Malappuram Muslim students win top prizes in Ramayana quiz – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

MALAPPURAM: Two Islamic studies students at KKHM Islamic and Arts College in Valanchery have become role models after they were the winners of a state-level quiz on the Ramayana. Mohammed Jabir PK, a final year student in the eight-year Wafy course, and Muhammad Basith, a fifth year student in the same course, are among the five winners of the competition organized online by a publishing house.

The other winners of the course are Abhiram MP, Neethu Krishnan and Navneeth Gopan. “People should not hesitate to read literature from other religions,” Jabir said. “We should understand all religions through their religious texts. But we should practice the one we like the most. I read the literatures of all religions and follow Islam. More than 1,000 students participated in the quiz, he said.

The curriculum for their Wafy course includes the study of other religions, including Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism, Jabir said. “No one asks us not to read the literatures of other religions. Even our course asks us to learn about other religions and understand their values. All religions ask us to live in harmony and none of them promote hatred,” he said. Jabir said he read a lot about the Ramayana during the lockdown.

“There are many things to learn from the text. He tells us about an ideal person, Rama. It shows us a beautiful bond between brothers and how a country can be better governed,” he said. Basith said he developed an interest in the Ramayana during his childhood. “I read a lot about the Ramayana in children’s literature during my childhood.

Recently, I also used our library to learn more about the religious text,” he said. Jabir clarified that Wafy students must also take a bachelor’s degree alongside Islamic studies. “We have to take a degree course at a university to get a certificate for our eight-year Wafy course. Most of us complete the course through distance learning.

Some colleges of Islamic studies provide facilities to take regular courses and Islamic studies on the same campus,” he said. After the publishing house announced the winners, some people criticized the duo saying that Muslim students learn about other religions to make fun of followers of other religions. “Such comments are very disappointing. We learn about other religions by respecting people’s beliefs in other religions,” Jabir said.

MALAPPURAM: Two Islamic studies students at KKHM Islamic and Arts College in Valanchery have become role models after they were the winners of a state-level quiz on the Ramayana. Mohammed Jabir PK, a final year student in the eight-year Wafy course, and Muhammad Basith, a fifth year student in the same course, are among the five winners of the competition organized online by a publishing house. The other winners of the course are Abhiram MP, Neethu Krishnan and Navneeth Gopan. “People should not hesitate to read literature from other religions,” Jabir said. “We should understand all religions through their religious texts. But we should practice the one we like the most. I read the literatures of all religions and follow Islam. More than 1,000 students participated in the quiz, he said. The curriculum for their Wafy course includes the study of other religions, including Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism, Jabir said. “No one asks us not to read the literatures of other religions. Even our course asks us to learn about other religions and understand their values. All religions ask us to live in harmony and none of them promote hatred,” he said. Jabir said he read a lot about the Ramayana during the lockdown. “There are many things to learn from the text. He tells us about an ideal person, Rama. It shows us a beautiful bond between brothers and how a country can be better governed,” he said. Basith said he developed an interest in the Ramayana during his childhood. “I read a lot about the Ramayana in children’s literature during my childhood. Recently, I also used our library to learn more about the religious text,” he said. Jabir clarified that Wafy students must also take a bachelor’s degree alongside Islamic studies. “We have to take a degree course at a university to get a certificate for our eight-year Wafy course. Most of us complete the course through distance learning. Some colleges of Islamic studies provide facilities to take regular courses and Islamic studies on the same campus,” he said. After the publishing house announced the winners, some people criticized the duo saying that Muslim students learn about other religions to make fun of followers of other religions. “Such comments are very disappointing. We learn about other religions by respecting people’s beliefs in other religions,” Jabir said.

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