How a Muslim Man in 1930 Became a Sikh After a Gurdwara Was Burnt Down

Brief Biography: Syed Prithipal Singh (né Mushtaq Hussein) was the only son of Mujafar Hussein, and the grandson of Pir-Bakur Shah of the famous family of Mirpur, Kashmir. The period from 1927 to 1930 was the most revolutionary in his life. During this time, his father decided to go to the Hajj and convinced his son to also go to Mecca-Medina for higher Islamic education.

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While doing research at a university in Medina, Mushtaq Hussein came across a handwritten manuscript, Siyahto Baba Nanak Fakir, in a library.

This manuscript was written by an Arabic and Persian writer named Taajudin Naqshabandhi. Taajudin joined Guru Nanak in his journey around Undlas, a town between Erar and Baghdad. While living with Guru Nanak, he kept a diary—the Siyahto Baba Nanak Fakir manuscript—which he submitted to the library in Medina around 1512 AD1 that Guru Nanak Dev Ji was in the Middle East—in Mecca and Baghdad—for roughly one-and-a-half to two years in and around the years 1511 to 1513 AD.

Upon his return to Mirpur in 1930, Mushtaq was deeply saddened by communal violence stoked in Kashmir by Sheikh Abdulla’s supporters, and in Jammu, by his own father, Mujafar Hussain. In this region, the Sikh Guruduara of Kirtangarh was made the target of arson and destruction. This guruduara was constructed by Sant Baba Sunder Singh to care for the congregation and to promote education.

Rioters fueled by feelings of animosity towards Dogra ruler Maharaja Pratap Singh made the Sikh community their first target. Witnessing the destruction first hand, Mushtaq was troubled by these acts of persecution in the name of Islam. His appeals for peace fell on deaf ears.

Mushtaq had been touched by Taajudin’s accounts of Guru Nanak’s journeys, which were intended to promote the welfare of all humanity. Through these same accounts, he had also seen the ugly face of religious fanaticism, which resulted in the torture and death of Rukn-ud-din, a respected religious leader of Kaaba.

Disappointed, Mushtaq decided to leave for Lahore with his wife, Gulzar Begum, and his son, Mohamad Nazir. At Lahore, he initially studied the Arya Samaj sect, and then Christianity. Finally, he researched Sikhism carefully at the gurudwara built at the site of
Guru Arjun Dev ji’s martyrdom. It was at this guruduara that he received Khande di Pahul (Sikh initiation) from Giani Achhar Singh (later Singh Sahib Achhar Singh), after many persistent appeals to the Giani. Mushtaq became a Sikh on the fourth of Jeth (a month in the Indian calendar which roughly corresponds to May/June) in 1935, and later achieved renown as Sant Syed Prithipal Singh of Patiala. He dedicated his life in the service of the Panth.

Sant Syed helped in acquiring land and in establishing a gurudwara at the place where Sikh men and women were martyred in Lahore. Around

1950, he worked with Akali Kaur Singh in India and abroad. Later, he served at the Gurudwara Ghat Sahib in Ropar. He then went to England to help build the gurudwara in South Hall. In 1966, he was at the forefront of the campaign to return Guru Gobind Singh ji’s personal weapons to India. He completed his successful human journey in Kanpur while organizing the anniversary celebrations of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev ji. He is survived by his family living in England and in Patiala.

Publishing Syed Prithipal Singh ji’s notes from Mecca, Kunwarajit Singh has done praiseworthy work. This publication will bolster Sikhs’ knowledge and faith in the Guru. I congratulate Sardar Kunwarajit Singh for this service.

Doctor Himmat Singh

Vidya Nagar

Near Punjabi University

Patiala

1 The original text references the year 1504 AD. I believe a mistake

was made in converting from the Hijri calendar to the Christian one

(the Arabic writer’s account mentions that Guru ji met Rukn-ud-din in

917 Hijri, which corresponds to 1511 AD). The dating of 1511 AD is

also consistent with other evidence found in Baghdad (see Appendix

for details).

Punjabi Man Dead After Attempting to Rescue 3 Children Drowning

A man from Punjab Manjeet Singh age 29 years old drowned to death after attempting to rescue three children drowning in the Kings River in Reedley, California. Manjeet Singh had recently immigrated from Punjab and wanted to start his own trucking business.

The man had started truck driving school on Wednesday and went to the Kings River to jet ski with his friends.

After noticing kids drowning, he went towards the kids attempting to save their life. However, the fast moving river swept him away .

Several witnesses rushed to the scene and were able to get two children out of the water but the third could not make it to the shore.

Emergency crews arrived on the scene to locate Manjeet. After about 40 minutes his body was found floating by brush near the shore.

One of the children was on life support at Valley Children’s Hospital and is not expected to survive.

The police stated that the water near the shore is shallow but quickly drops inwards.

It is unknown if Manjeet Singh knew how to swim.

Air India Express Plane Crashes in Kozhikode, Kerala, Pilot Dead, 191 On Board

An Air India Express flight from Dubai skidded off the runway and crashed after landing at Calicut International Airport in Kerala, India. Two people are feared dead and 35 injured per initial reports.

According to local reports the aircraft, a Boeing 737, was carrying 180 passengers.

The image below was the official image from the crash landing site.

The incident happened around 7:40pm local time during a storm.

Here is the first video from the crash landing:

Calicut airport is located on a plateau with steep banks surrounding the runway.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

Sikh Man Does Sewa at Mosque in Amritsar for 40 Years

A mosque in Amritsar has a rare ally. Baljinder Singh (60) has been doing ‘sewa’ at Khairuddin Mosque located in the narrow lanes of the walled city in Amritsar known as Jama Masjid.

Baljinder has been doing selfless service of taking care of ‘jodas’ (footwear) of Muslim devotees during every Friday prayers held in the mosque.

“I am a Sikh by birth and secular by nature. For me humanity is above any religion. Choosing to serve in a mosque was my way of propagating Guru Nanak’s universal message of brotherhood and harmony,” he said.

Popularly addressed as “Bha ji” and “Sardar ji”, Baljinder Singh said the service at the mosque has been a routine for him since 1980s. He said, “I take care of their shoes, while they offer prayers inside with a carefree mind.”…

…When asked what he gained from sewa, he said, “Just an inner satisfaction. In return, I get blessings from devotees which are pure in nature.”…

…“I hardly missed a single occasion here since the past four decades. If I am away to attend any social or domestic exigency, my son Baldev does sewa on my behalf at the mosque on Friday,” he said.

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Ludhiana Student Scores 99.8% on Class 12 CBSE Exam

Gurveen Kaur, a student of humanities stream at Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana scored 99.8% marks in Class 12 exam, the results for which were declared by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Monday.

She scored a perfect hundred in four subjects – English, Political Science, Geography, Hindustani Music and 99 marks in economics.

The 17-year-old girl says that people need to change their mindset towards humanities as this stream has a lot of scope and offers subjects through which we can gain knowledge. It also provides wide career options. She said, “During my childhood days, I decided to join the judiciary and pursue law. My father is an advocate and I want to follow his footsteps. I was aware that I will score around 98% marks and can top in the district but scoring 99.8% just came as a surprise.”

Read the entire Article: Hindustan Times

Amitabh Bachchan Response to a Troll: ‘Thok Do S**** Ko’

Amitabh Bachchan while recovering from the coronavirus in a Mumbai hospital lashed out at a troll calling for his death. He stated ‘Thok Do Saale Ko’ in a blog post.

“They write to tell me… ‘I hope you die with this Covid,'” the megastar began his blog.

“Hey, Mr. Anonymous… you do not even write your Father’s name,… because you do not know who Fathered you… there are only two things that can happen… either I shall die or either I shall live. If I die you won’t get to write your diatribe anymore, by weathering your remark on a celebrity name… pity.”

He added: “The reason for your writing to be noticed was because you took a swipe at Amitabh Bachchan… that shall no longer exist… !! If by God’s grace I live and survive you shall have to be ‘weathering’ the ‘swipe’ storm, not just from me, but on a very conservative level, from 90+ million followers.”

“I have yet to tell them to… but if I survive I shall… and let me tell you they are a force incensed… they traverse the entire World… from the West to the East from the North to the South … and they are not just the Ef of this page… that extended family shall in the flash of an eye become ‘extermination family’!! All I shall say to them is… ‘thok do saale ko’.”

Listen to what Jagdish Kaur has to say about Amitabh Bachchan, the 1984 victim who punished Sajjan Kumar

Jagdish Kaur, the 1984 victim whose family was killed by mobs in the 1984 Sikh genocide. Jagdish Kaur was asked about her thoughts on Amitabh Bachchan’s alleged comments to Doordarshan.

Here is what she had to say:

ਸੁਣੋ ਅਮਿਤਾਭ ਬੱਚਨ ਬਾਰੇ ਕੀ ਕਹਿਣਾ ਹੈ ਸੱਜਣ ਕੁਮਾਰ ਨੂੰ ਸਜ਼ਾ ਦਵਾਉਣ ਵਾਲੀ 1984 ਪੀੜਤ ਜਗਦੀਸ਼ ਕੌਰ ਦਾ

ਸੁਣੋ ਅਮਿਤਾਭ ਬੱਚਨ ਬਾਰੇ ਕੀ ਕਹਿਣਾ ਹੈ ਸੱਜਣ ਕੁਮਾਰ ਨੂੰ ਸਜ਼ਾ ਦਵਾਉਣ ਵਾਲੀ 1984 ਪੀੜਤ ਜਗਦੀਸ਼ ਕੌਰ ਦਾ#JagdishKaur #1984Victim #ConvictedSajjanKumar #SayAbout Amitabh Bachchan

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Sikh Council UK General Assembly Condemns and Rejects Attempt to Sabotage Executive Committee

*This press statement has been issued on behalf of General Assembly members attending the meeting.*
Over 60 General Assembly members of the Sikh Council UK from Gurdwaras and Sikh organisations from across the UK have dismissed an unconstitutional and desperate attempt to move against the Executive Committee announced at a press conference on 15 July.


The General Assembly made up of members from Gurdwaras and Sikh organisations is the supreme decision-making body of the Sikh Council UK.


The current Executive Committee of the Sikh Council UK was selected following Ardaas and parchis by the General Assembly on 27 April 2019 at Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Southall. The process for selection was agreed and overseen by the Board of Jathedars. 


However, hours before the General Assembly in April 2019 a group of delegates resigned in protest as they preferred elections and disagreed with the selection process to be used by the Board of Jathedars. 


To make matters worse those who co-ordinated the resignations went to an anti-Panthic journalist to publicly report the resignations while the General Assembly was taking place to damage the reputation of the Sikh Council UK.


The General Assembly members in April 2019 were highly critical of those resigning and their tactics but tasked the Board of Jathedars to try and bring back those who had resigned as some were very closely associated with some of those resigning.  


Gurdwara representatives from several Gurdwaras confirmed straight away they had not resigned and their names had been falsely used in the media report. 


However, others that resigned insisted on refunds of membership and then went on to set up the Sikh Assembly and Gurdwara Aid in the summer of 2019. In recent months the damage these two breakaway groups have been doing to Sikh representation with government by backing an unacceptable and patit Sikh faith leader has been revealed.

At the press conference called on 15 July it was publicly revealed for the first time that a sub-group of the Board of Jathedars and a small minority in the Executive Committee had begun undermining the Executive Committee within a couple of weeks of their selection by the General Assembly in April 2019. 


It is now clear that since April 2019 several of the previous office bearers and a sub-group of the Board of Jathedars have prevented access to the Sikh Council UK bank account so signatories could be changed as in previous administrations and access has been denied to the main email, website, twitter handle and Facebook pages. 


Having waited nearly a year for access and with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic the Executive Committee was therefore forced to set up a new website, email account and social media accounts to reach out to Gurdwaras with guidance and signage. This guidance and signage have been widely used and appreciated by the majority of Gurdwaras up and down the country.


The Executive Committee met on 11 July and unanimously made decisions on a much-needed review of the constitution requested by the General Assembly, opening up of membership for the next administration in preparation for the General Assembly to approve any constitutional changes and selecting the next Executive Committee. 
The Board of Jathedars is an advisory body and matters can only be referred to it by the Executive Committee or General Assembly. The Board of Jathedars are not members of the General Assembly and have no constitutional authority or powers unless mandated by the Executive Committee or General Assembly. 
It is understood the Executive Committee also decided on 11 July the Board of Jathedars needed to be refreshed at the same time as selecting a new Executive Committee. Board of Jathedars are appointed for 5 years, although their membership can be renewed. Most have served for well over 5 years and the Executive Committee has the power to remove any Board of Jathedar undermining the work of the Sikh Council UK or bringing it into disrepute.


A meeting of a sub-group of the Board of Jathedars no doubt fearing for their own positions and wanting to control the Executive Committee and the selection process for the next administration met the following day on 12 July followed by the subsequent controversial press conference on 15 July. 
The meeting on 12 July was unofficial as it was called by only one of the two convenors. For this reason, any decisions taken at the unofficial meeting are improper and non-binding. 


The subsequent press conference on 15 July appears to have been a final and desperate attempt to try and prevent the constitutionally selected Executive Committee from operating until the end of its term. Only around 8 General Assembly members were present from 5 Gurdwaras at the press conference. Others present were either Board of Jathedars or those that have resigned or never been members.


Over 60 General Assembly members from Gurdwaras and Sikh organisations have now approached Board of Jathedars that have supported the Executive Committee from the outset and rejected the unofficial meeting of a sub-group of the Board of Jathedars. 


The General Assembly members have strongly criticised the press conference and associated media coverage as an unconstitutional attempt to take control prior to appointment of a new administration. The views of these General Assembly members have been communicated to the two Board of Jathedar Convenors.


Ignoring the press conference and what was announced, the Executive Committee met on 19 July and requested Jatinder Singh, the Secretary General of the Sikh Council UK to convene a General Assembly. According to the constitution only the Secretary General has the power to convene a General Assembly.  


Before announcing the date of the General Assembly meeting it was agreed the Executive would liaise with both Convenors of the Board of Jathedars.

 
Since the meeting on 19 July it is understood Jatinder Singh has had a written request from over a quarter of the General Assembly delegates and more than half the Executive Committee to call an extraordinary meeting of the General Assembly. Jatinder Singh therefore must now call an extraordinary General Assembly meeting. 
The support shown by General Assembly members is seen as a massive vote of confidence in the Secretary General and Executive Committee.

This press statement has been issued on behalf of General Assembly members by: Tarsem Singh, Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Newcastle; Professor Harjit Singh, Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara, Sunderland; Harpal Singh, Leeds Chapeltown Gurdwara; Harbhajan Singh, Sri Harkrishan Sahib Ji Gurdwara, Oadby and Harjinder Singh, Dashmesh Darbar East London.

Tripura CM Biplab Deb: Punjabis and Haryanvi Jatts Strong Physically but Less Intelligent

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb makes controversial comments on Punjabis and Jats. The state CM had formerly compared Punjabis, Jats and Bengalis in a controversial statement. He said Punjabis and Jats are known more for their physical power than brains and Bengalis just the opposite.

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