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Love for Sanskrit language made many Muslims ‘Pandits’

Language cannot be a barrier for any individual because of his religion. This has been proved by 85 year old Pandit Ghulam Dastagir Birajdar, a Maratha Muslim, former Genral Secy. of Varanasi based Vishwa Sanskrit Pratisthan, who is presently the Chairman of the committee to prepare school textbooks for Sanskrit in Maharashtra. His command over Sanskrit language has fascinated many Hindus, who invite Dastagir Birajdar to solemnize marriages, preside over pujas or perform last rites. Moreover, he has taught many Hindus to perform Hindu rituals. Birajdar, a certified Pandit and recipient of a citation from the former President Dr. K.R. Narayanan is among the several Muslims in India, who have bucked the trend and studied and taught Sanskrit.

To them, the Vedic principle ‘Ekam Brahma Dutia nasti’ (God is one and there is none except Him) is the truth, also enshrined in the Quranic declaration of ‘La illaha illallah’ (there is no God but God). Scholars mention about learning of Sanskrit by more and more Muslims as they have an urge to understand Indian civilization. Many Muslims learn Sanskrit because they want to use this knowledge to bring Islam and Hinduism closer through comparative studies of the Quran and Hindu scriptures and to find the similarities between Sanatan Dharam’s books (Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagvad Gita) and the Islamic books (the Quran and Hadith).

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