Muslim girl from Mumbai wins Bhagwad Gita contest

Published: April 3, 2015


A 12-year-old Muslim girl from Mumbai aced a written competition which evaluates children for their knowledge of Bhagwad Gita.

Maryam Siddiqui stood first among over 3,000 participants at the ‘Gita Champions League’ contest, organised by International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) in January.

“I have always been inquisitive about religions and I often read up on them during my free time. So when my teacher told me about this contest I thought it would be a good chance to understand what the book is about. My parents too supported my idea of participating in the contest,” said Maryam, who received the prize on March 15 for the 100 marks multiple-choice question test.

Maryam studied the test material for almost a month before taking the test. “I read through the material and tried to understand what the Gita tries to tell us. The more I read about different religions, the more I have realized that humanity is the most important religion that we must follow,” she said.

Speaking about the importance of studying different religions, the young student’s father Asif Siddiqui said “Our family believes that one needs to respect and accept all religions. No religion preaches hatred or wrong. However, there are some members who have misguided us. Before these have a bad influence on the children, we need to talk to them and make them understand what is right.”

Proud of Maryam’s achievements, her teacher Sapna Brahmandkar said “The contest is open to students from all religions so we asked if anyone from school wanted to participate. Maryam is excellent at school exams and she showed the same excellence at this contest too.”

This article was originally published on Times of India

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Apr 3, 2015 - 6:46PM

    This way we could come closer to each other religions and find out the misconception to make a way out of hatredRecommend

  • Zafar Iqbal
    Apr 3, 2015 - 11:07PM

    Good Job Maryam

    !000 congratsRecommend

  • Yasin
    Apr 4, 2015 - 3:02AM

    Congrats Maryam.There is no harm in knowing about other religions. Recommend

  • Navin
    Apr 4, 2015 - 7:04AM


  • goggi (Lahore)
    Apr 4, 2015 - 8:32AM

    All actions, all deeds, all Karma, belong to nature, not to the divine. It is man that determines his earthly destiny. The people seal their own fate.

    Bhagavad Gita (from Sanskrit: song of the Blessed One)Recommend

  • Sumit
    Apr 4, 2015 - 1:17PM

    Love you girl. More power to you.Recommend

  • Shashi
    Apr 4, 2015 - 2:57PM

    This is the need of the hour all over the world to end religious strife. We need more such contests for children to participate in Koran, Bible and other Holy texts.How wonderful it would be if Maryam’s parents’ mosque head felicitates her for her excellence notwithstanding it is about understanding some other religion. I’m pretty sure Maryam must be as well versed in Koran and Hadiths. It doesn’t make her less of a good muslim that she sought understanding of other religions. Well done, Maryam! Take a bow! Recommend

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