Vrindavan, 2017.09.21 (VT): The Haryana Red Cross held a training camp in Vrindavan from 15th to 20th September to train 300 girls in first aid, disaster relief and assisting disabled persons. The program included a recital of the Bhagavad Gita by blind Muslim girls, which lasted over 2 hours.
Haryana governor Kaptan Singh Solanki attended the program and was most impressed by the Muslim girls’ recital. He said that everyone should read the Gita for success in life.
The Bhagavad Gita slokas were read during the opening ceremony of the program, along with patriotic songs, Braj folk songs and dances by children. The program organizers hope to raise awareness about life-saving actions like blood and organ donation. The program also provided cultural education about traditional Braj samskars to the visiting Haryana children.
There have been several other impressive incidents concerning Muslim children learning the Bhagavad Gita including a report by Times of India about a 7-year-old blind girl from Delhi who memorised the entire text by listening to the principal of her school recite it.
Asif Siddiqui, who encouraged his daughter to enter a Bhagavad Gita quiz competition run by Mumbai ISKCON, said that he wanted his daughter to learn about other religions so that she can have informed discussions and will not be misled. Mariyam Asif Siddiqui, who was the winner of the competition, said that she enjoyed learning the Gita because it echoed some Muslim teachings. She said that the Gita impressed upon her that, “The path to the truth is non-violent and no one should insult anyone else.”