VARANASI: Holding the Quran in one hand and the Bhagavad Gita in the other, Mukhtar Ahmad conducts “a class of communal harmony” at a madrassa in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi district to enable students to draw similarities between Islam and Hinduism. “Our main objective behind teaching Hindu scriptures along with the Quran is to undertake a comparative study of the holy books of the two religions to enable our students to draw similarity between Islam and Hinduism,” Ahmad, a teacher at the Islamic seminary, said. “By drawing similarity between the two religions, students will be able to correlate the teachings of Quran with those of the Bhagavad Gita and other Hindu ancient text, which in turn would enable them to respect the two religions in the same manner,” he added.
Today, not only the Bhagavad Gita, the four Vedas – Rig, Sama, Yajur and Atharva – are taught to the students along with subjects like Hindi, English and Computer Science. “…the introduction of Hindu scriptures in the syllabi has been considerably appreciated by our Hindu brothers. We believe we would soon have Hindu students seeking admission in Bahrul-Uloom,” he added.
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