Further to the recent joint statement by multiple British Sikh and Hindu groups condemning the English Defence League (EDL) and any Sikhs who support them, the EDL’s “Sikh” spokesman Guramit Singh has been given an ultimatum by the Sikh signatories involved: He must publicly renounce the EDL by the end of the major Sikh festival of Vaisakhi on 14 April 2011.
Failure to do so will result in the matter being formally escalated directly to the most senior global Sikh authorities at the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar, India, who will be requested to issue an excommunication order to permanently expel Guramit Singh from the worldwide Sikh faith. As an ultimate sanction, this could result in him being formally declared a pariah to be ostracised by the world’s entire Sikh population, including being formally stripped of his right to be called a Sikh, along with being permanently banned from every Sikh temple in the world.
As confirmed by the extensive list of signatories involved, this action is endorsed by the British Sikh population, including numerous influential Sikh temples & organisations across the United Kingdom, particularly in London and Birmingham. This includes the two largest Sikh temples outside India — one of which involves the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha, which was given an award last year by the Queen for its exceptional humanitarian activities and is run by “Bhai Sahib” Mohinder Singh, one of the most senior and respected Sikh figures outside India. Bhai Sahib was previously discussed on Pickled Politics here and here, and has been involved in interfaith bridge-building activities on an international scale, including efforts to counteract the increasing bigotry towards ordinary Muslims in Britain in recent years. Bhai Sahib was also responsible for escorting the Queen around the Golden Temple during her visit to Amritsar in the late 1990s.
In complete violation of core Sikh tenets, Guramit Singh has been heavily involved in the EDL’s persecution of ordinary Muslims en masse whilst explicitly representing himself as a Sikh and claiming to be acting in the name of Sikhism, including deliberately modifying & grossly distorting sacred verses by the Sikh Gurus in order to “inspire” EDL members present during his foul-mouthed public speeches demonising Muslims, Islam and the Prophet Mohammad. Guramit Singh’s excommunication would therefore be entirely in line with historical precedents during the time of the Sikh Gurus along with the temporal authority permanently bequeathed to the Khalsa by the 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. As recently discussed on Pickled Politics, it has also been confirmed that one of the EDL’s founders is a convicted criminal for downloading child pornography, and that the EDL itself has multiple links to international terrorists.
Latest press release
Varinder Singh, an organiser of the ‘Sikhs Against the EDL’ campaign, has issued the following public statement in the campaign’s latest press release:
“The Sikh Community has clearly condemned Guramit Singh’s public actions which are being used as a political stunt by the EDL and thereby bringing the Sikh faith into disrepute. His actions do not reflect the Sikh faith or the community and must be stopped to prevent further damage to inter-faith relations.
We believe because of his influence they carry the Sikh flag on their marches, use Sikh emblem and insignia in their propaganda and make one-sided and inflammatory statements about any past divisions between Sikhs and Muslims, including the Partition.
We will be raising the concerns of our community leaders and will look to appeal to the Jathedar (Leader) of Sri Akal Takht Sahib, for him to formally issue excommunication orders should Guramit Singh decide not to denounce and distance himself from the EDL immediately.”
Examples of propaganda by the EDL’s Guramit “Singh”
As one of the EDL’s most high-profile spokesmen, Guramit Singh has been at the forefront of the EDL’s ongoing attempts to whip up hostility towards Muslims en masse. As previously discussed on Pickled Politics, this includes giving a public speech in December 2010 which contained the following expletive-laden propaganda slandering Islam, the Prophet Mohammad, Muslims and Allah (the video of his speech is available on Youtube):
“I’m going to tell you precisely right now what threat of Islam is. Muhammad and Islam is not a religion… Muhammad was a paedophilic pirate… Islam, in not just this country but around the world, has been using their disgusting threat, their threat has been going on for 1400 years, “if you do not bow before Muhammad and his so-called Allah, you are to be beheaded”… Hitler had fuck all on Muhammad.
The Koran and the Hadiths is written in Arabic. Muslims are not allowed to be taught Arabic in the mosque. Muslims are told, “do not question what your Imam says, although they don’t even know what the Imam’s saying, because the Imam’s just a “Allah, fuck it”. Stick your Allah up your arse, you cunt. Fuck em, fuck em, fuck em. I’m not being funny, fuck em. I may get arrested for this shit, but fuck em, fuck em, I’m not having it, fuck em, fuck em, fuck em, fuck em.”
As a result of his appearance on the BBC’s Newsnight during a documentary about the EDL in February 2011, Guramit Singh is on record as publicly referring to Islam as “evil” and expressing vehement hostility towards the religion as a whole, not just extremist interpretations of the faith (ie. “militant Islam”).
Due to a speech he gave at an EDL rally in November 2010, Guramit Singh is also on record as publicly attempting to exploit sacred verses by Guru Nanak (the founder of Sikhism) exalting women by first quoting the verses concerned, then deliberately paraphrasing them to change their meaning and connect them to the EDL, and finally engaging in yet another vicious expletive-laden diatribe demonising Britain’s entire Muslim population along with Islam and the Prophet Mohammad.
Due to a BBC Three documentary about the EDL, Guramit Singh is on record as publicly making the following derogatory remarks about Muslims in general during a speech he gave at an EDL rally: “God bless the Muslims…..They’ll need it for when they’re burning in fucking Hell.” The same documentary includes audio footage of Guramit Singh describing how much he hates other South Asians, using explicitly racist language, specifically “I fucking hate the Pakis”.
Some further disturbing video footage of Guramit Singh has recently emerged, this time involving him gleefully screaming extremely foul-mouthed abuse about God directly into the camera, despite the fact that “Allah” is used as a name for God numerous times in the sacred hymns of Sikhism’s Guru Granth Sahib.
Furthermore, as a result of his interview during the BBC Asian Network’s documentary “Who’s afraid of the EDL ?” in December 2010 (in which he also claimed that there is no difference between Islam and “militant Islam”), Guramit Singh is on record as using his Sikh background to justify his hatred of Islam by publicly making the historically & theologically false claim that Sikhs have been trying to “protect the world from Islam for 300-400 years”.
Sikhism’s real stance towards Islam, Muslims and Allah
Given the sheer scale of the demagogue Guramit Singh’s distorted propaganda, readers may wish to refer to the Pickled Politics article about the aforementioned joint statement for a detailed historical & theological overview of Sikhism’s real stance towards Islam, Muslims and Allah. Such as the fact that – for example – the foundation stone of the Golden Temple itself was laid by a Muslim saint upon the invitation of the Sikh Guru at the time, on land granted to the Sikhs by a Muslim emperor. Or the fact that the Sikh Guru who began the process of militarising the Sikhs by raising a standing army also had a mosque built for the Muslim population of the town he’d founded. Or the fact that the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh scriptures, includes hundreds of sacred verses originally written by Muslims, along with Islamic names for God such as “Allah”.
In the meantime, the matter was eloquently summarised by the 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh, who compiled the final version of the Guru Granth Sahib; he was also responsible for fully militarising the Sikh population by creating the Khalsa on Vaisakhi in 1699. From the Akal Ustat, by Guru Gobind Singh himself:
“Someone calls himself a Hindu, another a Turk, someone a Shia, another a Sunni. Recognise the whole of humanity as one race……
He the One is the only God of us all: it is His Form, His Light that is diffused in all…..
The temple or the mosque are the same, the Hindu worship or the Muslim prayer are the same; all humans are the same, it is through error they appear different…..it is the one God who created all.
The Hindu God and the Muslim God are the same; let no man even by mistake suppose there is a difference.”
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh.
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