Allah’s compassion on those fanatics who tried to wreck her life. We want to share her hope that Islam rids itself of these annoying influences and regains its original glory where it set out to spread a great civilisation across the world. Where its practitioners wrote great poetry, composed lilting music, penned deep scientific text and built lasting monuments. When we hear Malala, we are confident that Islam is in safe hands.

Or is that why you are worried?



P.S. Cartoon from The Hindu – I was so impressed with it and I wrote this letter only so that I could use this cartoon!