On Sunday, we came together to ride in memory of the Sikh community’s shaheeds (martyrs). It was around this date in 1606 when the fifth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Arjan, was executed by the Mughal emperor of India for refusing to convert to Islam. Later, in 1984, thousands of innocent Sikh pilgrims were killed around this date by the Indian army who invaded Harmandir Sahib (aka the Golden Temple) and many other Gurdwaras during the commemoration of Guru Arjan’s sacrifice.
As Sikhs, we cannot let these events go unacknowledged. We will always honor our history and make sure our future generations learn about the supreme sacrifices made by the Sikh community in the past, present and the spirit that carries us into the future.
Almost 20 Sikh cyclists joined this ride, including five junior members of Sikh Cycling Club. We rode about 45 miles round trip from Gurdwara Sahib Fremont and Tri-Valley Sikh Center in Livermore, CA. Many thanks to these sangats for their hospitality and support.
Parnam Shaheeda Nu. Fateh!