Is it OK for Gurdwaras to Allow Parties With Meat, Alcohol, and Tobacco?

The Gurdwara is a sacred institution within the Sikh Faith. It is a centre of excellence which primarily joins the congregation with Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaaj and Sikhi Principles. A Gurdwara’s assets must only be used for the promotion of Gurmat (principles laid down by the Guru) in line with Sikh Rehat Maryada (Sikh Code of Conduct).

However, in recent years, a number of Gurdwara Committees have turned against Sikh Ethics and are selling their souls by allowing parties on Gurdwara property that permit meat, alcohol and tobacco for extra income.

These Sikh Community Centres/Halls/Leisure Centres, which have been funded by donations relating to the Gurdwara, are now actively competing against Banqueting Halls.

These buildings can be, and should be, used to support our youth and elder generations with mentoring, learning and Sikhi education, sports and other Sikhi oriented positive uses, rather than promoting anti-Sikh practices. Sri Akal Takht Sahib (supreme seat of Sikh policy making) has completely forbidden parties, dancing, meat, alcohol and tobacco on Gurdwara properties.

Accordingly, there is NO place in our Gurdwaras for such Party Halls, which reduce the Satkaar (respect) for Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaaj, and make our Gurdwara-owned buildings the equivalent of pubs and clubs, rather than centres of Sikhi excellence.

The wider Sikh Community must understand the gross sacrilege and abuse of Sikh principles that occurs when they attend or book parties at Gurdwara owned Community Centres in which dancing, alcohol, meat and tobacco is freely permitted.

The Sikh Leadership in the UK must recognise their role in maintaining the sanctity of the Gurdwaras.

Please play your part in keeping our Gurdwaras holy by boycotting your attendance at such parties, and raising your voice to the relevant Gurdwara
Committees against this gross sacrilege.

Help Reform our Gurdwaras.

Sikhs will NOT accept Party Halls in Gurdwara buildings!

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