If Malala were an Ahmadi Muslim?

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By Mike Ghouse

On October 13, 2014, Dawn News paper Published, “a letter from Dr. Abdus Salam to Malala” at http://www.dawn.com/news/1137319/a-letter-from-dr-abdus-salam-to-malala which is produced below. Thanks for publishing it.

On October 10, 2014, three days before Dawn published, I wrote at   http://worldmuslimcongress.blogspot.com/2014/10/malala-and-dr-abdus-salam-two-nobel.html

 I congratulated Malala for winning the
Nobel Prize, and reminded her that she is not the first Pakistani to win
the Nobel Prize, Dr. Abdus Salam has also won the prize and a great
injustice is done to him by depriving him his place in Pakistan’s
history. As a Nobel Prize laureate she can consider working on getting
him his rightful place in Pakistan, he is celebrated around the world
for his research, and it is time Pakistan does it too. As a Muslim I
celebrate you and Dr. Abdus Salaam.

A few years ago, when I was
searching for Muslim Nobel laureates, I found Dr. Abdus Salam’s name,
but Pakistan did not list him. Here, I am trying to take pride in
listing Muslims who have made it, and this country which was created for
Muslims did not honor him properly, not only that they have desecrated
his name and title on his headstone.  Is anyone going to do anything
about it?

What’s wrong?

Justice for Sunni Muslims
regardless of injustice to others is not Justice. Quran talks about
justice for all – it talks about telling the truth even if it goes
against you. There are numerous examples set by Khulfa-e-Rashidun where
they punished their own kith and kin for a complaint of injustice lodged
by Jews, Christians and others of that time.  What’s wrong with the
Pakistani people to deny Ahmadiyya their rights (if you are not aware of
it, please Google) -what is sad and shameful is the attitudes of
Pakistani Americans living here in the United States who want to deprive
Ahmadiyya from every possible human right. Should America do to them,
what Pakistan does to Ahmadiyya? Do Pakistani American voices have

We may have to ask Pew research to do a survey, if
Muslims understand the word Justice means justice for every party or
just them. Second part of that survey is how much brainwashing is done
to Pakistanis after Bhutto-Zia combine passed the laws declaring
Ahmadi’s to be non-Muslims? Had it not been for the laws, and had it not
been for Maududi, would Pakistanis have developed so much hatred for
fellow Pakistanis?
I felt saddened, when Dean Obeidallah (not sure
his origin) on facebook produced a picture of Muslim Nobel Prize
Laureates that did not include Dr. Abdus Salam.

What I see is
deliberate attempt of Pakistani Authorities to not give credit to an
Ahmadi Muslim, that brainwashing has done it to Malala and Dean
Obeidallah and many a current generation of Pakistani Muslims. I wonder
if Malala were an Ahmadi, or a future scientist from Ahmadiyya Muslim
Community wins, would Pakistan deny him or her rightful place in their
history. If you read about Dr. Salam, despite the treatment, he
preferred Pakistan; he was one of the greatest Patriots of Pakistan.

course there are many more Muslims, but missing the one whose name
continues to be appreciated in the scientific community is not Kosher

Muslim voices will gather strength, when
we are just, just to everyone. Until such time, no one will give a
listen – all the Islamic nations can join together, but still will not
have the power in their voices – we have been partial and unjust, when
Muslims do wrong, we grudgingly or shamefully remain silent.

As a Muslim I am speaking up, would you?
Mike Ghouse
A Sunni Muslims
# # #
Now here is that letter from Dawn

Dear Malala,

Despite all that occurred, I’d
always lugged around with me a sliver of optimism. They referred to me
as Pakistan’s ‘only’ Nobel laureate; I insisted on being called the

I was born in a small town called Santokh Das; arguably
not as beautiful as your Swat valley, but it did have much to offer. I
grew up in Jhang, a city now tainted by its name’s association with
dangerous groups.
My father was an education officer working for the Punjab government. I have a feeling your father would’ve liked him.

you, I took a keen interest in my studies. I enjoyed English and Urdu
literature, but excelled at mathematics. At a very young age, I scored
the highest marks ever recorded then, in my matriculation exam.
My education, however, was never as politically challenging as yours.

did not have to contend with the Taliban destroying my school, or
forbidding boys from receiving education. But whatever barriers they
constructed in your way, you bravely broke through them.
In fact, you continue to defy them with every breath you take.

Winning the Nobel Prize has enraged your attackers, as it has annoyed many of your countrymen.
It takes courage to walk through it all, and knowing you, courage is not in short supply.
a lot has changed in this country. You were mocked and alienated by
your countrymen, when you did nothing wrong. I know something of that.

As a nation, we do not want to be celebrated.

What we wish for is to be pitied.

were pleased with you as long as you were another local victim. But
then, you cast off your victimhood and emerged as a hero, a beacon of
hope for young girls around the world. That’s where you lost them.
We don’t like heroes, Malala.

like battered souls that we can showcase to the world. We want to
humiliate the ‘colonialists’ and the ‘imperialists’ for their crimes,
real or imagined, against the Muslims of the subcontinent.

want them to acknowledge the Iqbalian paradise we lost to the plots and
schemes of the ‘outsiders’. Any mention of the incalculable harm caused
by perpetrators within us, does not assist that narrative.
We do not want to acknowledge the bigotry within, of which I know something too.

is not something I had fully realised the day I received my Nobel
Prize. Standing in ceremonial Punjabi garb among a group of men in
tuxedos, I was proud to represent my country, though my country was far
less thrilled being represented by me.

I was demonized and
successfully disenfranchised for my religious beliefs; I was not allowed
to offer lectures in certain universities due to threats of violence;
my work was belittled by my own people.

I decided that working
abroad was better than being treated as foreigner in my own homeland.
That only gave further wind to the hurtful theories about me being a
‘traitor’ to my country.

Now, the mantle passes to you, dearest child.

And with it, I regret to pass onto you the heart-wrenching burden it brings.

You are the new ‘traitor’.
You are presented with the dire challenge of bringing peace and pride to a country, that doesn’t want your gift.
a mother of a particularly rebellious child, you must find a way to
love them nonetheless. Eventually, I pray, they will understand.

I had the privilege of being the first to offer this country a Nobel Prize. But now there are two of us.
And, I’m still counting.

Yours truly,
Abdus Salam

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