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  1. https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/sikh-pilgrims-among-19-feared-killed-in-bus-train-accident-in-pakistan-s-sheikupura/story-f5Cq6RBrV0NuGL7Nn7cO8M.html 20 people, mostly Sikh pilgrims, feared dead as train rams bus in Pakistan’s Sheikhupura WORLD Updated: Jul 03, 2020 18:35 IST Imtiaz Ahmad | Edited by Arpan Rai Hindustan Times, Islamabad The bus carrying the pilgrims was hit at an unmanned railway crossing by the Karachi bound Shah Hussain Express. (ANI / Twitter) Twenty people, mostly Sikh pilgrims, are feared dead in an accident between a bus and a train near Sheikhupura on Friday afternoon. The bus carrying the pilgrims was hit at an unmanned railway crossing by the Karachi bound Shah Hussain Express. The pilgrims were travelling from Peshawar. Police have said there were 25-27 persons in the van at the time of the accident. Pakistan railways official said railway and district rescue teams arrived at the spot to rescue the victims. The injured were rushed to Sheikhupura Hospital and some are reported to be in critical condition. The crossing gate where the accident took place was closed but the coach driver may have tried to take a shortcut instead of waiting at the crossing, which resulted in the crash, a local police official said. According to the secretary-general of Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee Sardar Amir Singh, the deceased belong to three or four families. The pilgrims were on their way back to Peshawar after a visit to Nankana Sahib — where they had gone to visit relatives. The convoy of pilgrims comprised two more coaches but both took another route and have been reported to be safe. Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan said that the sikh pilgrim were returning from Nankana Sahib. He also said that the injured will be provided with proper medical care. “Deeply saddened at the accident this afternoon at a railway crossing near Sheikhupura which resulted in the death of atleast 20 people, mainly Sikh pilgrims returning from Nankana Sahib. Have directed that proper medical care be provided to the injured,” Khan tweeted. Officials said the Sikh pilgrims were from the northwestern city of Peshawar, reported news agency Associated Press.
  2. I was on youtube the other day just browsing like normal. But then I randomly decided to do a search on Sikhism to see the latest videos posted using the filter button. Anyways I came across this newly posted video of a so called Sikh guy who "converted" to Islam and he makes his "testimony". I have not even watched the video to be honest. But its disturbing to see this kind of ant sikh videos. ie trying to gain more followers by using this guy to promote Islam. Anyone know about this? I only came across it a few days ago. seems like something very new.
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    Sikh Defence League

    Hi we a few sikhs and white lads have set up a new organisation called Sikh Defence League to protect our community and to take action , comment if your interested
  4. https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/abducted-sikhs-wife-appeals-to-pm-as-afghan-gets-more-risky-for-minorities-104868 Abducted Sikh's wife appeals to PM as Afghan gets more risky for minorities Nidan Singh was abducted earlier this week Nidan Singh. Photo: Twitter Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 26 The wife of a Sikh man abducted in Afghanistan has asked for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention to have her husband freed and then granting Indian citizenship to her family of six. Attacks on Sikh minorities in Afghanistan have increased ever since India cast its lot with the Kabul regime in the ongoing peace talks with the Taliban. Another threat to the minorities has been the rise of an ISI-affiliated terrorist outfit. Security analysts believed it was behind the Gurdwara Har Rai Sahib massacre in Kabul to announce its presence. The abducted Sikh, Nidan Singh, is an Afghan who had moved to India for some years when the Taliban gained ascendancy in the early 90s and worked odd jobs here. It is still not clear how and by whom Nidan Singh was asked to return and man Gurdwara Tala Sahib in Afghanistan’s Paktia Province near the border with Pakistan. The wider region called “Loya Paktia” has been a Mujahideen and then Taliban\Haqqani Group stronghold since the early 1980s. Nidan Singh lived at the gurdwara where Guru Nanak was reported to have visited with his wife and children and was responsible for its upkeep, sources said. Nidan Singh was abducted earlier this week. India and other countries are worried over the shrinking of space for Sikh and Hindu minorities ever since US-Taliban talks got into high gear and India excluded itself from establishing contacts with the insurgent group. India has condemned Nidan Singh’s abduction and the government hopes the Afghan government will be able to secure his safe and early release. Soon after the May 15 massacre at the Kabul Gurdwara, former US Vice-President Joe Biden had promised to raise the annual global refugee admissions cap to 1.25 lakhs if he won the November US Presidential elections. Implicit was the assurance that some of the quota would be for Afghanistan’s embattled Sikh community. The USCIRF, which frequently upbraids India for its treatment of minorities, had described the Kabul attack as a “terrible tragedy” for a “wonderful, peaceful religious group” that has been virtually decimated in Afghanistan with just a thousand left. Its chief Senator Sam Brownback was more guarded than Biden on the issue of citizenship but has mentioned the possibility of settling them in Canada, India or Pakistan. “We’ve been inquiring, as others have, of possible places for the remaining Sikhs in Afghanistan to go to be able to be safe. I don’t have anything publicly that I could say,” he had observed.
  5. I have recently just got into Sikhi. I'm a born Sikh, and just know the basics. I want to learn. Please recommend me good books in English.
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    Jathera Worship

    I have a question about Jathere. My immediate and extended family are very devout into going to their Jathere and performing all sorts of traditions and rituals there. At one point Guru Granth Sahib ji was kept at "my" jathera but was removed by some Singhs for obvious reasons. From my understanding of Sikhi, worshipping ancestors,idols, and etc is a hollow act in itself and not neccessarily going to lead you down the spiritual path you may be seeking (I think we can reference the last pauris of Tav Prasad Svaye here). The realization and understanding of spirituality in the sikhi perspective comes from reading, reflecting on, and implementing Gurbani in your life in an incremental manner. However, if I tell my family that performing rituals at the jathera, let alone go to it, doesnt make sense to me and that Gurbani teaches otherwise, they get angry. They get all dukhi saying ajj kal di paneeri don't give crap about anything. I even asked them why they perform rituals like pouring atta (flour) around a tree a certain number of times. They say the elders used to do it so we have to continue. I believe it's out of fear as in "If we don't do it, this ancestor may curse us" type of thing. So my question is: Is trying to follow my current beliefs on this matter and angering my parents/relatives wrong of me to do when the next time a situation comes to go and perform rituals at the Jathera and I refuse? Or should I give in so my parents can be happy? What would be the Gurmat way?
  7. Photos of funeral, they were really young like 23,23 years old how sad for the parents https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8435033/amp/India-says-soldiers-mutilated-beaten-death-Chinese-soldiers.html
  8. Even if one reasons he did something wrong to deserve a beating, I don't see a justification to remove his turban and drag by Kes. But I see its increasingly becoming common in arguments, that sikh guy's turban is removed from head, which honestly as we all turbaned men can agree is akin to stripping someone naked.
  9. I have a few quesions What’s the difference between a normal chola and a taksali chola Can you wear a pajami with a chola where can you get a chola sewed around Birmingham and is a kurta pajma a Sikh thing of indian is it okay to weae
  10. Why do a lot of sikhs bash the sikh missionaries? I am not a supporter, but i want to know more about them, and why are they bashed? This might give me a insight to the situation.
  11. Today I see many people mix Punjabi culture things with sikhi. Like I personally think that Bhangra, giddha and other things like this aren’t related to sikhi and aren’t allowed for Sikh to do. People need to understand that being Punjabi is different than being a Sikh. Do u guys think that Bhangra and giddha r forbidden in sikhi?? I wanna hear sum more people’s vichar in this
  12. SSA all. Hope everyone is fine and well. I Just wanted to let everyone know that I am now on TikTok and have an account where I post educational videos on Sikhi. In a short space of time I have gained considerable popularity thanks to supporters and followers liking my channel. I am not afraid to tackle difficult subjects and talk about extremism and religious conversions by Christians and Muslims aswell as many other topics. I am not part of any Jathas or Sikh groups, but completley independent. Please take some time to view and share. You can also make suggestions on what I should cover in my next videos. The link to my TikTok profile is below. https://vm.tiktok.com/wn7jjY/ Here I talk about Muslim conversion in India https://vm.tiktok.com/KLowBD/ Here I question certain Christian principles. https://vm.tiktok.com/KLqBDp/ I am also on YouTube SikhismGuide https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCfRXqXe5vTHpjHlLU-MOHwp Many Thanks I do all this for free and do not ask for anything in return. All I ask is. if people find the videos helpful then please share via social media so that more awareness can be raised and videos get around more. Many Thanks
  13. Our Ithiaas has witnessed many assassins with amazing stories of faith, courage and revenge. Here are a few of them Bhai Mehtab Singh and Bhai Sukha Singh. After years persecution many Sikhs had left the cities and villages and started living in the forests and deserts. Governor of Lahore Zakhariya Khan appointed Massa Ranghar as head of Amritsar. Massa Ranghar made Harmandir Sahib into his palace and drank alcohol, used hukkah and had dancing girls. A band of Sikhs had left Punjab for Rajasthan and once the news of Massa Ranghars behavior reached them, two brave warriors Bhai Sukha Singh and Bhai Mehtab Singh set themselves the task of assassinating Ranghar. Disguising themselves as tax payers they entered Harmandir Sahib and cut his head off with a sword. They then put his head in a bag and traveled from Amritsar to Bikaner where they stuck his head on the end of a spear and presented it to the sangat. Shaheed Udham Singh. After Udham Singhs father passed away he was raised in a Sikh orphanage in Amritsar. At a young age he witnessed the Jallianwala Bagh massacre under General Dyer. Udham Singh traveled to England and assassinated Michael O'Dwyer who was the Governor of Punjab at the time of the massacre. Udham Singh was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Udham singh explained his motivation: I did it because I had a grudge against him. He deserved it. He was the real culprit. He wanted to crush the spirit of my people, so I have crushed him. For full 21 years, I have been trying to seek vengeance. I am happy that I have done the job. I am not scared of death. I am dying for my country. I have seen my people starving in India under the British rule. I have protested against this, it was my duty. What greater honour could be bestowed on me than death for the sake of my motherland? Udham Singhs speech at his trial: He started the speech with a denunciation of British Imperialism: "I say down with British Imperialism. You say India do not have peace. We have only slavery Generations of so called civilisation has brought us everything filthy and degenerating. known to the human race. All you have to do is read your own history. If you have any human decency about you, you should die with shame. The brutality and blood thirsty way in which the so called intellectuals who call themselves rulers of civilisation in the world are <banned word filter activated> blood . . ." At this point he was interrupted by the judge, but after some discussion he continued: "I do not care about sentence of death. It means nothing at all. I do not care about dying or anything. I do not worry about it at all. I am dying for a purpose.’ Thumping the rail of the dock, he exclaimed, ‘We are suffering from the British Empire.’ Udham Singh continued more quietly. ‘I am not afraid to die. I am proud to die, to have to free my native land and I hope that when I am gone, I hope that in my place will come thousands of my countrymen to drive you dirty dogs out; to free my country. "I am standing before an English jury. I am in an English court. You people go to India and when you come back you are given a prize and put in the House of Commons. We come to England and we are sentenced to death.’ "I never meant anything; but I will take it. I do not care anything about it, but when you dirty dogs come to India there comes a time when you will be cleaned out of India. All your British Imperialism will be smashed.’ "Machine guns on the streets of India mow down thousands of poor women and children wherever your so-called flag of democracy and Christianity flies.’ "Your conduct, your conduct – I am talking about the British government. I have nothing against the English people at all. I have more English friends living in England than I have in India. I have great sympathy with the workers of England. I am against the Imperialist Government.’ "You people are suffering – workers. Everyone are suffering through these dirty dogs; these mad beasts. India is only slavery. Killing, mutilating and destroying – British Imperialism. People do not read about it in the papers. We know what is going on in India." At this point the judge refused to hear any more, but Singh continued: "You ask me what I have to say. I am saying it. Because you people are dirty. You do not want to hear from us what you are doing in India. He then thrust his glasses back into his pocket, and exclaimed three words in Hindustani and then shouted: 'Down with British Imperialism! Down with British dirty dogs!" He turned to leave the dock, spitting across the solicitor’s table. Shaheed Satwant Singh and Shaheed Beant Singh assassinated Indira Gandhi for her attack on Harmandir Sahib, both Singhs were her bodyguards. Beant Singh fired at Indira with his 38.revolver three times and she fell to the ground, Satwant Singh then fired at her thirty times with his Sten. Indira had thirty three bullets in her abdomen. Both Singh surrendered at the scene. Beant Singh was shot while in custody while Satwant Singh was sentenced to death in 1989. In trial Satwant Singh said: "Let any part of my body, after my shaheedi ["martyrdom"], removed and used by anyone who may need. However, if you need my eyes, let the authorities tell my parents. I have no hatred for any Hindu, Muslim, Christian, neither hatred for any religion. After my Shaheedi, let no Sikh throw any rock at any Hindu. I am not in favour of any retaliation or bloodshed over my Shaheedi. If we do create bloodshed, then there is no difference between us and Rajiv Gandhi. I am Proud of the task that I did! I do ardas [prayer] in front of Waheguru ! If I am blessed with a human life, then give me a death of the Brave when I am hanged. Forget one life, if I could I would give up a thousand lives to kill dushts [thugs] like Indira Gandhi, and laugh as I become Shaheed [a martyr] by hanging…." Kehar Singh the uncle of Satwant Singh was also hanged with his nephew in 1989 for plotting the assassination Shaheed Bhai Harjinder Singh Jinda and Shaheed Bhai Sukhjinder Singh Sukha were involved in 3 high profile assassinations. Assassination of Lalit Makkan. Lalit was a congress politician and was involved in the killing of innocent Sikhs in 1984. Both Singhs along with Ranjit Singh Gill gunned down Lalit in Delhi on July 31st 1985. Lalit started running towards his house for cover as the Singhs continued firing towards him. Lalits wife Geeta anjali and visitor Bal Kishan were also caught in the firing. The Singhs then escaped on their motorbike. Assassination of General Vaidya. General Arun Vaidya was the the chief of the Indian army who ordered the attack on Harmandir Sahib. Arun was shot dead on the August 10, 1989 while he was driving home from a market. Arun was in his car when he was shot dead by the two Singh who fired at him from their motorbike. Aruns wife who was in the car with him survived. Arun died on the spot with wounds to the head and neck. Assassination of Arjan Das. Arjan Das was a close friend of Rajiv Gandhi and had involvement in the Delhi 1984 riots. Arjan was assassinated by both Singhs on September 5, 1985. Sukhjinder Singh was arrested on 7th September 1986, while Harjinder Singh was arrested on March 1987. Both Singh were hanged on 9th October 1992. Shaheed Dilawar Singh Babbar assassinated Punjab Chief minister Beant Singh in Chandighar. Beant's regime was responsible for the death of thousands of innocent young Singhs in fake encounters. Dilawar Singh worked in Punjab police when he decided to join Babbar Khalsa. Beant was assassinated with a bomb blast in Chandigarh on the 31st of August 1995, he was blown up in his car. Dilawar Singh Babbar acted as a suicide bomber in the attack. The Backup Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana was later convicted for the killing.
  14. Is there any difference between a taksali gutka and any other ones like budha dal gutkas? I used to use mysikhi app to do nitnem and read gurbani, but recently i downloaded the damdami taksal sunder gutka app.
  15. I tie a taksali dumala, but i am wondering what is the history behind it. Apparently the singhs in guru jis time used to wear nihang dumala and used used to wear chakars on them. When was the taksali dumala style made? who made it? is there a reason why taksalis wear this dumala?
  16. A question for those who know more than me. Outside of India (leaving this out as I think mixed/disparate replies will be received) in which countries are Sikhs best known/highest awareness amongst the general population ? Some of the top ones will include Pakistan, Canada, UK, maybe Kenya (and to lesser extent Tanzania and Uganda). Others I think will include Singapore and Malaysia. After that, maybe Germany and France, and then some other European countries like Holland, Italy and Spain Other countries of significance (population) - I think most Americans, Chinese and Russians do not know much. Thoughts....
  17. I read this article. This Namdhari Dalip Singh has said a very good thing. Read article attached
  18. can someone explain if suraj parkash is right or wrong? why is it reliable if it was written in 1843, which was way after guru jis time. I follow taksal maryada and i havent quite understood why the taksal has chosen to do suraj parkash parchar.
  19. Here in the UK, there have been cases where British born non practicing Sikhs have taken the shahada and become practicing Muslims i.e. turned from their parent's religion Sikhi, to Islam. I've noted that in this cases, Gursikhs and Amritdharis find out about the person or are approached by the person's family and turn up to the newly converted person's house to make them see sense / see the light. But this response is reactive rather than pro-active. Person's converted now, heart, mind and soul, bit late for the Singhs to be turning up to the person's house to start their parchaar and try to convince them to turn back to Sikhi (when they were never in it in the first place) Shouldn't we be reaching these potentially vulnerable and impressionable people before they even take their first step away from Sikhi so to speak, rather than having no involvement in their lives, until they convert, at which point it's time to turn up lol? Might I suggest GurSikhs step out of their comfort zones and exclusive 'amritdhari-only' social circles, get their hands dirty and reach these people before their targeted, influenced by outside sources, and future generations are lost.
  20. In punjab b4 any event or starting anything new they prepare langar for 5 singhs, they do ardas first and then give langar to 5 singhs and then every1 else joins in langar. both side of my families do it on vaisakhi when they gnna harvest the crops also do it when they plant the crops, on weddings, new years, b4 any construction etc people call the granthi from the gurdwara do ardas. prepare langar at home and then get 5 singhs from the pind young or old give them the langar and then every1 joins in and eats langar too iv never seen this in the UK. a few years back when i went my pua from canada was there as well and she organised this at our jaghaa which is obviously not sikhi lol but we got the granthi to do ardas and then 5 singhs from the pind were given the prepared langar 1 didnt turn up so a singh who was working in the fields was called over to have langar and then after serving them we all sat down and had langar and any1 else around working in the fields were given langar too. we also did this after our koti was complete 2 yrs ago got ardas done and langar prepared was given to 5 singhs that were invited
  21. Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh, I need help in saying I don’t want the relationship anymore or to end it but without insulting myself or hurting the other person. ok so there was this guy who proposed to me and I said yes because he wore a turban, doesn’t cut hair, is respectful and has a good career. He is from another caste but that didn’t affect me much, i knew it will for my parents with old mentality but I know I’d convince them. Being in a relationship for about 7 months but known each other for a couple months more because used to chat. We only met like 3 times only. He told me he rejected many girls because thinkings don’t match and thinks our does but Only I know they don’t match based on Sikhi or many other things our thinkings don’t match. I just go along with him agreeing on his thinking to not create fights or anything but deep down I don’t like it. I took Sri Hukamnama Sahib once for him thinking if it is positive it is a yes from Guru Sahib Ji to keep him and if not then no. I got it a little negative ( no Bani is negative but what I mean is Guru Sahib Ji weren’t happy not a Parsanta wala Sri Hukamnama Sahib) so it means it’s a no. Now I don’t know to say this to him or to back off so I don’t waste his time or hurt him. I am stressed about how to tell him. My friend told me to lie that your dad isn’t saying yes (he know my mom knows and his family knows about me just spoke over the phone with them only ). I am worried about insulting myself (he might say crap to me or his family will since it’s been a while together). I am worried about lying too because his family including hum might hate my dad for no reason. Also, he might say fight with dad or explain to him and fight for love. Please help me what should I do?
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