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

Coronavirus Update

Please note its best to call the Sikh Missionary Society U.K. beforehand before visiting due to the changing nature of government guidelines on Safety due to the current Pandemic.

Please note this means there will also be no religious programmes, classes or activities at the centre either until further notice.

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Health Resilience Magazine Project

You are invited to tell your Covid Story for a Health Resilience Publication Project

The Sikh Missionary Society, U.K., with the funding provided by Community Lottery Fund, is coming up with an informational publication related to COVID-19. We intend to publish your experiences along with other information.

ਸਿੱਖ ਮਿਸ਼ਨਰੀ ਸੋਸਾਇਟੀ, ਕਮਿਊਨਟੀ ਲਾਟਰੀ ਫੰਡ ਦੀ ਸਹਾਇਤਾ ਨਾਲ, ਕੋਰੋਨਾ ਸੰਬੰਧੀ ਜਾਣਕਾਰੀ ਭਰਪੂਰ ਇਕ ਮੈਗਜ਼ੀਨ ਛਾਪਣ ਜਾ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ, ਜਿਸ ਵਿਚ ਇਸ ਮਹਾਮਾਰੀ ਸੰਬੰਧਿਤ ਜਰੂਰੀ ਸੂਚਨਾ ਦੇ ਨਾਲ ਨਾਲ ਆਪ ਸਬ ਦੇ ਨਿੱਜੀ ਤਜ਼ਰਬੇ ਵੀ ਸ਼ਾਮਿਲ ਹੋਣਗੇ - ਇਸ ਮੈਗਜ਼ੀਨ ਦਾ ਹਿਸਾ ਬਣਨ ਲਈ, ਇਸ ਲਿੰਕ ਨੂੰ ਖੋਲੋ -

For Further Information - Health Resilience Publication Project

Sikh Missionary Society UK Annual Report and Financial Statements Year 2019/20

The Sikh Missionary Society (U.K.) is a charity. Our registered charity number is 262404. We are regulated by the Charity Commission to whom we are required to submit our annual report and financial statements, up-to-date information about our trustees and other administrative information.

Our annual reports are available to view-

Your Seva is required for completion of a new Seminar Hall above Mata Sahib Kaur Hall.

The construction of the hall has been started, preparations for the building are expected to be completed by November. Hence we appeal for donations, please consider to help support this effort -

Commemorating 400th Parkaash Year of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji

Guru Tegh Bahadur

Year 2021 marks 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.

Commemorate the Martyrdom of Shri Guru Arjan Dev Ji - 16th June 2021

Guru Arjan Dev being tortured
Guru Arjan Dev, a saint and scholar of rare piety and literary attainments, fourth in succession to Guru Nanak - the founder of Sikh religion, was the first martyr of the Sikh Faith.
In the state of freedom, the Guru lives in the river like a fish.
Seeing the Divine, the light merged with the Light like a moth.
Consciousness connected with Infinite-Wisdom,
nothing entered awareness during torture like a deer.
In the Lotus-feet Sanctuary, the night was spent in joy-wealth like a bee.
The Guru never ceased to instruct, kept reciting the wisdom like a Babiha.
Perfection-oriented [Guru Arjan] recognized the natural inspired-company
as joy-fruit and love-flavor.
I am devoted to Guru Arjan.
–Bhai Gurdas, Var 24, Pauri 23

Martyrdom is a consequence of the struggle between the forces of evil and the invincible warrior for good, who remains unconquered to the end, because, he or she, has already conquered self (is already a mar-jeevra - the reborn). The would-be martyr does not bow to the will of evil but abides by the Will of the Creator Being (Bhana) while remaining true to conscience to the end. The ultimate victory is that of death-defying truthful conduct, justice and the righteous principle being upheld.

Sikhism which had been founded to transcend the division between Hindus and Muslims by preaching the gospel of the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of man, was exceedingly galling to the bigoted mind of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir who had firmly reasserted and declared the 'Islamic Shariyat' as the foundation of his Government when he ascended the throne.

The heroic martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev demonstrated once again the stark fact that religious persecution is sinful, because no one has the right to stand between a person and God, that violence in this field at least is futile, for religion cannot be inculcated by force. That there is no such thing as a belief that is not held voluntarily through a genuine spontaneous inner conviction. He laid down his life for a principle and his example generated a new impulse for calm suffering and sacrifice.

A saintly soul (a pavittar atma) revered by all, led the cause and confronted the evil of bigotry to uphold the principle of religious freedom - the ultimate martyrdom.

For only the martyrdom of such a person would awaken the spirit of righteous conduct and freedom in the ordinary people. Death was not pre-meditated, but was the inevitable consequence of the struggle (sangharsh) between good and evil.

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Celebrating 550th Guru Nanak Parkash (Birthday) Anniversary
50th Anniversary of The Sikh Missionary Society UK

Guru Nanak's Nirmal Panth to Khalsa Panth

State of the Panth and next steps:

Where are we? Where are we going? Where do we want to be?

Guru Nanak Sahib's 550th Parkash anniversary is being celebrated across the globe.

Guru Nanak Dev Ji and Bhai Mardana

Guru Ji's Message is evergreen and relevant to all times and places. As we celebrate so we also reflect on the state of the Khalsa Panth today. We ask ourselves if we are the true followers of the Sikhi preached by Guru ji. If not, then we need to rediscover Sikhi in its pristine form.

The True Source for doing that is Gurbani in Sri Guru Granth Sahib as ordained by Guru Gobind Singh ji. The Singh Sabha Movement started by Gursikh scholars in the second half of the 19th century was a milestone initiative in Sikh tradition to guide ourselves back to the Sikhi as taught by Guru Nanak Jot and Jugat over a period of 239 years from 1469 to 1708.

Today, we have hundreds of gurdwaras and Panthic jathebandis. There is no shortage of paper and electronic information and publications about Sikhi. We need to lay the foundation for Sikhi milestone achievements for the next 50 years as we celebrate the arrival of Guru Nanak Sahib 550 years ago.

We need to spread Gurbani-based guidance about the most pressing issues facing humanity today.

Below are links to some selected articles by Sikh diaspora scholars for special publications by Gurdwaras and organisations commemorating Guru Nanak Sahib 550th Parkash Divas:

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

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:

(1994) : The foundation stone was laid for Nanakana Sahib Foundation.
(1984) : General Vadiya visited Sri Darbar Sahib after Operation Bluestar.
(1924) : 6th Shahidi Jatha of 500 Akalis, led by Baba Prem Singh Ji Kokari, courted arrest upon reaching Jaito.
(1919) : 5 Ghadri Babas were hanged to death.
(1757) : Diyal Singh and Lehna Singh were killed by Jahan Khan.


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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 (020) 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 (020) 8574 1902.

Times: Wednesdays 6.00 - 8.00 pm