Muslim girl scores 100 out of 100 in Sanskrit

Muslim girl scores 100 out of 100 in Sanskrit

Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-06-08 18:21 Bengaluru: The normal belief is that in the rarefied world of Sanskrit, which is mostly dominated by Brahmins, it is difficult for students from other communities to score high marks, leave alone those from other religion to even make an attempt to study and score.But, a Muslim Girl from Uttara Kannada District has demolished that belief, by scoring a centum in the Sanskrit language in SSLC exam.Meet Tafeem Imtiyaz Shaikh, who has become a talk of the town in Sirsi after the SSLC results were announced. Besides scoring a perfect 100 in Sanskrit, Tafeem also got centums in Social Science and Mathematics.Sri Marikamba School Tafeem lost centum by one mark in English and Science and scored 122 in Kannada. She has secured 6th rank in the state by scoring 99.2 �“Sanskrit is the mother of all languages. Although I am a Muslim, I don’t feel anything wrong in learning Sanskrit language. My father and aunts too studied Sanskrit in their school days. I feel happy for the marks I have scored in Sanskrit. I am very happy as I am the 6th rank holder,” said Tafeem.Ask her to recite a few shlokas, and she recites them with amazing fluency. She says she has learnt about five shlokas that includes Sharadha and Guruve Sarva Loka Naam.“Namaste Sharada Devi Kashmira Puravaasini. Twamaham Prarthate Nityam Vidya anancha dehime. Saraswati namasthyubym varade kaamarupini. Vidyarambham karishyami siddhirbhavatu me sada,” she recites mellifluously.She goes on to explain the meaning. “It means that I offer salutations to the Goddess of wisdom, Sharada. She is one who resides in Kashmira and asking her to bestow wisdom to achieve success and strength to fulfill my desires.”When asked about any reservations the community has about learning Sanskrit, which is viewed with suspicion by many in the minority community, she says it’s about the knowledge and my family and Sri Marikamba School helped me in picking the language well. Imtiyaz Sheik with TafeemSupporting Tafeem’s views, her father Imtiyaz Sheik says: “My father was Kannada teacher in government school here and my sister Shenaz Sheik was topper in Karwar in Sanskrit Subject. Shenaz gave learning tips to my daughter about the subject. Sanskrit is not new to Tafeem. she grew up hearing the language and shlokas. At the same time, we also have ensured she receives enough of Islamic teachings. Both the combined knowledge has helped to identify her goal of becoming a Doctor in future,” said Sheik.Hard works paysTafeem, who has been always taught to work hard, says she helps her mother in kitchen in the early morning after the prayers and then heads to school. Once she is back from school, she takes a break for few hours and from 7 pm onwards, she studies her text books and school notes and the study materials given by her aunt. “I start my preparation by 7pm and it may go on up to 1am. Although I use to go to bed late in the night, I was never late for school as I am an early bird.” She said. She has opted for Physics, Maths, Chemistry and Biology in 1st PUC as she aims to become a doctor.Watch Video: