An anthem for the times: ‘Our smile is stronger than your gun’

Published: December 18, 2014
With a beaming smile to light up others, student Mubeen Afridi leaves his friends and family in tears in perpetuity.

With a beaming smile to light up others, student Mubeen Afridi leaves his friends and family in tears in perpetuity.


There is a lot you can tell about a person through a quick glance at his Facebook profile.

Mubeen Shah Afridi’s profile is no different. It provides insight into his interests and hobbies. Unfortunately, the comments and photos which the 15-year-old posted are the only standing testament to his life as a regular teenager.

On Tuesday morning, Mubeen, who was a class ten student of Army Public School (APS), fell victim to the terrorists’ gun and became another among the many children who lost their lives.

Since then, two Facebook pages have sprung up to pay tribute to the young martyr. One of the pages has received over 59,000 likes, while the other has over 51,000 likes.

However, these pages are only filled with condolence messages and testimonials and do not tell us much about Mubeen as a person.

Yet, Mubeen’s profile is our only portal into his heart and mind. Through a quick glance at his interaction with friends and family, we begin to see how witty, outgoing he really was.

He also appeared to have taken a keen interest in the problems which plagued his country and province. He had posted pictures condemning Israeli terrorism in Gaza. In a status update, Mubeen expressed earnest hope that one day the smiles on people’s faces will ultimately thwart the sound of the gun. At this stage, we take a moment to ponder over how cruel and unpredictable life can be. The young martyr’s profile picture draws us into his world. Mubeen appears to be a confident, extrovert and outgoing boy. What could the terrorists possibly have achieved by killing him?

Like many people of his generation, Mubeen seems to be a fan of Argentinean footballer Lionel Messi.  Pictures of the footballer have been posted all over his profile.

As we scroll down further, we find a set of pictures of Mubeen ­— baby pictures, photographs from his early school days and some recent selfies.

Mubeen has also posted some video clips taken in the same auditorium where he and his friend were slayed in cold blood. In one of the clips, titled ‘Auditorium’, he has captured footage of students dancing to a Pashto song in a place that would become the playground of their death.

There is a message inscribed on his cover photo. He shared it on June 3, over six months before he died. It reads: “We are a nation of beauty and great grief. Our smile is much stronger than your gun.”

Through a single Facebook share, Mubeen has left us with an unforgettable message. As the country struggles to cope with the loss of its children, it must never forget that the ideology of militants should not be allowed to become an excuse for murder.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 19th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (20)

  • Queen
    Dec 19, 2014 - 2:03AM

    May Allah grant him and all others who left us a place in Jannat, Aameen.


  • Linda
    Dec 19, 2014 - 3:28AM

    IT is shocking to see the uncalled death for beautiful children, Such severe shock Pak and particular families are going through. Unfortunately, it has to be endured until the body and mind find a way of coping with it all. Something as horrendous as this will never ever fade but eventually it will get a bit easier. Unless we have experienced something like this we can never understand fully what it must be like. We can only look on hopelessly. I feel desperately for them all. Such pain and loss. It’s not much but please know that you have as much human love and sympathy as someone living so far away in another country and culture, and therefore unknown to you, can possibly bestow. I hope you all find peace soon.


  • Dec 19, 2014 - 5:09PM

    may Allah shower your soul with blessing, Ameen


  • mini
    Dec 19, 2014 - 11:57PM

    May ALLAH shower your soul with blessing ,,,, AMEEN…


  • saqiba
    Dec 20, 2014 - 2:12AM

    May Allah(swt) gives you a place in Jannah. We are very heartbroken to lose our innocent- bright kids.


  • saima khan
    Dec 20, 2014 - 3:42AM

    U will always b in our hearts…….:'(


  • zahra
    Dec 20, 2014 - 2:40PM

    mubeen inshallaha u i”ll always live in our hearts we lv u brotherRecommend

  • Fatima Gull
    Dec 20, 2014 - 3:30PM

    we love you!!!U will be in our hearts 4ever!!!!


  • A Peshawary
    Dec 20, 2014 - 3:50PM

    No doubt; his slime is much stronger then their guns. But his smiles made me weaker as I cannot hold my tears anymore. It reminds me of my cowardliness as I cannot do anything for him except having tears in my eyes.

    A Pehsawary


  • fatimah khan
    Dec 20, 2014 - 4:13PM

    you r our heroo,u ill always be in our heart……….


  • Rija
    Dec 21, 2014 - 5:31PM



  • Somia Mushtaq
    Dec 21, 2014 - 7:09PM

    Ameen …@Queen:


  • Dr Faiza khan
    Dec 21, 2014 - 11:37PM

    Mmubeen shah was so inocent he was just like angle I must say , we we’ll Naver forget his smile and his inocent face , I strongly condemn this bladdy attack which bladdy TTP done on 16 th December 2014 is realy unforgatabal a black day for our nation in the history , God give to all these innocents chailds a special place in haven , miss u all of u and we’ll remember ofcourse in prays Recommend

  • yasmin
    Dec 24, 2014 - 4:22PM

    sad chapter in our history.our hearts filled with sorrow. may u live in peace away from mindless people.we can feel the loss and pain of his mother and family


  • Najam
    Dec 26, 2014 - 2:00PM

    Very well said Linda and thanks for sharing your sentiments! surly it was horrendous act that took away from us beautiful children like Mobeen Afridi. The loss is irreparable and will always haunt our tacit feelings of precious loss.

    However, I do see light & hope, deep in tunnel, as nation has got untied and have firmed up its commitment to nip this malice once for all! May Allah bless the bliss to the bereaved families (including us all) and provide success to our government in their novel us Endeavour!


  • Jan 6, 2015 - 10:57PM

    I appreciate Mubeen as he is brave intelligent courageous boy.I like his words that our smile is much stronger than your gun.


  • Jan 6, 2015 - 11:05PM

    I like Mubeen as he is brave intelligent and courageous boy.I like his words that our smile is more stronger than gun.


  • Zalay rajpoot
    Feb 1, 2015 - 11:10AM

    u will be live in our hearts forever,
    may God give patients to your family.Recommend

  • Zalay rajpoot
    Feb 1, 2015 - 11:19AM

    How sad…mubeen was so cute..
    may God give patients to your family.Recommend

  • Mar 5, 2015 - 3:35PM

    I like Mubeen as he is brave and intelligent boy .I like his words that our smile than our gun.Recommend

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