We're bringing a bad name to Islam ourselves: Malala condemns Mashal Khan's murder

Published: April 15, 2017
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She criticised that some of the Pakistanis have forgotten the message of peace and tolerance given by Islam/ PHOTO: FILE

She criticised that some of the Pakistanis have forgotten the message of peace and tolerance given by Islam/ PHOTO: FILE

Malala Yousafzai has strongly condemned the murder of Abdul Wali Khan University (AWKU) student, Mashal Khan, who was beaten to death by a violent mob over alleged allegations of blasphemy.

“This is an incident filled with terror and fear,” Malala said in a video message on Facebook after talking to Mashal’s father over the phone.

Malala lamented that some Pakistanis have forgotten the message of peace given by Islam. “This was not just the funeral of Mashal Khan, it was the funeral of the message of our religion Islam,” the global girls’ education advocate said.

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Malala said the Holy Prophet (PBUH) never advised his followers to “be impatient and go around killing people”. “We have forgotten our values. We are not representing the true Islam,” she regretted.

Malala said people (many Muslims and Pakistanis) complain about the presence of Islamophobia in the West and that the western nations were “maligning our names”. “No one is maligning the name of your country or religion…we ourselves are bringing a bad name to our country and religion,” she stressed.

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The Nobel laureate urged Pakistanis to learn about their religion, values and culture and said, “Everyone in Pakistani has a right to live a safe and peaceful life.”

“If we will continue killing each other like this, then no one will be ever safe,” Malala maintained.

At the end of the video message, she urged state institutions and political parties in Pakistan to shun their silence, take a stand and bring justice to Mashal and his family.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Apr 15, 2017 - 11:52AM

    and when was the last time this girl visited her home land of Pak ?Recommend

  • lkhan
    Apr 15, 2017 - 12:29PM

    Totally agree with Malala. I wish our civil society and political class had her kind of wisdom… we would be a much better and stronger nation.. Recommend

  • hassan
    Apr 15, 2017 - 5:18PM

    @Bunny Rabbit: Malala visiting her home in Pakistan, can bring good name to Islam? Recommend

  • Xof
    Apr 15, 2017 - 5:29PM

    “We” .. well not me not any one in my family…or my city.
    Kid has to learn alot more in life. Being a mouth peace is the easiest thing one can do. Cant she say anything with a “We” of what all bloodshed just happned in Canada and US against Muslims? Bad things happens in this world regardless of any location, its not a fantasy world here kid.Recommend

  • Newton
    Apr 15, 2017 - 6:21PM

    Malala your 5 min claim to fame should be over go back into the cave you came from Recommend

  • N A Rahman
    Apr 15, 2017 - 10:01PM

    @Xof:
    Is this like that fake Bowling Green Massacre. I live in US and haven’t seen any bloodshed against Muslims. Rather I have to defend Pakistan red-faced from latest antics like that of crowd in Mardan.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Apr 15, 2017 - 10:44PM

    @Newton:
    All can go to Wikipedia and read what Malala has accomplished so far in her life!
    Just what have YOU managed to accomplish aside from throwing rocks!Recommend

  • XoF
    Apr 16, 2017 - 1:43AM

    @N A Rahman

    That is because you cant see it in your own backyard or you are blind. Hate crimes against Muslims are on rise, just 2 days back women beaten to near death in similar way as in Mardan just for her belief, and people shot dead being assumed as Muslims there, plus similar cases in Canada like the mosque shooting. So stop playing over smart here and embrace the ethos of the point being made rather than limiting it to singular incidents. Recommend

  • Insaaf Hussain
    Apr 16, 2017 - 1:57AM

    The way to spread Islam is by good example and message of love. Hate and intolerance is the cause of Islamophobia. So far, Pakistan has done no favours to Islam.Recommend

  • Sam
    Apr 16, 2017 - 3:16AM

    Go Malala!. There are not many people like Malala in Pakistan, which is what the problem is…Recommend

  • fits
    Apr 16, 2017 - 7:24AM

    Its amazing how oblivious we can be to what the world thinks. Some of the thinking is so archaic and self-defeating. With openness and ability to self-criticize, no progress can be made. All discussions are about how we near equality with North America, Europe, how China is somehow going to transform us into big power etc, but charity starts at home. It is about how you treat your citizens and how you are planning the next 50 years for economic development. We hear none of that. Recommend

  • leela4fun
    Apr 16, 2017 - 10:17AM

    We are not representing the true Islam

    When the likes of Mumtaz Qadri become heroes and rose petals are showered over him, this will be the result.

    Every time some terrorist act is committed, every muslim keeps saying that they are not following true Islam. Can some one please let us know who is following True Islam? Recommend

  • N A Rahman
    Apr 16, 2017 - 7:53PM

    @XoF:
    Was there lynch mob of thousands? Did police egg on and incite these cases? Did state provide endorsement under color of law?Recommend

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