they unanimously oppose the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), a
benevolent step taken by the Indian government to save these minorities
from incessant jihad attacks.
the lesser-known chapters of history and the horrifying condition of
Sikhs in Islamic countries such as Pakistan and Afghanistan establish
that those who are chasing the dream of bringing the world under the
flag of their Islamic faith have no tolerance for people of any other
Centuries ago, Islamic invaders in India martyred the revered Sikh
gurus in unspeakable and disturbing ways. Guru Arjan Dev Ji, the fifth
of the ten Sikh gurus, was executed by Jahangir in 1606 CE for refusing
to embrace Islam.
Two generations later, the brave Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji was arrested by
Aurangzeb’s forces for confronting the religious persecution of
Kashmiri Hindus by the Mughal emperor. His three associates, Bhai Mati
Das, Bhai Dayal Das, and Bhai Sati Das, were jailed as well. They were
tortured in prison and told to abandon their faith and accept Islam. But
true to their commitment, withstanding all torments, they refused to
convert. Frustrated with their determination, all three were executed by
the Mughal administration. Bhai Mato Das was sawed into two halves,
Bhai Dayal Das was boiled in a large iron pot, and Bhai Sati Das was
rolled up in sheets of cotton and burned alive. Even these grotesque
slaughters of his associates couldn’t move Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji from his
convictions. Tired of this, Aurangzeb ordered his execution by
beheading in public.
Students in India were denied knowledge of these crucial episodes in
history. Instead, they were forced to study history crafted by leftist
propagandists who dexterously crafted chapters venerating these Islamic
The oppression of the Sikhs at the hands of Muslims continues to be
common in South Asian countries with a Muslim majority. Muslims in
countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan frequently exert pressure on
the Sikhs to convert to Islam, destroy their properties, seize their
homes and businesses, and abduct their women. Their places of worship
are attacked practically every time a group of Muslims are having a bad
day. These instances are often swept under the carpet by the
Muslim-sympathizing leftist establishment that casts a strong influence
over the international media.
Sikhs are a dwindling community in Afghanistan, with their population
now standing at less than 700. Twenty-five Sikh devotees, including a
child, were killed and eight were wounded when ISIS jihad suicide
bombers decided to attack the Gurdwara Har Rai Sahib, a Sikh shrine in
Kabul in March 2020. “We are no longer able to stay here,” said a man
who lost seven relatives in the Gurdwara attack. Sikhs were also
targeted and killed in the 2018 ISIS jihad attack in the city of
Jalalabad. Members of this declining community complain of the
deep-rooted discrimination they have endured in that Muslim society.
This unbearable discrimination has now forced many of them to escape the
country of their birth and turn to India.
This anti-Sikh sentiment is often found in neighbouring Pakistan as
well. Unlike in Afghanistan, the Sikh community in Pakistan has not been
driven to the point of extinction. However, their living conditions are
no better, nor are the threats to their existence any less frequent in
the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
19-year-old Jagjit Kaur’s abduction made headlines in Pakistan and
its neighbouring countries after the resident of Sail Muhalla Balila,
Nankana Sahib, about 50 kilometres from Lahore, went missing in 2019.
Her family alleged that six people from a Muslim family barged into
their house on August 28, 2020 and kidnapped her. They feared that their
daughter would be converted to Islam and married off to a Muslim man.
Later, in a statement given in court, Jagjit stated that she had
willingly converted to Islam, adopted the name of Ayesha, and contracted
marriage with Muhammad Hassan. Jagjit’s family, however, maintains that
this was a case of forced conversion.
In September 2020, a 17-year-old daughter of a Granthi of Gurdwara
Panja Sahib, Pritam Singh, was abducted by two Muslim men. The family
was worried that she would be put through the same cycle of events as
Jagjit the previous year.
Another way Muslims terrorise the Sikh community is by carrying out
random killings of men from this community. 25-year-old Ravinder Singh
was murdered in Peshawar, Pakistan while he was shopping for his
marriage. This allegedly targeted attack came close on the heels of a
Muslim mob’s attack on the Sikh shrine Nankana Sahib, which is situated
just 60 miles from Lahore. This enraged Muslim mob was led by Mohammad
Imran, the brother of Mohammad Hassan, whom the abducted Jagjit Kaur had
married “consensually” a couple of months before.
Many other similar dismaying instances are playing out every day in
the Muslim-dominated environs of India. Secular entities of the world
sinfully downplay these incidents when they can’t deny them.