PBUH or Perish: Educators in Pakistan Ban Malala Yousafzai’s Book As Anti-Islamic

211145_228560600543835_941065448_nWe have previously discussed the inspiring story of Malala Yousafzai, who has captivated the world in her struggle after being shot in the head by Muslim extremists for her advocacy of female education. It is a story that appears destined to be read around the world but not in Pakistan where various organizations have banned it from private schools. One educator objected that she referred to the Prophet Muhammad without using the abbreviation PBUH — “peace be upon him.” For that, she is viewed as a dangerous heretic not a heroine.

Malala Yousufzai, 14, is an incredibly brave girl who wrote about the atrocities against women and girls under Taliban rule — writing about conditions and crimes in the area. She was honored internationally for her advocacy. A Taliban gunman walked on to her bus as it was leaving her school and asked for her by name. Another girl pointed her out but Malala denied being the girl so the gunman shot both girls in the name of Allah.

Malala was shot in the head and neck but amazingly survived as did the other girl. The Taliban expressed nothing but pride over the crime. Calling her writings “obscenity,” Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan proclaimed “this was a new chapter of obscenity, and we have to finish this chapter. We have carried out this attack.”

Malala and her family had long been threatened by the Taliban ever since she started writing her blog — initially under a pseudonym for the BBC. She went public when the Taliban was pushed out of the Swat Valley.

Now, “educators” in Pakistan are lining up to ban her book because they view it as disrespectful to Islam and, because of the international outcry over her shooting, she will being portrayed as a tool of the West. Some are even saying that she and her Western allies staged the shooting to embarrass Islam.

Adeeb Javedani, president of the All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association, announced that his organization is banning the book for 40,000 affiliated schools and he is demanding a national ban on the book. Likewise, Kashif Mirza, chairman of the All Pakistan Private Schools Federation, banned the book among his schools. He notably said that she was a role model until she decided to write a book — a curious distinction. He noted that she was now to be suppressed because her book referred to the prophet Muhammad without using the abbreviation PBUH — “peace be upon him.” He also noted that the book defended the right of author Salman Rushdie to write his book “The Satanic Verses” (even though the book expresses Yousafzai’s father’s dislike for the book but also his support for free speech) and dares to mention the mistreatment of non-Muslims in Pakistan.

The fact that these are “educators” is chilling. They do not want students exposed to a book that defends free speech and condemns the abuse of people based on their religion. The fact that Javedani would cite the failure to add a PBUH is equally chilling.

Source: Washington Post

12 thoughts on “PBUH or Perish: Educators in Pakistan Ban Malala Yousafzai’s Book As Anti-Islamic”

  1. Religion is a system (Corporate America is a type of religion)

    That system is our enemy.

    But when you look at religion, what do you see? Businessmen, Teachers Lawyers, Carpenters, the very minds of the people we are trying to save.

    But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be deconverted and many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on that system they will fight to protect it.

    Quoting Sam Harris: I know of no society that ever suffered because its people became too reasonable.

    The only time I use PBUH is when I reference to John Moses Browning and Samuel Colt. In the book of revelations (19:11) it states: “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.” Have you ever wondered why (PBUH) John Moses Browning (a Mormon from UT) released the Colt 1911 when he did?

    To the Fascist’s who support banning Malala’s book. Your Mother Is a Hamster and Your Father Smelt of Elderberries now do you understand the silliness of your actions, nope probably not. So stop offending his Holy Noodleness.

  2. Oro Lee, while I disagree with the rather obtuse Guv of Indiana, I still have to make criticism of Zinn’s book. From what I understand, he did not intend to have it be a textbook for any course. It is a useful addition in giving a history of the US left and working folks which is left out of most texts. There are many egregious errors of fact, rationalizations, and it is mainly a polemic rather than a standard history. It would be good for showing students errors of fact and reasoning on many topics in the book. So I would hope that it would be widely used as a supplemental text since it does tell another side of US history.

  3. Oh what a curse to be born a woman in such societies. I hope that she stays far away from any Muslim nation and no assassin reaches her in a safe country. I somehow doubt she will live to an old age unless she goes into hiding like Rushdie.

  4. It seems if you speak out against any regime or person in a position of authority…..you are not well received….peace be upon him…..

  5. The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. — John F. Kennedy

    Most people live in a myth and grow violently angry if anyone dares to tell them the truth about themselves. – Robert Anton Wilson

    Poor President Daniels. Poor Perdue

  6. Following up on doglover’s observation —

    Former Governor of Illinois and now President of Purdue University, Mitch Daniels, upon the passing of the celebrated historian Howard Zinn, demanded that his work be hunted down in Indiana schools and suppressed: “The obits and commentaries mentioned his book ‘A People’s History of the United States’ is the ‘textbook of choice in high schools and colleges around the country.’ It is a truly execrable, anti-factual piece of disinformation that misstates American history on every page. Can someone assure me that is not in use anywhere in Indiana? If it is, how do we get rid of it before more young people are force-fed a totally false version of our history?”

    Based upon then Governor Daniels’ recommendation I am now reading Prof. Zinn’s, A Pepole’s History. I highly recommend it.


  7. Blasphemy in the USA is, raising taxes on the rich, stricter and enforced regulations on Wallst, and single payer universal health coverage.
    Gender does not matter. 1%ers are more equal than 99%ers.

  8. Do any US schools allow textbooks that include Noam Chomsky’s (or anyone else’s) reference to the US and Israel as “terrorist” states? Do any include the photos of US troops torturing prisoners at Abu Ghraib? Do any address Bradley Manning as a hero?

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