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Young Sikh Martyr

Among 700 Sikhs arrested and taken to Delhi to please the moghul emperor, there was a young boy of hardly 18 years of age.

The mother of the Sikh boy approached Farukha Saiyer to get her son freed by telling a lie, (out of love for her son) that her son was not a Sikh and was arrested by mistake by soldiers. Hearing this from the lady, Farukha Saiyer was immensely pleased on the prospect of claiming that at least one Sikh had betrayed her faith. The Emperor issued orders for the release of the boy, provided the boy publicly disclaimed to be a Sikh. Armed with the release orders for her son, the old lady walked over the place where her son was to be put to death along with other sikh prisoners.

She handed over the orders to the official incharge of executions. She also advised her son to disclaim being a Sikh, and thus save her life.

At this the boy started shouting loudly, "I am a staunch Sikh who values his faith more than his life, I am eager to die as a martyr like my other Sikh companions. This lady is not my mother. I do not recognize her. Please do not deprive me of the golden opportunity of sacrificing my life as a Sikh along with my brothers." The more his mother tried to persuade him to disclaim being a Sikh, the louder he shouted, proclaiming he was a devoted Sikh.

The police chief, the Kazi and the spectators were astonished and horrified by the courage shown by the young Sikh boy. They also felt humiliated. The young boy had no doubt in his mind about the supreme sacrifices he was about to make. Sacrifices which, unflinchingly and willingly, were made by the young four sons of Guru Gobind Singh for upholding the values dear and cherished by all Sikhs. This cemented the young Sikhs firm resolve not to renounce or insult his religion, even when faced with a sure and cruel death. The executioner stepped forward and with a single blow of the sword, cut off the head of the brave young Sikh.

This way, the young Sikh boy enlightened the path of future Sikh generations for all time. He showed to the world that a true Sikh values his faith more than anything else, since a true Sikh always keeps himself in readiness to fight against cruel and evil rulers, defending the weak and oppressed.

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