Malala Yousafzai is not your average 16-year-old.
An outspoken advocate for female education, Malala has survived an assassination attempt, is the youngest person ever to have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and she’s written a book, I Am Malala, outlining the Taliban’s rise to power in her Pakistani hometown.
In a recent appearance on The Daily Show, this remarkable teenager left host Jon Stewart speechless with her wisdom, clarity and courage.
When asked about her reaction to the Taliban’s desire to kill her, she said: “I started thinking about that, and I used to think that the Talib would come, and he would just kill me. But then I said, ‘If he comes, what would you do Malala?’ then I would reply to myself, ‘Malala, just take a shoe and hit him.’”
“But then I said, ‘If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib,” Malala continued. “You must not treat others with cruelty and that much harshly, you must fight others but through peace and through dialogue and through education.’ Then I said I will tell him how important education is and that ‘I even want education for your children as well.’ And I will tell him, ‘That’s what I want to tell you, now do what you want.’”
This brave young woman is a humbling reminder of how privileged we are in the western world. Yes, we are faced with violence and a plethora of societal problems, but our children are free to be educated.
“Education is the power for women,” the 16-year-old said.
Also, in her message to the world from the UN where she spoke earlier this year, Malala said:
“I do not even hate the Talib who shot me,” the teen said.
“Even if there is a gun in my hand and he stands in front of me, I would not shoot him,” she added. “This is the compassion that I have learnt from Muhammad the Prophet of Mercy, Jesus Christ and Lord Buddha…. And this is the forgiveness that I have learnt from my mother and father. This is what my soul is telling me, be peaceful and love everyone.”
In a world filled with violence, revenge, and war, this 16-year-old from a war-torn country brings a mighty powerful message to the world. Here’s hoping our global leaders are listening and taking notes.
To see the humbling video, click below…