We believe that when we have our first sight of the Kaaba, the black-shrouded cube in Mecca that is our most sacred place, any wish in your heart is granted by God.
When we prayed at the Kaaba, we prayed for peace in Pakistan and for girls' education, and I was surprised to find myself in tears.
But when we went to the other holy places in the desert of Mecca where the Prophet lived and preached, I was shocked that they were littered with empty bottles and biscuit wrappers.
It seemed that people had neglected to preserve history.
I thought they had forgotten the Hadith that cleanliness is half of faith.
My world has changed so much.
On the shelves of our rented living room are awards from around the world – America, India, France, Spain, Italy and Austria, and many other places.
I've even been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, the youngest person ever.
When I received prizes for my work at school I was happy as I had worked hard for them, but these prizes are different.
I am grateful for them, but they only remind me how much work still needs to be done to achieve the goal of education for every boy and girl.
I don't want to be thought of as 'the girl who was shot by the Taliban' but 'the girl who fought for education'.
This is the cause to which I want to devote my life.