Pir Bhikham shah (a muslim faqir) lived in village Thaska in Karnal (now in Haryana).On the day of Gobind Rai’s (later Guru Gobind singh) birth at Patna, pir bhikham shah did something that shocked the muslims around him.
That morning, when everyone else was doing NAMAAZ in the direction of MECCA,the pir made a deep and respectful bow towards East in the direction of Patna.His Muslim disciples were surprised on seeing this because muslims of India bow towards the west in the direction of Mecca.
They asked the pir,the purpose of this strange act.The pir replied,” on this day, a beloved of God has been born who will be a saint and a soldier.He has taken birth to destroy evil,sin and falsehood.
He will fight for truth, well-being and human rights of the people.
He said,”We shall go to that place to see him.
Pir bhikham shah left for Patna with his disciples.Pir bhikham reached Guru’s house and sat down near the door.He told MATA GUJRI (mother of Guru gobind) that he had come from far off place to see the holy child of God.He was permitted to see the child.
Pir bought two earthen pots containing sweets.
He bought one pot from hindu’s shop and other from muslim ‘s shop.On seeing the child, the Pir respectfully made a deep bow, after he offered two pots containing sweets.
After placing both the pots containing sweets before Gobind Rai, the Pir sat down with folded hands and looking at the child, Gobind Rai placed his left hand on one of the pots and at the same time placed his right hand on the other pot. The child then smiled and looked at the pir who made a long and deeper bow to the holy child.
The followers of the Pir had watched as the child touched both bowls at the same moment, but why had their Pir offered two bowls instead of one?
They asked their Pir why he had placed two bowls before the child.
The Pir explained that he wanted to know whether this holy child would favour the Hindus or the Muslims; he explained, “I had placed the pots of sweets before the child, thinking that if he put his hand on the pot of Sweets from the Hindu shop, he would favour the Hindus, but if he placed his hand on the pot of sweets from the Muslim shop he would favor the Muslims. But the holy child wisely touched both pots showing me that both the Hindus and Muslims are equally dear to him. As he grows elder, he will help Hindus whenever they need his help and he will help Muslims whenever they are in need of his help.
Thereafter, he became a life-long follower of Guru Gobind.