Performing Seva Winning Hearts:Pakistan’s Depty AG cleans shoes & utensils at Golden Temple

Pakistan's Deputy Attorney General Muhammad Khurshid Khan


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Performing Seva Winning Hearts:Pakistan’s Depty AG cleans shoes & utensils at Golden Temple
By Neeraj Bagga

Pakistan’s Deputy Attorney General Muhammad Khurshid Khan polishes shoes during a visit to the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Tuesday. photo: vishal kumar

Amritsar, March 27
He polished shoes for peace. Pakistan’s Deputy Attorney General Muhammad Khurshid Khan believed that selfless service can work wonders. Even that can melt the differences across borders.

Paying obeisance at the Golden Temple and wishing for harmony and peace between India and Pakistan, Khan denounced violent activities in the world.

True to his popularity in doing sewa at Sikh shrines in Pakistan, Khan dusted and polished shoes of devotees at the Joda Ghar at the Golden Temple.

A part of a Pakistan Supreme Court Bar Association delegation, which arrived in India on March 21, Khan today arrived here from New Delhi. “During me stay in the holy city, I will do sewa at Joda Ghar (volunteer service of cleaning shoes) at the Golden Temple daily. Besides, I will visit Durgiana Temple tomorrow, a church on Sunday and Mosque on Friday,” he said.

Khan has been involved in volunteer service in various gurdwaras in Pakistan and India to oppose the kidnapping of three Sikh men by Taliban militants in Peshawar in 2010.

Of these abducted Sikhs, one Jaspal Singh was murdered. “It is not limited to atonement and purging for sins of my community members, but it’s the way to spread communal harmony,” he added.

“Being a Pakistani, a Mohammedan and a Pathan, I feel it is my duty to remove the misconception of terrorism tag attached to these names,” he said.

He added that inhuman actions of some frenzied people in the name of Taliban had damaged and tarnished Pakistan’s “pluralistic” heritage where Christian, Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities live together with the Muslim community. He said it was unfair to tarnish a whole community for the sins of a few.

Reluctant to form any kind of organisation to spread the message of peace, he believed that anybody from India and Pakistan could join him. He said his objective was to continue the tradition of paying obeisance at Sikh shrines which started from Peshawar’s Gurdwara Bhai Joga Singh two years back.

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6 responses to this post.

  1. The act of Pakistan’s Deputy Attorney General Muhammad Khurshid Khan is above the common borders,often created by novice in the field of Religion.Those who do not understand Religion they dislike it particularly in the background of Religion.99% or more of any country’s populace adheres the religion not by choice but by accidental chance of being born in that particular one.|
    As per the second chapter of Geeta, �Man does not die, Only body dies and the soul changes the body to assume a new one just like a man changing old Clothes. And this soul could not be burnt, wet or dried. It is stable and everywhere�. In fact this postulates the theory of re- incarnation. It amuses me as to how these narrow-minded sectarians would react if they were to know that they might take birth in the same religion against which they have been suffusing venomous propaganda.
    one may be called as a truly religious person if one has learnt how to serve mankind i.e. by spreading peace, working for down-trodden, assisting the “have-nots”, walking along the path of Ahimsa. When one understands these doctrines and implements these whole-heartedly then only one could be considered as a truly religious person.
    Whatever seva (service) has been done by Muhammad Khurshid Khan is a true symbol of a person who is above all religion’s.In fact one should be proud of him as he has shown the courage and initiative in today’s world of Religio-fanaticism.|
    Now a few facts about Sri Guru Granth Sahib , Golden Temple and Guru Nanak
    There is Baani (Shabad of sheikh Farida in SGGS–There are (134 hymns ) of Sheikh Farida
    Foundation stone of Golden Temple was laid by Sain Mian Mir
    Mir Mohammed Muayyinul Islam, (1550-1635) popularly known as Sain Mian Mir was a famous Muslim Sufi saint who resided in Lahore specifically in the town of Begampura (in present-day Pakistan). He belonged to the Qadiri order of Sufism. He was born at Sevastan (Sindh) August 11, 1550. He spent most of his life in and around Lahore.

    A close friend of The Fifth Padshah Guru Arjun Dev Ji he was invited to lay the foundation stone of the Harmandir Sahib, (now known worldwide as theGolden Temple) on 1st Magh, Samvat 1647 (13 January 1588 AD).

    The person who always accompanied Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji on his various illuminating journeys accross India and Asia was a Muslim Bhai Mardana

    Bhai Mardana (Punjabi: ਭਾਈ ਮਰਦਾਨਾ) (1459–1534) was the first follower[1][2] and longtime companion of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism. He was with Nanak in all of his journeys across India and Asia. Mardana was a Muslim[3], born to a Mirasi couple, Badra and Lakkho, of Rai Bhoi di Talwandi, now Nankana Sahib of Pakistan.
    It is said that Mardana first contacted Guru Nanak to seek help as many people in his family were dying at a young age. Guru Nanak gave him the assurance that henceforth people in his clan will not die early. It is said that the name Mardana came from this assurance- Mar- Da- Na meaning ‘Does not die’.

    Mardana was born in 1459 at the village of Rai Bhoi di Talwandi, district Shekhupura (Pakistan). This makes him ten years older than Guru Nanak His father-s name was -Badra- and mother-s name was -Lakho-. It is said that Lakho had six (or some say five) children who had died during birth, and she named this seventh child as -Marjana-( the one who dies), but Guru Nanak started calling him -Mardana-, meaning -Marda – Na-(the one who wouldn-t die). This is the mystery of this name.
    Principal Satbir Singh, who says that his name was -Dana- but after meeting Guru Nanak, Guru Ji named him -Mardana-, gives another version of his name. He was very pure of nature, hence Guru Ji loved him very much and always kept him alongside. He stayed with the Guru for almost fifty-four years.

    It is written in the -Janamsakhi-, that after a considerable search for the -right sounding- Rebab, which could not be found anywhere, Guru Nanak sent Mardana to the house of Bhai Firanda of Bhairowal (Kapurthala). Bhai Firanda was an accomplished musician and was a carpenter by trade. He presented a special Rebab to Guru Nanak, which sounded like -Tu hi Nirankar, tu hi Nirankar” (a divine melody in grace of the Almighty). Guru Ji was very much pleased with Bhai Firanda and bestowed upon him His boundless blessings.
    Guru Nanak started on His divine journeys in 1697 AD, and along with Mardana, His first stop was at Bhai Lalo-s humble house at Saidpur (Emnabad – Pakistan). Here Guru Ji meditated very rigidly for nearly a year, bearing the pains of stones, sand and thorns.

    Even if the above three facts were not happened still the humility and true service attitude of Muhammad Khurshid Khan is worth appreciable.He is indeed a great person.
    There is one more philosophical and Astrological connection attached to this
    The more one does this kind of Seva in any Religious place the chances of loosing Face/Fame get diluted and the person gets some honour.It is just like by performing this virtuous act you have eliminated status loss , if any indicated in your destiny.|Astrologically this is a very good remedy of SATURN.
    Best wishes

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    • Posted by Rashmi Talwar on April 2, 2012 at 12:58 PM

      Dear Karmi ji , U have put it across beautifully . The pains u have taken to project what u had in mind is commendable.

      In each and every grain He is , in every corner, line or drop , He is . In each strand of hair and blood , He is . O Fool , Look around He is manifest everywhere and u fight over Urs and Ours ….

      The fanatics who adhere to religion forget that they need to be human first and that the service to mankind or the Universe is what they are born for.

      I too am …….”it amuses me as to how these narrow-minded sectarians would react if they were to know that they might take birth in the same religion against which they have been suffusing venomous propaganda.
      one may be called as a truly religious person if one has learnt how to serve mankind i.e. by spreading peace, working for down-trodden, assisting the “have-nots”, walking along the path of Ahimsa. When one understands these doctrines and implements these whole-heartedly then only one could be considered as a truly religious person.”

      Thanks for being with me on this …Thks v much for visiting this blog

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  2. Rashmiji..im seriously humbled by your ever so intriguing philosphy about life, religion and about spreading harmony across the two nations which though have been carved from the same trunk of humanity…share the burden of an acrimonious history and a legacy of pain.
    I truly appreciate your efforts. And regarding this article and the criticism above..i would say that…those who love and rightly understand the message of their religion ..have the courage to respect and love the entire humanity.. and those who are insecure about their own faith..try to point fingers at others…it only displays their insecurity.

    So keep up the great work. May God bless us all.

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    • Posted by Rashmi Talwar on April 2, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      Pamela Dear That was a beautiful comment and yes i completely believe that each religion has its own beauty ..
      If one focuses on its beauty it would truely grace our lives and make it more meaningful . Alas, it does not happen in this world. The fanatics who adhere to religion forget that they need to be human first and that the service to mankind or the Universe is what they are born for.
      I sincerely hope that relations between the two nations torn apart may conjoin to make this one of the most prosperous , progressive and vibrant regions. We have a rich common culture in poetry, heritage , shared history, dress, language, lifestyle and even in humour…. Thanks for being with me on this …lots of love

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  3. Posted by Rashmi Talwar on March 28, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Dear Samar Hayat ji … Khuda ka koi bhi kona Uss sey khali nahi hai …Kahan Jate Kahan na Jate .. Woh toh Har jagah hai ..Toh fir chahey Masjid, Gurdwara, Church, Mandir aur koi aur Ho ..kia farak parta hai … Farak parta hai ki apne apni kis namrta se ussey yaad kia ….Ye barri Baat Hai … Baki apki apni soch hai … Mein uske barey mein kia kehne ki aukad rakhti hu … Mafoos rakhe apko woh upparwala …

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  4. Posted by Samar Hayat on March 28, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Tum Per Allah Tallah Keee LAAANAAT ho please ya Muhammad ka name apny ap sy Hataooo Q K agar kisi Masjid may jaty ur Masjid Ko Saf karty ya Masjid may neemaziyooo k Chapal, Jooty sahee tareekay say rakty to Inshallah ap ko JANAT Miltee. ( STUPID )

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