R4G - Disrespect Stopped in the Midlands

West Midlands, UK – Saturday 6th May 2006



Reports were being received from various sources that Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji’s Saroop was arranged, by the local Gurdwara committee, to be taken to an “off-license” premises in order to recite the sacred Bani Sukhmani Sahib. Members of the UK Sikh Community were made aware of the situation on the night before.

As news of the potential blatant contempt of Sikh principles spread across the UK, members of the Sangat started arriving at the Guru Nanak Gurdwara, West Bromwich Street, Walsall in large numbers during the early hours of Saturday morning to resolve the situation by not allowing the Saroop of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj to be taken to the “off-licence” premises.

At first, a meeting took place between the concerned members of the Sikh Community and the Gurdwara Parbhandak committee of Guru Nanak Gurdwara (West Bromwich Street, Walsall) to try and arrange a solution. The gathered Sangat were informed that the Gurudwara President had ‘cancelled’ the program, and were assured that Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji’s Saroop would not be taken to a place where alcohol and tobacco is stored and sold.

As the gathered Sangat were about to depart, Treasurer of the committee announced that the Guru Maharajs Saroop would indeed be taken, as the building was ‘separate’ from the “off-licence” shop and therefore acceptable.

The property had actually been visited by members of the Sangat and it was found that the building was not actually separated to differentiate between the intoxicants and the area where the Saroop of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj would be placed.

After further discussions with the family and the Gurudwara Committee it was agreed that Guru Ji’s Saroop would not be disrespected, and that a local Granthi could recite the Bani from a Gutka Sahib. This resolution would not have been possible without the pressure from the large group of members of the UK Sikh Sangat who were peaceful protesting outside the Gurdwara.

This is a firm reminder to all Gurdwara Prabhandak Committees that they are responsible for where the Saroop for Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj is taken. If they wish to lapse this responsibility than the Sangat will intervene.

To thank Guru Ji for showering His blessings, the large group assembled together to complete 5 Benti Chaupai Sahibs and Ardaas.


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