I apologize if I am taking up space, but I just wanted to share a few words.
It’s that time of year again when processions will come out in the streets of many cities around the world, with people donned in mourners’ black. My Dadi used to tell me about how the entire village would come out and watch the Ashura procession- despite anyone’s faith and creed- and they would stand in solidarity with those mourning Hazrat Husayn Ji.
While the way Sikhs observe martyrdom days is different, I can understand and relate to the sentiments that many Muslims on these days must be feeling. Every December when we recount the martyrdom of the Vadde and Chhote Sahibzaade- Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s four biological sons- we are moved to tears. Despite the fact that these events took place three centuries ago, the pain is still fresh.
I won’t get into sectarianism because as a non-Muslim it’s really not my place to do so, but I also relate to the pain of having your history erased. Just as Imam Husayn stood against the tyranny of Yazid, the Sikh Guru Sahibaan stood against the tyranny of the Mughals. Just as the stories of Karbala are being ignored, so too are the stories of places like Sirhind and Chamkaur when it comes time to recount the history of the Mughals.
I find it moving to see so many people across the world coming together in the memory of a revolutionary human being like Imam Hussayn, and I, as a Sikh, offer you my solidarity.
May our Creator continue to bless us by allowing us to meet souls that inspire us to become better people, and cause us to come together as one.