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Risking their lives Sikh Afghans took “Guru Granth Sahib” to safety

Taking of the sacred “Sri Guru Granth sahib” was planned and executed within hours of the armed attack.

In a rare show of their religious commitment, a group of Sikhs in a daring and touching action took out “swaroop” of Sri Guru Granth Sahib to safety within hours of a dastardly attack on their gurdwara at Kart-e-Parwan in Kabul, Afghanistan, early on Saturday morning. Taking of the sacred “Sri Guru Granth sahib” was planned and executed within hours of the armed attack.

Following the laid down Sikh Rehat Maryada, bare-footed Sikhs, reciting “Satnam Waheguru” took the sacred “Sri Guru Granth Sahib” to the home of one of them after the Diwan Hall of the gurdwara was damaged in the ISIS attack.

According to initial reports, two persons, including a Sikh, were killed in the attack. The assailants had a group of Sikhs and Hindus taking refuge in the Gurdwara as hostages before they were challenged by Taliban forces.

The reports suggested that all assailants were killed, and a member of the Taliban forces was also killed in the crossfire. Since the main gurdwara Hall was also gutted and damaged, the holed-up Sikhs in a rarest of rare and courageous act, took out the “Swaroop” of Sri Guru Granth Sahib to the nearby home of one of them.

Following the laid down “Sikh Rehat Maryada”, one of them carried the holy “Sri Guru Granth sahib” on his head while two others walked along. All of them kept reciting “Satnam Sri Waheguru” enroute from the damaged gurdwara to the safer home for “Sri Guru Granth sahib”.

 

Prabhjot Singh

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