Maryam Siddiqui: the 12-year-old Muslim girl who won the ‘Gita Champions League’ contest

Have you heard of Maryam Siddiqui yet? Last month, this 12-year-old Muslim girl from Mumbai has surprised one and all after winning the ‘Gita Champions League’ contest. Maryam, a class VI student, left nearly 3,000 students behind her in the written competition based on the Bhagwad Gita, organised by International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) in January this year.

The girl was given the first prize in the 100 mark multiple choice question based test, which evaluates children on their knowledge of the holy scripture of Hindus. ‘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,’ Maryam says.


Maryam studies at the Cosmopolitan High School, Mira Road, and has always been inquisitive about religions and read about them in her free time. Maryam also used to have conversations about religion with her parents. Maryam’s parents supported her idea of participating in the contest. ‘Our family believes that one needs to respect and accept all religions. No religion preaches hatred or wrong,’ said her father, Asif Siddiqui.


Source: The New Indian Express

Written by Jenifer Sayyed

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Dr. Jenifer Sayyed is a medical doctor by profession, with an interest in religious views.