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Religion no bar for this soul

“This is very unusual and unique,” said the Muslim parents gathered at the Qur’an recitation competitions recently held in Vijayawada, when they witnessed an 11-year-old Hindu girl fluently recite the holy suras.

K. Swarna Lahari, Class VI student from a government minority school, was the centre of attention that day. Participating along with 200 Muslim children, she cleared the preliminary test to make it to the final round with 20 other shortlisted contestants. She took everyone by surprise with her perfect recitations of Qur’anic verses.

It was two years ago that Swarna’s teachers at school noticed her interest in reading the Qur’an. Ever since, they have encouraged and helped her. She was given a special prize for her extraordinary talent at the competition. Swarna’s parents K. Durga Prasad and Sujatha were filled with pride when they saw how their young daughter had impressed all the Muslim parents present.

Young Swarna, who regularly visits the temple, said, “I will continue reading the Qur’an and try to understand the essence of its meaning as I grow up. The credit goes to my teachers, who have helped me a lot.”  (B. Tharun Kumar, Deccan Chronicle)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 March 2015 on page no. 13

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