Saudi Arabia includes Ramayana and Mahabharata in school curriculum

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Nouf Almarwaai, who resides in Jeddah Saudi Arabia, has been honoured with a ‘Padma Shri’ for distinguished service by the President of India. She is the first Saudi Yogacharya, and founder of Saudi Yoga & Nouf Academy.

Her tweet informing about the inclusion of Ramayan and Mahabharat in Saudi Arabia’s new Vision2030 & curriculum has gone viral. 

Saudi Arabia’s Vision2030 & curriculum will help in creating coexistent, moderate & tolerant generation, she points out and to drive home her message, Nouf tweeted screenshots of her son’s Social Studies question paper for school exam on 15 April. The questions cover concepts and history of Hinduism, Buddhism, Ramayana, Karma, Mahabharata & Dharma. 

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Through another tweet Nouf has pointed out that Santan dharma is the cultural and civilization background of India. All the philosophies and vedic sciences are branched from that. Ramayana and Mahabharata are great epic poems, very long and ancient, why do we bury a country’s heritage? Its a very rich literature and art.

Further, Nouf has stated that she could understand why her tweet about her son’s social studies curriculum went viral in India. The history of any country is its pride & culture. It doesn’t have to be deleted due to faith differences and there is no need to even be apologetic about its literature and culture.

The history of any country is its “identity” a person without identity can be easily dragged and affected by different ideologies and methods, Nouf points out adding Children need to be connected to their heritage and still build a strong faith in their religion this is tolerance and coexistence.

The history of every nation and its civilization is its identity, and the human being lacking identity are easily swept away by different currents and get easily confused. Nouf points out emphatically that Islamic religion does not prevent the study and respect of other cultures and religions, as the believer must have a firm and stable belief.

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