Anti-Panthic Activities Continues in our Gurdwara Sahibs
Sarabha Panjab News
30 August 2007
On the 16th of August 2007 after sustained campaigning by UK Sikh youth, Sri Akal Takht, Amritsar reiterated the Reht Maryada for Anand Karaj ceremonies.
Sri Akaal Takht Sahib is the Throne of the Almighty and the orders issued by it are called Hukamnamas. Hukamnama, literally means "Royal Order."
Participation of someone previously of a religion other than Sikhism in an Anand Karaj ceremony.
The existing Code of conduct regarding persons of other religions participating in an Anand Karaj ceremony is as follows:-
THE CODE OF SIKH CONDUCT AND CONVENTIONS
k. Persons professing faiths other than the Sikh faith cannot be joined in wedlock by the Anand Karaj ceremony.
Dispite this many Gurudwara Comittess across the UK are choosing to abuse this Maryada for financial gains.
As of 16th August 2007 new guidelines issues by Sri Akal Takhat
Any persons previously of a religion other than Sikhism must show his/her commitment to the PERSUIT of Sikhi by applying the following criteria:
Include Singh or Kaur in the name - Changing by Deed Poll including Passport & Driving Licence.
On the weekend of 25-26 August 07 Sarabha Panjab learned of at least 4 Gurudwaras where this Hukamana was breached.
Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Cross Road, Coventry
Singh Sabha, Hounslow
Gurudwara Committee Cover-Ups!
Sarabha Panjab first exposed some of the devious and corrupt people that run our Gurdwaras in June 2007, when Ramgarhia Gurdwara, Graham Street, Birmingham orchestrated an anand Karaj ceremony involving a Muslim boy.
The Committee tried to cover this up with lies, one of which included “The young man can not change his name to Singh because of his past”.
Sarabha Panjab can now confirm that the Sikh girl who married this boy has now converted to Islam. The boy had no intention of adopting Sikhism, it was a total cover-up by the Gurdwara Committee.
Sikh youth are sick and tired of corrupt Committee members making their own rules and abusing the Sikh Maryada.
Similarly, last weekend, Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Coventry conducted an Anand Karaj ceremony for a Christian boy. Again saying he cannot change his name for whatever reason – NOT GOOD ENOUGH!!
People plan months, sometimes years in advance for their wedding. “Not having time to change name to Singh” – This is no excuse!
It is about time Sikh Sangat stand up and question these so called leaders into their actions.
Note: There are some devious members of a particular committee who are trying to turn this debate into personal feuds and anti-Jathabandi.
We make it clear; this issue is NOT against any Jatha, group or individuals. This campaign is solely for the preservation of Akal Takhat Maryada, Sikh ethics and Gurudwara code of conduct.
Copy of Akal Takhat Realease - Click to Enlarge
Ik Ongkar Sri Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh
Sri Akal Takhat Sahib, Sri Amritsar
Giani Joginder Singh, Jethadar
Anand Sanskar"Marriage Ceremony"
This is a message to all the Sikh Sangat that according to the Rehat Maryada only Sikh couples (male/female) can engage in the Anand Karaj Ceremony. If the couple or either one of them is not a Sikh, then they must embrace the Sikh faith.
This includes that they must change their second name to Singh or Kaur in their official document (e.g. driving licence, identity card, passport) before the marriage.
AKAL TAKHAT MARYADA IN!
CORRUPT GURUDWARA COMMITTEES OUT!
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