This Post Via Jasmeet Singh Bansal
After viewing the barbaric murder of Jordanian pilot Lt. Moath al-Kasasbeh, I can’t help but draw parallels to our Sikh History. For the first time, in hindsight, I realized the enormity of the scarifies our ancestors have made by standing up to the Mughal Empire, who too, in the name of Islam, committed heinous crimes against Sikhs and other religious minorities.
We sit here in the West and are disgusted by the merciless killings ISIS does in the name of Allah. But tonight I came to the realization that not only have the Sikhs fought for religious freedom over the past 5 centuries, but for the longest time Sikhs lived amongst the ISIS of medieval India, the Mughal Empire.
Our Guru’s, our fellow Singhs and Singhnia were tortured in even more barbaric ways by the Mughals. Just as these Islamist swines burned Lt. Moath, so too was Bhai Sati Das Ji wrapped in cotton and burned alive because he refused to convert to Islam. And there are countless other examples, beyond the sacrifices of our beloved 5th and 9th Guru Sahibs.
What remains of the Mughals today? Nothing but empty stone tombs. Where as the Sikhs have persevered, flourished and speard the message of Guru Nanak Sahib far and wide.
Peace be with Lt. Moath’s family and the families of the thousands of victims of ISIS, but today I have found an even deeper respect for my Sikh ancestors. They say history repeats itself, but the one lesson I can conclude this time is that Good will always reign over Evil.
Dhan Guru Nanak