Terrorism has no link with Islam, Malala speaks at Oxford

OXFORD: Malala Yousufzai, who earned a name in in struggle against Taliban has bagged another award by speaking in the oldest institution The Oxford University’s Union and she joined the ranks of Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa and many other legends who have entered in the historical hall of the varsity and spoke at Oxford Union. Besides these legends two Pakistani leaders former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and former President Pervez Musharraf also addressed the Oxford Union.
While answering questions of students in jampack historical Debate Hall, Malala highlighted the importance of peace and education in Islam and Pashtun culture, saying Islam is a peaceful religion, which teaches its followers to be kind towards others. It guides people to greet others by saying Assalam-o-Alaikum, which means may you be in peace. Our grand father always reminded us of the Quranic verse that killing one human is like killing all of humanity.
Islam gives special importance to education, Malala said, adding the first verse of the Holy Quran to be revealed started with the word ‘Iqra’, which means ‘learn.’ “Our Prophet (peace be upon him) said that seek knowledge even in China. These are the values which we learn at home, school and from elders in Pakistan.”
She said world powers should make knowledge a tool in spite of using weapons which are causing nothing but death and destruction. “World should review its policy towards terrorism and spend more and more money on modern higher education that piling up sophisticated weapons”, she asked.
She gave credit to her parents for inspiring her to struggle for the girls’ right to education and also thanked the people from around the world for showing solidarity with her cause. “You only realize the importance of something when it is denied, as happened in Swat. Therefore people all over the world must come together to realize the universal right to education in oppressed societies,” said the most favourite nominee of this year’s Nobel Peace Award.
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President Oxford Union Vichara Sindhu, former president maria Romain and President Pakistan Students Society and Ph D in political Science students, Adnan Rafiq were amoing penalist who asked questions. while Malala’s father Ziauddin Yousafzai, Pakistani High Commisioner Wajid Shamsul Hassan and Asifa Bhutto were also present on the occasion.
Malala was vary serious while answering questions of students of world oldest alma-mater, while mostly questions regarding terrorism weree answerd by her father, who is serving as Education Attache in Birmingham Consulate.
Malala said she had a desire to become a doctor but for the purpose of bringing change in society she has quit this idea and chose the path of politics and now she want to be a politician and serve the people.
She said that corruption, terrorism and extremism has no link with Islam and world media who clear the misconception as it has linked terrorism and extremism with Islam.
To a question, Malala said she is inspired by struggle of Nelson Mandela.
To another question she said that Birmingham and London have gave her a lot of love and affection, but it is difficult to forget the scenic beauty of Swat.