Going beyond religion, a Mushariff Khan from Madhya Pradesh’s Chhindwara district, a Muslim schoolgirl of class 8, can recite shlokas from the Bhagavad Gita with grace. Her parents and teachers are delighted as the girl has proved that religion indeed has no barrier.
Mushariff, the Muslim schoolgirl, started learning the Bhagavad Gita as part of memory retention training, and now she imbibed the best tenets of the religion. She has learnt 500 out of the total 701 shlokas in the Bhagavad Gita, by heart. She has used the memory retention technique taught by her Abacus and Vedic Mathematics teacher Rohini Menon, reported The New Indian Express.
“Mushariff is one of my best students. I gave her three options to showcase her memory retention technique: memorising the entire dictionary, the entire Constitution of India or the Bhagavad Gita. To the surprise of us all, she opted for learning the Bhagavad Gita. She started learning when she was in Class VI and has so far memorised 500 Sanskrit shlokas,” Menon said.
According to Menon, another student has also tried learning the shlokas but it was only Mushariff who managed to learn so many by heart. She wishes to learn the rest of them too.
Mushariff joined the short course of Memory Retention under Menon two years back. Her father is a Mathematics teacher and mother a housewife.
“After doing the short course, I wanted to do something unique and different. I chose to memorise the Bhagavad Gita because my mother has always taught me that ‘out of your house, you are a just a human being and not an individual following a particular religion’. My parents permitted me to learn the Bhagavad Gita as they wanted me to gain knowledge of every religion,” said Musharraf.
“Yes, we are Muslims. But we want to bring up our daughter in a manner that she grows up to be a noble human being ingrained with the best tenets of every religion,” said her mother Zeenat Khan.