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Malala To Be Conferred With Nobel Peace Prize: The Story of Malala

malala for nobel

She envisioned the dream of women liberation in the streets of Swat (Pakistan) when she was shot, but now her dream has transformed into a more zealous fight for the rights of women. After she was successful in defeating death, she has emerged stronger and decided to challenge the Taliban more vociferously. Strong, courageous, and bold, Malala Yousufzai has become a sworn enemy for the Taliban and the torchbearer of women rights in Islam.

Malala has been nominated for 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for her active role against Taliban. The Pakistani child rights activist has become the youngest ever recipient of the prize. The Nobel committee has lauded her "struggle against the suppression of children and young people."

Paying tribute to Malala, Thorbjorn Jagland, Norwegian Nobel Committee chairman, says "Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzai, has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education and has shown by example that children and young people too can contribute to improving their own situations."

"This she has done under the most dangerous circumstances. Through her heroic struggle she has become a leading spokesperson for girls' rights to education."

Nobel committee acknowledged the role of a Muslim girl, that too a Pakistani, for joining in a common struggle for children's education and against extremism.


The Story of Malala: Chapter 1


malala nobel prize winner after the taliban attack
Malala - the name itself inspires attention and evokes action. I am Malala is the real life story of a 16-year-old Pakistani girl, who raised her voice against one of the most violent of human races - the terrorist group of Taliban. Malala was shot for standing up against the Taliban rule that advocated banishment from school for girls. This 16-year-old girl, who loved going to school and wanted to study to do something big in life, opened her voice against the Taliban diktat, asking girls not to fear the terrorist group that wanted to see all girls within the corridors of their homes.

But the Taliban did not sit silently and conspired against this little girl, who has now become a heroine of sort for all Muslim girls in Pakistan. The Taliban plotted to kill her and shot her in October 2012 when she was returning from school in a school bus. The attacker fired three shots, says Malala - while one hit her in the left eye socket, the two others mistakenly hit two other girls. Malala was rushed to a Paksitani hospital and soon after was shifted to Britain, especially after voices to save her life were heard from all corners of the globe. Today, this girl is alive, with God's grace. Undithered by the Taliban, this little Paksitani girl has sworn to continue fighting for the rights of women.

I am Malala
I am Malala is her story - right from her birth until her last day in her home country. Malala has become the voice of Muslims and the face of women rights in Islamic countries - the voice of moderate Muslims who respect their women and see them on a par with men. The Pakistani girl credits her upbringing for her braveheart nature and passion to resist atrocious rule of the Taliban. The charismatic teenager gives due credit to her father, who has remained an active voice against the Taliban's narrow-mindedness. He is an outspoken activist, who is fighting for the rights of women and believes girls have equal rights as men when it comes to education. Presently, he is in Britain with his courageous daughter, who is still receiving treatment after being shot by terrorists last October. Malala has also joined a school there.

In a speech to the UN, she challenges the Taliban, saying, "They think that God is a tiny, little conservative being who would send girls to the hell just because of going to school. The terrorists are misusing the name of Islam and Pashtun society for their own personal benefits. Islam says that it is not only each child's right to get education, rather it is their duty and responsibility."

The Taliban attack has only brought more fame and recognition for Malala on the global level. Now the 16-year-old girl from Pakistan's Swat has hundreds of thousands of followers from all over the world, who are reiterating Malala's message of equality, equal opportunity, and moderate Islam.

After her address to the UN General Assembly, Malala was awarded the Children's Peace Prize. She has also received the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought from the European Parliament and was nominated for the most prestigious Nobel peace Prize. The Malala Fund, her foundation works to make girl education in developing countries a priority. Her book, "I Am Malala," is a frank and straightforward account of her real life happenings and the problems faced by Pakistan when it comes to fighting against the radical brand of Islam.

Unlike the Taliban thinking, Malala's ideology is to fight for girls' rights and create a society where there is equality.

I Am Malala continues: Chapter 1
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Health Benefits of Cloves

clove benefits
clove benefits
Benefits of cloves have been known for ages. Most of us know clove for its aromatic properties, but do you know this dried flower bud of clove tree works magic on health? Yes, research proves that clove is a beneficial herb that can help fight you several health problems. Grown in tropical climates of India and Sri Lanka, clove belongs to the dry-warm group to which belongs another medicinal and aromatic herb - cinnamon (I will write about cinnamon soon).  Personally, we use clove in tea. In my family, it is primarily known for its benefits in fighting cold.

The most popular use of clove is in cuisines world over as a spice and a lesser common use is as food preservative. Rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, clove is a great natural product for health.

Great for teeth
One of the most common benefits of clove is for toothache. As clove works as an antiseptic, clove oil may be applied to the gum to relieve tooth ache. You may even apply the whole clove on the aching side between the teeth if you do not have the oil. Another use of clove is as a mouthwash. It is regarded as safe and effective mouth wash for bad breath. Besides, it is used for pain control during dental work. This means the next time you visit a dentist for a tooth problem, take cloves with you - may be you will not have to bear the pain associated with the tooth procedure.

Works Magic for Skin
Regular application of clove mixture on face keeps it from acne, blemishes or scars, thanks to its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, analgesic properties. Clove oil comprises eugenol, a substance having antibacterial properties. However, avoid undiluted use of clove oil, as it has burning properties. When mixed with a skin friendly carrier oil, such as grapeseed oil, clove oil can help cure emerging or existing breakouts. Clove oil can also help improve complexion when 1 tbs of clove oil is blended with 1 teaspoon of honey. Mix the solution with 3 drops of fresh lemon juice and apply on your face for a better glowing complexion.

clove health benefits
clove health benefits
Fights Allergy
One of the lesser known clove benefits is its use in relieving running nose or allergy symptoms, especially if you are a victim of exposure to cold. If yours is just a mild common cold problem, just smelling the clove will help. However, some studies claim that clove oil could cause an allergic skin reaction, such as burning sensation, lower blood sugar levels and higher risk of bleeding. Studies are also under way to establish the use of clove as a bactericide or fungicide in post-harvest applications.

benefits of clove
benefits of clove oil
Ear aches
One of the unknown benefits of clove oil is that it can alleviate ear ache and reduce infection. Method to use: dilute clove oil in carrier oil. Make sure you do not use water. Place the solution on a cotton ball and use it inside the ear canal. The pain will subside within a few minutes. Due to its antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral properties, clove oil is a great remedy for aches and pains.

Helps Digestion
For people experiencing frequent digestion problems, clove is a magic herb. It stimulates digestive system and can help stomach ulcers. However, if the problem is associated with hemorrhoids or constipation, clove might not be the right solution. Mixing clove oil with an edible apple puree can help fight food poisoning. Research  claims clove oil helps suppress growth of listeria that may be linked to food-borne illness.

Fights cancer
Clove oil uses are still being explored. However, clove oil holds promise as a cancer fighting agent.Research is still under way in this regard. So it should be used under the guidance of a medical practitioner.

Clove or clove oil is undoubtedly a great herb for health. But too much use of clove may not be good for health. Though clove benefits health, it is better to seek guidance of a doctor before starting a therapy on your own.

DISCLAIMER
This article is not a substitute for medical advice.

References
http://www.homeopathy.com.pk/kitchen-herbs/clove-health-benefits-medical-uses.php
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-251-CLOVE.aspx?activeIngredientId=251&activeIngredientName=CLOVE
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20543580_5,00.html
http://www.ncsu.edu/bioresources/BioRes_02/BioRes_02_2_265_269_Alma_ENK_CloveOil_Turkish.pdf
https://www.lib.umn.edu/bell/tradeproducts/cloves

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