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Malala calls out Donald Trump for his anti-Muslim ideology

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Malala Yousafzai is never afraid to speak her mind.

She refused to let an attempt on her life by the Taliban stop her from becoming one of the world's leading advocates of girls' education. 

In 2013, she challenged US President Barack Obama to reconsider his administration's use of drone strikes in the Middle East. 

Now, the world's youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner has added her voice to the growing chorus of people—Republican and Democrat, Muslim or otherwise—criticizing would-be Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump for his blatantly anti-Muslim worldview.

In an interview with AFP, Malala, a practicing Muslim, had this to say about Trump's incendiary stance on Islam, which includes a proposed ban on all Muslims entering the United States: 

"Well, that's really tragic that you hear these comments which are full of hatred, full of this ideology of being discriminative towards others."

Far from ensuring a nation's safety, that hatred can only breed more terrorism, Malala argued in a separate interview with UK news outlet Channel 4

"If your intention is to stop terrorism, do not try to blame the whole population of Muslims for it because it cannot stop terrorism. It will radicalize more terrorists."

Leave it to Malala to inject a little common sense and empathy into a discussion that more often verges on hysteria. Her comments remind me of what documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim said about Islam in his interview with Global Citizen about his latest film, "He Named Me Malala." Click below to watch: 

"As an American, we think that news stories about ISIS or al-Qaeda are stories about Islam, but they're not. ISIS has hijacked Islam— they use the pretense of their faith the become powerful, and we as consumers of news need to go past the surface" —Davis Guggenheim on 'He Named Me Malala'View more from the director of this powerful film:

Posted by Global Citizen on Wednesday, December 2, 2015