Basith and Jabir, respectively fifth and final year students of the Wafy programme, an eight-year course at the KKSM Islamic and Arts College in Valanchery in this northern district of Kerala, were among the five winners of the quiz held last month to mark the ‘Month of Ramayana’ course.
The victory of the Islamic students in the Ramayana quiz attracted media attention, following which people from various walks of life began to congratulate the duo. The students said that although they knew the epic since their childhood, they started to read and learn Ramayana and Hinduism in depth after joining the Wafy course, the curriculum of which contains the teachings of all major religions.
The college’s extensive library, which has a huge collection of books on other religions, helped them read and understand the epics. “All Indians should read and learn Ramayana and Mahabharata epics as they are part of the culture, tradition and history of the country. I believe it is our responsibility to learn and understand these texts” , Jabir told PTI.
Emphasizing that Lord Rama is an embodiment of righteousness, patience and serenity, student Wafy said these noble virtues should be part of every human being.
“Rama had to sacrifice even his kingdom to fulfill the promise made to his beloved father Dasaratha. While living in a time of endless power struggles, we should be inspired by characters like Rama and the message of epics like Ramayana,” the 22-year-old said. -former student explained.
Basith felt that a thorough reading would help to better understand other religions and people belonging to these communities. No religion promotes hatred but only spreads peace and harmony, he said, adding that winning the quiz gives him extra motivation to learn the epic more deeply.