Humanity is the greatest religion, believes Maryam Siddiqui, a Muslim girl who won a contest on Gita
Isn’t it amazing when a Muslim girl wins a Bhagwad Gita competition? Indeed, it is!! 12-year-old Maryam Siddiqui, a student of the Cosmopolitan High School in Mira Road, won the Shrimad Bhagwad Gita Champion League, after defeating more than 4,500 students who had participated in the competition.
Maryam Siddiqui is the daughter of Asif Naseem Siddiqui, an editor of a local political magazine called Bartaman News. Maryam’s parents encouraged her 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.
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. I have told children to respect every religion as they show us the right path. Said the delighted father of Maryam.
Students from more than 150 schools in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai have participated in the competition, organized by ISKCON. The contest included recitation of the Gita in English and followed by a written test.
It was very interesting to read Bhagwad Gita as I have got a lot of information about life from it. The holy book has taught me the golden rules of life. It says that though there are many religions but humanity is the biggest religion among all. Said Maryam Siddiqui.
People of all religions are to be loved and should be respected. Maryam is only 12, but taught us a great lesson by winning the Bhagwad Gita competition. And of course, Mariam’s parents are to be applauded for encouraging her to participate and to respect all the religions. Humanity is the greatest religion, Maryam proved it too well.
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