🌹WHEN THE MUSLIM NAWAB OF MALERKOTLA STOOD UP TO TRY AND SAVE THE YOUNGEST SONS OF GURU GOBIND SINGH Ji MAHARAJ and walked out of the Royal Court in protest🌹
♦️THIS IS MY INDIA
♦️ISN’T IT YOURS?
🌹This is what Guru Gobind Singh ji Maharaj wrote in his Zafarnamah to the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb after being told his two youngest sons had been bricked alive by Wazir Khan , the Mughal Governor Of Sirhind
چه شد گر شغال با مکر و ریا
همین کشت دو بچه شیر را ؟
che shod gar shaghaal ba makr o riyaa / hameen kosht do bacheye sher ra?
What is so great if a jackal kills two cubs of a tiger by deceit and cunning?
چون شیر ژیان زنده ماند همی
ز تو انتقام ستاند همی
chon sher e zhiyaan zendeh maanad hamee / ze to enteqaam setaanad hamee!
Since that formidable tiger is still alive, he will definitely extract revenge on you!
🌹In 1705, the Nawab of #MalerKotla, Sher Mohammed Khan was the only man with courage to oppose what the Governor Of Sirhind Wazir Khan had ordered should be done “to brick the two young sons of Guru Gobind Singhji Maharaj whilst still alive”
🌹The boys were barely seven and nine, and Mohammad Khan had stood up for them, taking on Wazir Khan in public and then putting himself in the line of fire, by walking out of the royal court in protest.
🌹Nawab Sher Mohammed Khan put himself and his entire family at further risk by writing a letter of protest to the Emperor Aurangzeb that followers of The Holy Quran can never allow such a horrendous act against children!
🌹Though the boys couldn’t be saved, Guru Gobind Singh was so grateful that he gave the Nawab a kirpan (a small, symbolic sword worn as an article of faith by Sikhs).
🌹Since then, Malerkotla has been immortalised in Sikh history. In fact, the main gate at the gurdwara built to mark the place where the Guru’s sons lost their lives is named after Sher Mohammad Khan, and built on land he gave the Sikhs.
🌹Even during the horrors of Partition in 1947, when Punjab was in the throes of a communal bloodbath, Malerkotla did not witness a single incident of violence.
🌹Most of the town’s Muslim population decided to stay in India instead of migrating to Pakistan.
🌹During Partition, when Punjab was ravaged by riots, looting, violence, sexual abuse, and mass killings, Malerkotla remained almost untouched.
🌹Sikhs from surrounding areas assured the resident Muslims that they were safe in Malerkotla and did not need to migrate to the newly formed Pakistan and risk their lives in the process of crossing the border.
🌹In present day Malerkotla, inter-religious friendship is celebrated through shared festivals, partnering of communities in business and trade, mixed neighbourhoods, and mutual respect of the residents.
🌹Muslims, Sikhs, and Hindus live side by side and come to each other’s aid whenever needed. Sikhs built Gurudwara Haa Da Nara in Malerkotla, named so, to honour the “rallying cry for justice” raised by Nawab Sher Mohammad Khan and it remains a revered place of worship for Sikhs.
🌹THIS IS MY INDIA
🌹ISN’T IT YOURS?