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Mon, Mar 30, 2009 2:39:12

Sikh community want answers to Gurdwara fire

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Sikhs write to the police, asking for answers

Fire ripped through the oldest Gurdwara in London on Monday 16th March 2009 at Bow Gurdwara, Harley Road They write :

We write concerning the events that transpired on the 16th March 2009. As you will be aware, the Sikh Temple situate at Harley Road in Bow was raised to the ground by fire.

11 Saroops of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the Guru of the Sikhs, sustained significant burns during the fire.

This has set the Sikh Community on fire, enraged and in disbelief that such a crime could be perpetrated. There is an energy in the Sikh Community that requires justice to be dispensed to settle it.

To date, this has largely been suppressed by community leaders urging the Sikh Community to pull together and focus its energy towards ensuring that the Sanskar (cremation) of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji was effected respectfully.

Suppressed emotions have now been unleashed, the Sanksar ceremony having been completed. Now the Sikh Community as a whole are seeking answers. Attention has turned towards your investigation.

No arrests have been made and this has brought about feelings of frustration, anxiety and anger amongst the Sikh Community which is bent upon ensuring that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

There have been incidents of uprising in Delhi, upon news reaching India of the fire and damage to Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

What needs to be understood is that Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is the Guru of the Sikhs and is so recognised under Indian law as being the living Guru. Although our Guru is timeless, the fire in our minds is akin to an act of murder by law and should be treated with no less passion on your part.

Had the fire claimed the lives of eleven human Sikhs, the 16th February would not have been as dark a day as it is in our hearts.

As such, the Sikh Community would implore you to investigate the matter in the manner that a homicide investigation would be undertaken.

There is a strong feeling amongst the Sikh Community that the Police do not understand the gravity of the crime or that the Police do not care. The community feel that this is low on the list of Police priorities. This is illustrated by the fact that you have interpreted the crime as being a criminal act to "property", thereby treating the incident only as one of arson.

Not enough is being done to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice and this feeling that commitment is lacking on your part will not encourage the Sikh Community to place its faith in your ability to furnish it with justice in the future.

We urge the Police to take this incident seriously. The growing feeling of resentment towards the Police needs to be taken seriously. The matter needs to be taken seriously by the Police.

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If people really cared about that Gurdwara beforehand, Guruji would of never of let that happen. It is his own home, and he is the one that writes the destiny, nevermind punishing the criminal of this act. This happening is a punishment to us. And i know I shouldn't speak for everyone, but come on, i think if someone had true devotion to God, they would have merged with him by now, and they'd be known all over the world. I don't see anyone like that. Therefore we are all egotists, if you deny this then that proves it even more.

Guruji set himself on fire, to show us are true colours and we are not very bright. Which saint will stand up and carry the rest of us across? By myself I can not do anything at all.

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Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

To mark the Atrocity that happened at Gurdwara Sikh Sangat in Bow on 16.03.09 when a cold hearted arson attack lead to the desecration of 11 saroops of Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji Maharaj, many Senchiyaan, gutkey, and the Gurdwara Itself.

The Youth are getting together to do Kirtan and Chaupai Sahib Jaaps outside the Gurdwara on

Saturday 4th April

10 am - 6 pm

Outside Gurdwara Sikh Sangat, Harley Grove, Bow E3 2AT

Please Show your support and attend the program.

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Sangat Jee this letter has been drafted up as a template which the Sangat can use to send to their local MP. Everyone who has not yet contacted their MP is requested to play their small part in AT LEAST copying and pasting the letter below (not forgetting to add your MP's name at the top and your name at the bottom) and emailing it to your local MP.

Bhul Chuk Maaf.

Guru Ang Sang Sahaaee Hovai.

Dear [add MP Name]

RE: Community Attack - Serious Action Required

I am writing to you in concern with Sikh Gurdwara that was set alight and burnt to the ground on 16th March 2009 in Bow, East London. This attack has left the Sikh community across the country in deep shock and want the authorities to carry out a thorough investigation to catch the culprits.

According eyewitnesses inside the Gurdwara during the attack, they saw a black/mixed-raced unidentified person running through the Gurdwara building just before the congregation realised that the building has been set alight. The fire was a direct attack on the Sikh community which has been ignored by the main stream media and handled poorly by the police. The attacker(s) burnt eleven copies of the Sikhs’ Sacred Scripture, Guru Granth Sahib, which the Sikhs revere as the Living Guru, the Living Voice of eternal wisdom that guides the community and teaches a humanitarian embracing message. The burning of one copy of Guru Granth Sahib is considered the most sacrilegious of all acts, however the burning of eleven copies of Guru Granth Sahib has scared the UK Sikh community.

No arrests have been made by the Police and this has brought about feelings of frustration, anxiety and anger amongst the Sikh Community which is bent upon ensuring that the perpetrators are brought to justice. Failure of finding the culprits motivates the individual or gang and others to do a similar attack on other Gurdwaras.

There is a strong feeling amongst the Sikh Community that the Police do not understand the gravity of the crime or that the Police do not care. The community feel that this crime is low on the list of Police priorities. This is illustrated by the fact that they interpreted the crime as being a criminal act to "property", thereby treating the incident only as one of arson.

I urge you to bring forward this matter to the police and government, as the growing feeling of resentment towards the Police needs to be taken seriously.

I await a response from you.

Regards,

[Name]

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Thank Waheguru!!

That last draft was well written. Some of the letters I saw read like they had been written by mentally unhinged people. That would only make us look like idiots.

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There was a time when the Sikh panth as a whole, could unite and stand up for itself, now that time has gone. Remember where the power came from. The one who bestowed this power also took it away. It is up to us to get that power back from the giver. The giver is always ready to give, his supplies never run short, just the case of when we want to receive.

Yes this is a wake up call. The message is that we keep on suffering, and we will suffer forever, if we continue to remain lazy. Always keep our guard up, but im not talking physicially, but im talking about the panj chor to. We are letting theives slip by us, unknowingly, and look at the damage being done.

I think this incident is a metaphor. Look how easy they got into that Gurdwara, and destroyed it. In the same way the panj chor are getting into our home and destroying us from the inside. Only when we fight with ourselves shall we become victorious. God is always there, just we blank him out. When the 5th and 9th Guru gave their lives, it was all in the name of God, it was all about God.

Now Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji, has done similar, but all we care about is revenge or justice. When we know perfectly well God takes care of all that, and infact there is no need to worry, our own actions will be led by ego, even if we think it is better for the Guru. The message of this incident is

Ad Such, Jugad Such,

Hai Bi Such, Nanak Hosi Bhi Such

But we are not thinking about God, or how God feels, just our pathetic emotions. Stop sending letters to the police and other manmukhs, justice will be done by a Sikh, and God wouldn't have it anyother way. Don't rely on mere mortals for support, then complain when they don't find anything out. Ask God who did the crime, find out the person, seek them, and punish them how all the Sikhs want them punished. The best punishment could be for this person, is realization of Sikhi, then he would feel guilt for what he did to the Guru, then he would ask for forgiveness. Then if it pleases God even he could be forgiven. But in our minds we are thinking "im gonna kill this guy, i hope he goes to jail." Only God is worthy enough to give out such punishments. If he deserves beatings, dharam raj will sort this out.

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Did Baba Banda Singh Ji Bahadur spare the executioner of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib?

Did Baba Banda Singh Ji Bahadur spare the executioner of the Sahibzaade?

Did Baba Banda Singh Ji Bahadur spare the executioner of Peer Budhu Shaah Ji?

Did Guru Har Rai Sahib forgive their own son Ramrae for disrespecting Gurbaani?

Did Bhai Sukha Singh Ji and Bhai Mehtaab Singh Ji spare Massa Ranghar?

Did Bhai Satwant Singh Ji and Bhai Beant Singh Ji spare Indira?

Did any of these Singh wait for Dharam Raja to administer Justice?

It easy to sit in our arm chairs and sofas and say God will give us justice - but Khalsa Ji we must ask ourselves what are we actually doing?

"Please come under the fold of Satguru, take Amrit, read the Baani and talk among yourselves of the Panth and of the Kesari Nishan Sahib and of your true leader Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji... and when the time comes for confrontation don't kill the poor, dont molest women and don't trouble the old, BUT DON'T SPARE ANYONE WHO INSULTS GURU JI!"

(Sant Gyaani Jarnail Singh Ji Khalsa - Mukhi Damdami Taksaal)

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Did Baba Banda Singh Ji Bahadur spare the executioner of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib?

Did Baba Banda Singh Ji Bahadur spare the executioner of the Sahibzaade?

Did Baba Banda Singh Ji Bahadur spare the executioner of Peer Budhu Shaah Ji?

Did Guru Har Rai Sahib forgive their own son Ramrae for disrespecting Gurbaani?

Did Bhai Sukha Singh Ji and Bhai Mehtaab Singh Ji spare Massa Ranghar?

Did Bhai Satwant Singh Ji and Bhai Beant Singh Ji spare Indira?

Did any of these Singh wait for Dharam Raja to administer Justice?

It easy to sit in our arm chairs and sofas and say God will give us justice - but Khalsa Ji we must ask ourselves what are we actually doing?

"Please come under the fold of Satguru, take Amrit, read the Baani and talk among yourselves of the Panth and of the Kesari Nishan Sahib and of your true leader Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji... and when the time comes for confrontation don't kill the poor, dont molest women and don't trouble the old, BUT DON'T SPARE ANYONE WHO INSULTS GURU JI!"

(Sant Gyaani Jarnail Singh Ji Khalsa - Mukhi Damdami Taksaal)

I insulted the Guru before, does that mean i should not be spared? Everyone should be given another chance. Only if they refuse should they not be spared.

ਚਾਰੇ ਕਿਲਵਿਖ ਉਨਿ ਅਘ ਕੀਏ ਹੋਆ ਅਸੁਰ ਸੰਘਾਰੁ ॥

if you have committed the four great sins and other mistakes; even if you are a murderous fiend

ਪੋਥੀ ਗੀਤ ਕਵਿਤ ਕਿਛੁ ਕਦੇ ਨ ਕਰਨਿ ਧਰਿਆ ॥

who has never taken the time to listen to sacred books, hymns and poetry -

ਚਿਤਿ ਆਵੈ ਓਸੁ ਪਾਰਬ੍ਰਹਮੁ ਤਾ ਨਿਮਖ ਸਿਮਰਤ ਤਰਿਆ ॥੪॥

if you then come to remember the Supreme Lord God, and contemplate Him, even for a moment, you shall be saved. ||4||

The above names you have mentioned, if they seriously wanted forgiveness,i bet they would of been given it. Every situation is different. So it should be treated individually. I'm saying it is better to make people love the lord God rather than get them punished. Everyone has sinned, we have all been given trillions and trillions of second chances, but even still we can be forgiven. That is how kind God is. you can slander God, but he will still love you.

Whatever God does is good for you, a punishment brings pain, this makes you remember God, but say if we could make someone remember God before they get pain, that would be even better.

ਜਨ ਨਾਨਕ ਕੇ ਦਇਆਲ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਸੁਆਮੀ ਤੁਮ ਦੁਸਟ ਤਾਰੇ ਹਰਣਖੇ ॥੪॥੩॥

O Merciful God, Lord and Master of servant Nanak, You have carried across even evil villains like Harnaakhash. ||4||3||

Im even worse than Harnaakash.

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I read the first post and that was enough for me...

Veer Ji, How can you be so blinded by ur own mind...Sant Baba Jagjit Singh Ji has already stated that it was an arsonist, it was an inside job and that the culprits should be dealt with...how are you forgetting this..

if we are ready to just look over the words of a mahapurkh and just carry on with our own business then there is no wonder as to why the panth is in such a state

Read this carefully...

Mahraaj Gave shaheedi becuase they knew that the qaum is in such utter despair that if 14000 sikhs were to give shaheedi right now the panth would not be able to bare the stress. there isnt enough vidvaan and parchaariks to take over and carry on the seva of guru sahib..

Mahraaj has taken the shaheedian upon themselves, and we are taking that for granted..time to look outside the box.

hor...whatever happens to the culprit is charadikala, be that imprisonment or death? he sure has his time cut out in the after life!

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