Indian Muslim girl from Mumbai wins Bhagwad Gita competition

2015-04-04 10:38:10 | Al Muslim News
Indian Muslim girl from Mumbai wins Bhagwad Gita competition

 

A 12-year old Muslim schoolgirl recently topped an examination on knowledge of the Hindu holy book, Bhagwad Gita, conducted by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), it was announced here on Friday.
The winner is Maryam Asif Siddiqui, a class 6 student of Cosmopolitan High School of Mira Road, a Muslim-dominated township in western Thane.
Mariyam Asif Siddiqui,12, a student of Cosmopolitan High School in Mira Road, won the contest from among 4,500 students who appeared for the competition from around 195 different schools .
She received the first prize in an inter-school competition for explaining the teachings of the Hindu holy book.
Mariam Kadri, daughter of Asif Naseem Siddiqui, an editor of a local political magazine called Bartaman News, said, “My parents encouraged me to take part in the competition with a view that there is no need to hate any particular religion and it is important to know about the epics from religions to which they do not belong.â€
Curious about inter-religious knowledge, Maryam explained the teachings of the Bhagwad Gita in the best possible manner and bagged the top honours with her answers.
Students from around 195 schools in Mumbai and other parts of state. The English version of the holy book was given to students for a month for preparation purpose. A teacher was also appointed to help students understand the book in detail.
After a month, a written examination was held with 100 questions.
Asif Naseem Siddiqui , her father, said, “These kids are the future of our nation. They should not be divided by religions and should be taught to respect all religions. We encouraged Mariam to recite the Gita, though in English, to make her understand the importance of the Mahabharata in Hindu religion. We also wish to teach her about different religions.â€
"We are delighted. She prepared a whole month for the contest," he told
“We believe in respecting and accepting all religions… no religion preaches ills or hatred,†he added.
"I have told children to respect every religion as they show us the right path," he said.
The Bhagwad Gita is a 700-verse work, which is part of the epic Mahabharata.

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