This blog post is a tribute to the bravado of my#Sikh brothers, who stood up in respect for humanity beyond faith during the #UKriots.
It was devastating to see the peoples power gone berserk in UK riots, as the arson and looting carried on unabated into the fourth night . Unfortunately against the sheer numbers, the police seemed helpless to control the unruly mob.
While following the #UKriots on Twitter and BBC News, hashtag #Sikhs started to trend—first World wide and then in UK, London.
A tweet was seen:
Remroum Remi Kanazi
Was afraid #Sikhs trending was going to be some bigoted stream. Thankfully it was this: Sikhs protecting people while they prayed #UKRiots
They came pouring, tweets one after the other with speed getting faster:
#Sikhs is trending.
Nagra18 Jasraj Nagra
#Sikhs is trending, never thought i’d see the day #proud.
KavelKaur Kavel Kaur
#Sikhs are a world wide trend!!!!
GDS1ngh GD singh
#sikhs trending, fantastic. doing what we do best.
#sikhs nanak naam chardi kala, tere baane sarbat dha bhala
I googled to check the details and saw Mail Online quote:
Some armed with swords, some carrying hockey sticks, defiant Sikhs stood guard outside their temples last night.
More then 700 men, some in their 80s, took to the streets to protect the homes, businesses and places of worship in Southall, West London.
The tweets went on:
Goggi_Rana Goggi Rana
Sikhs of Britain have displayed the same traits of fearlessness, as their ancestors of yesteryear #Sikhs #SangatTV
UncleWail Wail Al Aun
Thumbs Up for the #Sikhs protecting their #Temple in Toxteth #Liverpool #UKRiots
Singh Is King… Yep I think so! #sikhs doing it real big today. #LondonRiots #ukriots
Then we heard that they had not only protected their temples but also stood at the mosque guarding while the Muslims prayed ther Taraweeh prayers of Ramadan in South Hall mosque:
A google message read :
Muslims prayed their Tarawee prayers while Sikhs protected he Masjid
Got this from a friend in London.
In a Masjid in Southall London, Muslims were praying their Taravee prayer as the riots were going on, a bunch of Sikhs stood outside the Masjid and protected the Masjid.
The similar thing happened when Sikhs were inside their Gurduwara and some Muslim youngster guarded it on the gate
Great experience, a cousin and a friend of mine reported the same incident.
May ALLAH bless people like them, humanity still remains here, despite the problems
Tweets loaded with emotions, from Muslims and people from other faiths, too poured in with ovelwhelming enthusiasm:
PMGenerals PMG Anj
Today was an historic day for #hindus #sikhs and #muslims. #unitedwestand all religions teach us to have morals and respect dis proved it! X
dj_aNomAli ∀ℓι . ﾶ乇尺cんለռէ
Sikhs protect Southall mosque while Muslims pray Taraweeh in peace. Much respect to our brothers!! #LondonRiots #Southall #Sikhs #MashAllah
DNSDj Davinder Singh
Actually brings a tear to my eye seeing the #unity between #Sikhsand #Muslims in the fight against this madness. #proudtobesikh
Great sight in my #Birmingham where #Pakistani lads are protecting temples while Sikh lads protecting the mosques
Imagine a group of rioters turning down a street and suddenly seeing 400 #Sikhs standing in the distance. #wrongturn #ohshit #londonriots
AdamPatel2 Adam Patel
I hear the #sikhs are even protecting the #mosques in Southall so #muslims can read our Tarawih in peace.”>>> BIG LOVE –
And dishearted tweeps begain to take a sigh of relief
xcrimsonstarx Vicki Langfield
The #Sikhs are giving me faith in humanity
Indeed, everyone who followed this trend must have rekindled their faith in humanity. Thanks you my Sikh brothers.
MumzyStranger Mumzy Stranger
Love out to the #Sikh brothers who protected the mosque during prayer time. If we all unite we can and WILL put a STOP to this chaos! M x
And with these tweets millions or billions of eyes gleamed with hope.
We hope and pray this display of unity and humanity extends to all faiths and communities beyond borders and beliefs…
My mind recalled the verses of Sant Kabirdas which along with 500 other verses which are included in to the Guru granth Sahib, are often heard from Gurudwaras as Shabad Kirtan :
Avval Allah Noor upaya Qudrat ke sab bandey
(God created light of which all the things were born)
Aik nor ke sab jag upajaya kaun bhale ko mandhe
(From the light, the universe. So who is good and who is bad).
Indeed, I hail my Sikh brothers for living up to the spirits of their faith, their Gurus and their Book.
In return many Muslims also stood up with the Sikhs and helped them form groups which defended their communities and boroughs. Hail Sikh Muslim Solidarity.
Let this be the beginning of Sikh-Hindu-Muslim-Christian-Jew –other faiths unity for all faiths believe in one Supreme Power and all faiths belong to one Humanity’
I dedicate this tribute to my Sikh brothers with the greeting, which in Punjabi means exactly what Allah u Akbar stands for :
Vaheguru ji ka khalsa, vaheguru ji ki fateh.
(God’s pure and God’s victory )
My brothers, Rabb Raakhaa
Ilmana Fasih, Aug 10, 2011
P.S.: Please scroll down in the comment box to see the reaction of the Muslim community after 3 Pakistani boys were killed in Birmingham.