(DSU News Bureau) According to Akal Takht Hukamname and Sikh Council UK guidelines an “Anand Karaj” can only be between 2 Sikhs.
The Sikh Council UK in their guidelines states “Any person wishing to exercise the choice to marry in a Gurdwara Sahib through the Anand Karaj ceremony must sign a declaration (Appendix 1) that confirms: He or she is a Sikh, believes in the tenets of the Sikh faith and owes no allegiance to another faith.”
An interfaith wedding last week was stopped at a UK Gurdwara between a Muslim man and Sikh girl after Sikhs sat down with the Gurdwara committee and prevented the sacrilege from taking place.
Now, beadbi of Guru Granth Sahib Ji could happen at Baba Ke Gurdwara Sahib in Hockley West Midlands, UK on Sunday 3rd May 2015. The protesters will be sitting down with the Gurdwara Committee to stop the sacrilege from happening. They stated on social media that if the plans aren’t withdrawn then a peaceful protest would take place outside.
Many people outraged over the interfaith marriage expressed their views with the following comments on social networks:
Gurdave Singh “Marrying a non Sikh has always been against the Rehat of Sikhi. It was in our Guru’s times, it was in Khalsa Raaj. Who are we to say it’s acceptable now??
There is a difference between recognizing the whole human race as one and the respect and sanctity of our GuruJi. It’s quite clear that an interfaith wedding in a a Gurudwara has no meaning. The person of the other faith will not give their head for Guruji, not now, not ever. To them Guruji is merely a book. ”
Gurpreet Singh Khalsa “Beadbi of Gurudwara sahib on name of Anand Karaj should be strongly protested….its her choice then she can marry in a temple.. Not in Gurudwara sahib.”
The following are guidelines released by the Sikh Council UK on the Sikh Anand Karaj:
1.1. The purpose of this document is to progress towards agreeing a consistent approach to Anand Karaj (Sikh marriage) ceremonies across Gurdwaras in adherence to the Panth Parvaan Sikh Rehat Maryada (the Sikh code of conduct & conventions) for circumstances where one partner is not of Sikh origin.
1.2. There are many communities which have a historical tradition of following many tenets of the Sikh Faith and regularly engage in religious ceremonies and contribute to the Gurdwaras. This document does not address any issues relating to their practices as it is a subject of separate discussion as to how they can be supported to better understand and follow the Sikh Rehat Maryada.
Read More: Sikh Council UK Guidelines
This video explains clearly why interfaith weddings aren’t allowed in Gurdwaras: