Posted on facebook on 26/12/2015
Supreme Sacrifice: As the year approaches the end, on December 26 every year, the global world Sikh community commemorate the martyrdom of three of their most loved figures of the Guru household. On this darkest of days, their youngest hero and bravest comrade of Sikhism, Sahibzada Fateh Singh (1699-1705, 6 year old) who was the youngest of Guru Gobind Singh's four sons, Sahibzada Zorawar Singh (1696-1705, 9 years old), his elder brother and Mata Gujar Kaur ji, their grandmother sacrificed their lives for their beliefs, their faith and the right to remain Sikhs; they did not bow to the demands and conditions set by the Mughal terrorists.
The Mughal empire was like the ISIS of today. Hell bent on eliminating non-Muslims throughout the world. The young sons of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru, did not surrender to the evil demands of the terrorists but chose to die as martyrs. During the period from Christmas to the New Year, the Sikhs remember with the pride the boldness and courage of these fearless fighters of humanity.
Their example should be encouragement for all of us to live in fearlessness from evil and to fight evil with courage, determination and forthrightness. The good people of the world need to unite to fight this evil of terrorism which is spreading round the world.
Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib which is situated 5 km north of Sirhind marks the sad site of the execution of the two younger sons of Guru Gobind Singh at the behest of Wazir Khan of Kunjpura, the faujdar of Sirhind. The three shrines exist within this Gurdwara complex to mark the exact spot where these tragic events were witnessed in 1705.
Baba Fateh Singh with his elder brother, set a precedence in Sikh history (and perhaps also in world history) by becoming the youngest known martyrs to sacrifice their lives for their principles and the right to practice their religion and their faith without coercion or the threat of terror. Even at such a tender age of 6 years, Baba Fateh Singh showed courage, determination and free-will not to be intimidated by the cruel, barbaric and unjust authorities of the time. He showed composure, fearlessness and the renowned trait of unparalleled heroism becoming of the Sikh leadership and was prepared to sacrifice his life but not his faith.