As a part of Leadership training course a visit to historical worship place of Sikh’s religion has been paid on October 25th 2016 . This gurdwara is situated in Shah Qabool Jogan Shah.The objective of the visit to sensitize and orient students upon the theme of religious diversity with a direct interaction with the religious leaders of Skhism.It was an attempt to strengthen the intrareligious relationships among different religions.
Sardar Charanjeet Singh (Sikh Religious Leader) warmly welcomed PEAD team and students. In the congregation, females were advised to sit on one side and the male on the other side of the hall. It is rude and disrespectful to show one’s back or stretch one’s feet towards the Holy Granth. That is why everyone tries to sit cross-legged. Also it is customary that everyone sits on the carpeted floor, which is symbolic of down to earth humility before the Guru and equality with fellow Sikhs.
Charanjeet shared sikh’s religion beliefs with profundity the difference between ‘religious’ and ‘cultural’ aspects of religious centers, though a clear distinction cannot always be made. Sitting on the carpet rather than on a chair is not necessarily ‘’Muslim’, ‘Hindu’ or ‘Sikh’, for example; it is part of Eastern cultural practice. The same can be said of removing shoes. On the other hand, the altar in a church building, using Arabic for prayer in a mosque and reading out the sacred scriptures in Hebrew in a synagogue are all specifically religious features.
The second visit of leadership course was planned to Gurdwara Bhai Beeba Singh ,Jogi Wara Peshawar on 30th October’ 2016 .The group of 47 students consisted of students from four universities of Peshawar
The objective of the visit to was to provide a hands on experience to the students to learn about other faiths ,other than their own and developing an understanding of Sikhisms.
Charanjeet Singh welcomed the Pead team and students and oriented students about the basic faiths of Sikhism .He said that Sikhism beleivs in one Allah and Guru Nank Sahib is considered the messenger of Almighty.He shared that Sangat of Peshawar is held in the morning and evening and Parkash of Granth Sahib( the Holy Book of Sikhism) takes place.. Guru Granth is a large volume of religious scripture of Sikhism which is placed in a room during night time. It is written in Gur Mukhi script, which is read as Punjab. the Gurdwara Sardar Charnjeet Singh shared his experience of Panja Sahab where, a group of university students came to visit Panja Sahab at Hassan Abdal from Haripur. He being their guide has to be there for explaining the Sikh culture. The Sikhs were bowing down in front of the raised area (Holy Area), as Guru Granth ji was placed there. A university girl inquired about if Sikhs believe on almighty God and why are these people bowing in front of the raised area? When in prayer you bow down. Does it mean that you are bowing in front of something? No. that means you are bowing in front of Allah Almighty. Same is the case here. We do not bow in front of anybody else other that Allah. Guru Granth sahib has first (1st) till one thousand four hundred and thirty (1430) which is purely about God. We are God’s creation and we believe in him. We believe that unity and tolerance amongst all the religion is very important.
During the visit community members asked few questions in order to remove misunderstandings about Sikhism. Sardar Charanjeet very positively cleared the misconceptions. The visit was followed by the Sikh lunch (langar) in their traditional utensils.