Sikh Missionary Society (U.K.)
ਸਿੱਖ ਮਿਸ਼ਨਰੀ ਸੁਸਾਇਟੀ (ਯੂ.ਕੇ.)

Sikh Missionary Society UK offer their Condolences on the death of Her Majesty The Queen - Elizabeth II

We at Sikh Missionary Society Uk offer our heartiest condolences to all the members of Royal Family.

We are grateful to Her for recognition of Contribution of Sikh nation in World War I and World War II. She made special efforts towards the peace of the world and visited Sri Harimandir Saheb (Golden Temple) in Amritsar where she listened to the hymns of one spiritual God for the whole humankind.

As we offer our. Sincere grievances at her death, we pray for long and healthy life to Waheguru (almighty God) for our future King Charles who has already shown his love for Sikhs by opening of Sri Guru Singh Sabha.

From All the members of Sikh Missionary Society UK, Southall

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Commemorating 401st Parkaash Year of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji

Guru Tegh Bahadur

Year 2021 marked the 400th Parkash Year of Nanak IX, Guru Tegh Bahadur. To commemorate the life, mission and martyrdom of Guru Ji, the Society's acclaimed publication Guru Tegh Bahadur (1621-1675): The True Story has been revised and updated with Guru Ji's Gurbani by Society sewadar, S. Gurmukh Singh OBE. The Digital Edition has been made available to diaspora Sikh organisations for publication.

Happy Bandi Chhorr Divas: Day of Liberation

Happy Bandi Chhorr Divas: Day of Liberation
(Sikh festival coinciding with the Indian Divali)

  • Celebrating the release of 52 Indian rajas secured by Guru Hargobind, the Bandi Chhor Guru (Deliverer from prison)
  • Commemorating the martyrdom of Bhai Mani Singh
  • Remembering countless Sikh martyrdoms in the struggle for the freedom of the sub-continent of India from tyrannical Mughal rule, spearheaded by the Khalsa in the 18th Century
  • Sikh freedom from the darkness of superstition and ritualism
Sri Harmandir Sahib
(When) the lamp is lit, darkness is dispelled …
Where there is light of knowledge, ignorance is dispelled.
(Guru Granth Sahib p.791)

The story of Divali (also spelt as Diwali) for the Sikhs is a story of the Sikh struggle for freedom from the oppressive Mughal regime. The festival coincides with the Indian festival of Divali.

From the time of Guru Nanak (1469 - 1539), the founder of Sikhism, popular seasonal or folk festivals like the harvest festival of Vaisakhi, or ancient mythological festivals like Holi and Divali, or worship rituals like Aarti, began to take on a new significance for the Guru's students, the Sikhs. The "Guru" as the Light of Guru Nanak passing through 10 Guru Personalities and now residing in the Sikh Scripture, Guru Granth Sahib, used these festivals and special days e.g. first day of each lunar month called Sangraand, as occasions for promoting His teaching themes. And so the Sikhs were slowly diverted from darkness of superstitious ritualism based on fear and ignorance to an enlightened ideology based on reason and belief in One Creator.

The enlightened ideology of Guru Nanak gave new significance to ancient festivals like Divali and Vaisakhi.

Thus, "(When) the lamp is lit, darkness is dispelled … Where there is light of knowledge, ignorance is dispelled."
(Guru Granth Sahib p.791)

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Articles on Sikh Ideology & Identity

Remembering Delhi Pogrom 1984

Sikhs worldwide remember the 1984 pogrom in which, according to official figures, at least 3,000 Sikhs were killed by organized mobs in Delhi in the first 3 days of November 1984. Thousands of Sikhs were also killed in other cities of India. While the terror of the human slaughter within such a short time was horrifying, the contrived completeness of the failure of the Indian administrative system was inexcusable.

Pogroms, genocides and human tragedies, should unite all right thinking, fair-minded people above communal and religio-ethnic divides so that lessons are learnt, and history does not repeat itself. The politics of forgetfulness must not be allowed to suppress the traditional Sikhi spirit of remembrance expressed in the daily Ardaas (supplication).

The bodies of butchered Sikhs being quickly desposed off by the Indian Government.

In an ever shrinking world, no one can remain immune from large scale selective massacre of one community and prolonged delay in the delivery of justice. We remember those who lost their lives in the Sikh genocide of November 1984 and their families who continue to be denied justice to this day.

Further Reading

British
Sikh
Inquiry

Investigation into Institutional Racism Against Sikhs due to their distinct Miri-Piri (theo-social) identity as a distinct people (Qaum).

The British Sikh Inquiry (BSI) project aims to record evidence which shows institutional bias against the Sikhs because they are “different”. Thus, “Institutional racism” was defined by Sir William Macpherson in the UK’s Lawrence report (1999) as:

“The collective failure of an organization to provide an appropriate and professional service to people because of their colour, culture, or ethnic origin. It can be seen or detected in processes, attitudes and behaviour that amount to discrimination through prejudice, ignorance, thoughtlessness, and racist stereotyping which disadvantage minority ethnic people.”

Institutional racism in the government and agencies, politics, local and national assemblies, the judiciary, the media, the health and educational systems and other public and private sector bodies is directed against a people like the Sikhs because they are seen to be “different”. They are different not just because of their visible identity in case of Amritdhari (initiated) Sikhs and Sikhs who keep turbans and beards but also due to their association with a way of life based on creed, culture and historical tradition as a distinct people.

There have been numerous recorded cases since the arrival of Sikhs in the UK from about mid-1950's, which show that Sikhs have been victims of institutional discrimination because of their qaumi (theo-national) way of life, values, behaviour and characteristics. Varying degrees of religious observance may be one characteristic.

Otherwise, “The Sikhs are a role model community and provide an exceptionally interesting example of successful integration whilst maintaining a very visible and distinctive religious identity.” (The Sikh Manifesto 2015-2020).

Findings of the prolonged Daniel Morgan murder investigation into Scotland Yard remind UK Sikhs of their own negative experience in dealing with public servants and ministers. The most recent example is the highly questionable "consultation" process used by the Office for National Statistics to decide if the Sikhs should be allocated own ethnic (Qaumi) tick box in Census 2021.

The British Sikh Inquiry (BSI) section at the Sikh Missionary Society UK aims to collate and preserve as part of British Sikh history, cases, news reports, briefings and investigative articles relating to institutional racism against British Sikhs as a distinct community in the British plural society.

Project co-ordinator:

Gurmukh Singh OBE: sewauk2005@yahoo.co.uk

(First contact by e-mail only).

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Guidance on the wearing of Sikh Articles of Faith in the workplace and public spaces

Achieving this Guidance on the wearing of Sikh Articles of Faith in the workplace and public spaces by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is an important step forward in recognition of the Sikh religious identity in the UK. The Sikh Missionary Society UK was represented by Gurmukh Singh (UK) in the drafting of the Equality and Human Rights Commission guidelines.

You should read this guidance if you require:

  • clarification on how the law currently applies to the wearing of Sikh articles of faith
  • examples of best practice in dealing sensitively and fairly with observers of the Sikh faith
  • a tool to strengthen good relations by promoting greater understanding between Sikhs and others
  • a guide for private and public sector organisations in terms of dignity and fairness at work, and service delivery with regards to the Sikh community, and in promoting good relations, and
  • links to other guidance on this topic
The Five Sikh Articles of Faith

Further Reading

Aim and Activities

The Aim of the Sikh Missionary Society is the "Advancement of the Sikh faith in the U.K and abroad" which is brought about by various activities:

To Produce and distribute books on the Sikh Faith in English and Panjabi, and other languages to enlighten the younger generation of Sikhs as well as non-Sikhs.

To Advise and support young students in schools, colleges and universities on Sikh issues and Sikh traditions. If you belong to an educational institution and would like more information on Sikhism please contact the Resource Centre.

To Arrange Classes, Lectures, Seminars, Conferences, Gurmat camps and the celebration of Holy Sikh Events.

To award prizes to children on the basis of their achievement and interest in the field of Sikh Faith and Panjabi Language.

To make available all Sikh Artefacts, Posters, Literature, Music, Educational Video's, DVD's and Multimedia CD-ROMs

Guru Nanak Dev Ji

The Sikh Missionary Society U.K seeks financial and other help from Sikh Sangats and Gurdwaras to meet the objectives of the Society. The Society also acts as a Sikh Resource Centre and has over 1000 life and ordinary members from all over the U.K and abroad.

Catalogue of books and artefacts available at the Sikh Missionary Society UK

Today in Sikh History:

1956 Akali Conference held in Patiala.

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Ongoing Classes and Courses

Gurmukhi / Panjabi Classes

Learn to read, write and speak Panjabi.

To find out more about Panjabi Classes at the Sikh Missionary Society please call us +44 (0) 20 8574 1902.

Times: Fridays 6.00 - 7.30 PM

Panjabi Class
Kirtan Class

Kirtan Classes

Learn to play and sing Kirtan

You can bring your own instruments for practice and accompaniement.

To find out more about Kirtan Classes at the Sikh Missionary Society please call us +44 (0) 20 8574 1902.

Times: Wednesdays 6.00 - 7.30 pm