Malalai of Maiwand and Malala of Malakand. .Two heroinesBy amicus • Oct 16th, 2012 • Category: Lead Story, Worth A Second Look • 6 Comments
Malala has a powerful weapon…her passion for education. With this weapon, this young girl is struggling to redefine the meaning of Pakistan. In her own way she is trying to prove the truth that Islam is a religion that gives women equal rights with men. She wants to see a Pakistan where young girls and women can learn to read and write, and study to make progress. A Pakistan where they can realize their dreams of a better tomorrow for them and their people. The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan has said that Malala is working against religion. Do these people have any idea what they are doing? Do they think that, by killing young girls like Malala, they are working for religion and promoting its cause?
The TTP has said if Malala survives they will shoot her again, to kill her of course. They are afraid of a 14-year-old girl whose struggle for an educated Pakistan has shaken them so hard that they are bent on killing her. I pray for her long life. May our generation find the true meaning of Pakistan where young girls do not have to pay for their dreams with their lives. One day we will get there.
Karachi one day
Born 1998 (age 14) Nationality: Pakistani Other names Gul Makai. Ethnicity
Pashtun. Citizenship: Pakistan. Known for Women’s rights activism, educationism.
Home town Mingora, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan .Political party: None. Opponent(s) Tehrik-i-Taliban ,Religion Islam. Parents Ziauddin Yousafzai (father)
Awards International Children’s Peace Prize (Runner-up, 2011) Pakistan’s National Youth Peace Prize (2011).
Malala Yousafzai (Pashto: ملاله یوسفزۍ Malālah Yūsafzay, born 1998) is a student from the town of Mingora in Swat District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. She is known for her education and women’s rights activism in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban has at times banned girls from attending school. In early 2009, at the age of 11, Yousafzai came to prominence through a blog she wrote for the BBC detailing her life under the Taliban regime, their attempts to take control of the valley, and her views on promoting education for girls. Later that year, the Pakistani military intervened, culminating in the expulsion of the Taliban from the Swat Valley. Yousafzai has since been nominated for awards, and has won Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize.
On 9 October 2012, Yousafzai was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus.She remains unconscious and in critical condition. A group of 50 Islamic clerics in Pakistan have issued a fatwā against those who tried to kill her.Malala Yousufzai
Malalai of Maiwand
Born 1861, Khig, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Died
July 1880 (aged 18–19), Maiwand, Kandahar province, Afghanistan. Nationality Afghan. Other names: Malalai Nia, Malala and Malalai of Maiwand. Ethnicity Pashtun. Known for Battle of Maiwand.
Malalai of Maiwand (Pashto: د معيړند ملالۍ), also known as Malala (Pashto:ملاله) or Malalai Anaa (Pashto: ملالۍ انا, meaning Malalai the “grandmother”) is a national folk hero of Afghanistan who rallied the Pashtun army against the British troops at the 1880 Battle of Maiwand. She was a young Pashtun woman who fought alongside Ayub Khan and was responsible for the Afghan victory at the Battle of Maiwand on 27 July 1880, during the Second Anglo-Afghan War. She is also known as “The Afghan Jeanne D’Arc”. There are many schools, hospitals, and other institutions named after her in Afghanistan. Her story is mentioned in all Afghan school text books.
Malalai was born in 1861 at a small village called Khig, about 3 miles southwest of Maiwand in the southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan. During the late 1880s, for the second time, Afghanistan was occupied by British-Indian forces attempting to colonise the area and annex it with what was then British India (now Pakistan and India). The main garrison of the British was located in Kandahar, which is the closest city to the town of Maiwand. The military of Afghanistan was represented by commander Ayub Khan, son of Afghan Emir Sher Ali Khan. Malalai’s father, who was a shepherd, and her fiancée joined with Ayub Khan’s army in the large attack on the British-Indian forces in July 1880. Like many Afghan women, Malalai was there to help tend to the wounded and provide water and spare weapons. According to local sources, this was also supposed to be her wedding day.
Legacy and early death.
The famous shouting of Malalai of Maiwand; “Young love!, If you don’t fall in the battle of Maiwand, By God, someone is saving you as a symbol of shame!
Afghan military commanders on 2 September 1880, about a month after their victory at the Battle of Maiwand. When the Afghan army was losing morale, despite their superior numbers, Malalai took the Afghan flag and shouted:
“Young love! If you do not fall in the battle of Maiwand, By God, someone is saving you as a symbol of shame”
This inspired the Afghan fighters to redouble their efforts. When a leading flag-bearer was killed, Malalai went forward and held up the flag, some versions say she used her veil as a flag), singing a landai:
“With a drop of my sweetheart’s blood, shed in defense of the Motherland, Will I put a beauty spot on my forehead, Such as would put to shame the rose in the garden!”
But then Malalai was herself struck down and killed. However, her words had spurred on her countrymen to victory. After the battle, Malalai was honored for her efforts and buried in her native village of Khig, where her grave remains today. She was between 17-19 at her death. The Pashtun poet Ajmal Khattak , is said to, wrote the following lines about Malalai: “My Malalai is living, and they praise others’ beauty. Though they have eyes, they are blind. MALALAI