Category Archives: Sikh

WSO Helping To Introduce Kirpan Accommodation On BC Ferries

The WSO was contacted last summer by several Sikh passengers who were told that their kirpans were not permitted on BC Ferries and must be stowed in their luggage. The WSO contacted BC Ferries and provided information on the significance of the kirpan and about accommodation policies in other settings such as trains, courthouses, stadiums and buses across Canada.

Ahh the slippery slope of religious accommodation.


‘What are you afraid of?’: Quebec teachers decry proposed religious symbol ban

Taking off her turban isn’t an option, “I can’t dissociate myself from it, because it’s a part of me.”

Amrit Kaur’s turban never leaves her body, no matter what she does.

The 27-year-old student teacher from Vaudreuil-Dorion, west of Montreal, has even figured out a way to shower with it on, by tying it around her waist while she washes her hair.


Atwal Denies Making Threats

The man at the centre of a controversy surrounding the prime minister’s trip to India “vehemently denies” threatening a B.C. radio host, according to his lawyer.

Court documents show Jaspal Atwal was charged last month with threatening Gurvinder Singh Dhaliwal, host of a daily Punjabi-language talk show broadcast online by Media Waves Communications.

Atwal made headlines during Justin Trudeau’s February trip to India, when he showed up at an official event despite a previous conviction for trying to assassinate an Indian cabinet minister during a trip to Vancouver Island in 1986.


Wearing a head scarf and suit, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made an appearance at Gurdwara Millwoods in southeast Edmonton Monday.

Hundreds packed the temple to witness the brief event with Trudeau, who did not make any public statements. He gave a food bank donation, was presented with a kirpan — a ceremonial dagger worn by Sikhs — and served food to attendees.​


Breaking: Police in Indiana Respond to Mass-Stabbing at a Religious Event with 150 People Involved

There’s breaking news to report coming out of Greenwood, Indiana where it appears that 150 are involved in what’s described as a “brawl” at a Religious temple, with several people being stabbed.

The incident occurred at around 3 PM, according to law enforcement, at the Gurdwara Shri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji Sikh Temple on 1050 S. Graham Road in Greenwood, where the Mayor’s Office had originally reported that six to twelve people have been stabbed, according to Fox 59 .


Washington State Police Looking for a Masked Gunman Who Shot Sikh

A Sikh man said a gunman approached him as he worked on his car in his suburban Seattle driveway and told him to “go back to your own country” before shooting him in the arm.

Police in the city of Kent are searching for the shooter and have contacted the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. It comes after an Indian man was killed and another wounded in a recent shooting at a Kansas bar that federal agencies are investigating as a hate crime after witnesses say the suspect yelled “get out of my country.”

“With recent unrest and concern throughout the nation, this can get people emotionally involved, especially when (the crime) is directed at a person for how they live, how they look,” Kent police Cmdr. Jarod Kasner told The News Tribune of Tacoma.


The problem is that dreadful incidents like this will be juxtaposed with legitimate criticism and political action.

This was an act of a dolt, not a law-abiding rational person.



Afghanistan’s Sikhs feel alienated, pressured to leave

Bilandar Singh, 30, left, and Enderpal Singh, 28, stand next to their small store in downtown Kabul on Aug. 18, 2014. Source is a 2014 story about their desperation living in Afghanistan.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s once-thriving Sikh community is dwindling fast as many choose to leave the country of their birth to escape what they say is growing intolerance and discrimination. Once boasting as many as 100,000 members in the 1990s, Afghanistan’s Sikh population, according to community leaders, has fallen to an estimated 2,500.

The reason for the exodus: endemic societal discrimination in the majority Muslim country and an inability to reclaim Sikh homes, businesses and houses of worship that were illegally seized years ago.

“I’m worried that if things don’t change and we are no longer able to stay, then the only people left will be those who cannot afford to leave,” said 23-year-old pharmacist Charn Singh. His family traces its roots back more than 400 years to Gardez, the capital of Paktya province bordering Pakistan, where his ancestors were wealthy traders and landowners and his grandfather was an oral historian and keeper of Sikh legends…

The tolerance of Islam! A marvel to behold. 


Cherson & Molschky: Muslim History: 50 Rupees for the Head of a Sikh

Torture of Sikh Women & children by Mughals. Source: Brutality of ISIS is the copy of what Mughals did with Sikhs of Punjab

“Fifty rupees for a decapitated head of a Sikh. Ten rupees paid to anyone giving information which leads to the arrest of a Sikh.”

These were the rewards given by the Muslim governor of Punjab to exterminate the Sikhs from the 17th to 18th century.

Sikhism which originated in Punjab in the 16th century was in conflict with Islam because Sikh ethos of One God & One Humanity clashed with Islamic ideals of One Allah & two Humanities (Infidels and believers).

The Islamic doctrine of bringing infidels to the fold of Islam forcefully, abduction of non-Muslim women and countless slaughters of infidels for centuries under Islamic rule were unacceptable to a new religion that was sprouting up in India, called Sikhism…


Spate of attacks shake Pakistan’s dwindling Sikh community

Pakistani and Indian Sikh devotees gather at the Gurdwara Panja Sahib during the annual Vaisakhi festival in Hasan Abdal. PHOTO: AFP

They have come from India, Britain and the Middle East to the Panja Sahib Gurdwara in Hasan Abdal, 55 kilometres from Islamabad, where Guru Nanak, the founder of the religion, is said to have imprinted his hand.

But for Pakistani Sikhs, who mainly live in the north, this year’s celebrations are also a time of healing after six murders during August and September that have left their community in fear.

The 500-year-old religion was founded in what is now part of Pakistan, a Muslim-majority country of nearly 200 million people.

Most Sikhs left Pakistan for India after both countries gained independence from Britain in 1947.

Around 20,000 Sikhs remain in Pakistan today, which has been rocked by militant insurgency for more than a decade, forcing many to leave their homes in the tribal areas on the Afghan border for Peshawar…


Religion isn’t dying. It may be rising from the grave

When his book Unknown Gods was published 22 years ago, University of Lethbridge sociologist and pollster Reginald Bibby painted a rather dreary picture of where Canada’s churches would be by about 2015. Congregations would be older, birth rates wouldn’t keep up with the number of folks who were dying off, and all the while many children weren’t being socialized into a faith. It was a linear decline, plain and simple. The writing was on the wall. “Even with the Toronto Maple Leafs, there is hope for a better next year,” he says in an interview. “Whereas with religion, it looked pretty much over.”

When 2015 finally came around, Bibby decided to revisit his book and check on his predictions. He discovered that for many religious groups, he was quite off-target. Catholics, for example, are building new churches in some parts of the country. Evangelicals increased their total numbers as Canada’s population grew. The same goes for Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs. He had accurately forecasted a long, drawn-out decline for the United Church of Canada and the Anglican Church. But some religions were getting an infusion of new blood.

“What I screwed up on—it sounds so naive looking back—[is] I didn’t allow for the immigration variable,” Bibby says. “The thing that pumps new life into religion in Canada has been this mammoth entrance not only of Muslims, but also Catholics.” Not to mention the Protestants, Sikhs and Hindus…


The Price Sikh Women Paid for Not Accepting Islam

Painting of a battle between Sikhs and invading Muslims. Source.

Indian history serves as a prime example of the fight against Islamization. “One by one many Sikh women suffered such brutal atrocities, but they all chose to remain steadfast to their Sikh faith instead of embracing Islam…”

On March 6, 1752 A.D., Muin-ul-Malk, Governor of Lahore (now Pakistan), also known as Mir Mannu, ordered the extermination of Sikhs in his area and had the men-folk beheaded publicly, with the younger unmarried girls sold or distributed among the jihadis.

The women and children had a different fate and were taken captives and kept hungry in the Lahore jail. Starving women were forced to operate heavy wheat grindstones and were given the option of conversion to Islam or to suffer the consequences…

Killing the men, taking the young woman for themselves, using woman and children as slaves. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Islamic State knows the history of Islam well.


In historic homeland, Pakistan’s Sikhs live under constant threat

(Reuters) – Every time someone walks into his pharmacy in the volatile Pakistani city of Peshawar, Amarjeet Singh prepares for the worst.

“I don’t know if it’s a customer or an assailant who will reach out for his gun,” Amarjeet, a member of Pakistan’s tiny Sikh minority, told Reuters.

Easily recognized because of their colorful turbans, members of Pakistan’s Sikh community say they have been singled out and attacked increasingly in the South Asian nation where radical Islamist militants see them as infidels.

Their plight highlights a growing atmosphere of intolerance in a country long plagued by sectarian violence. Like Shi’ite Muslims, Christians and other minorities, Sikhs live in a paranoid and hostile world where every stranger is assumed to be an attacker.

Many Sikhs see Pakistan as the place where their religion began: the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, was born in 1469 in a small village near the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore…