During this time of pandemic all we need is some support and help from the people who can come forward. The global pandemic has taken over and people have no means of bread and butter, and no mean of survival at this time.
Amid the pandemic, a lot of communities have stepped up to feed others and among them, one is the Sikh community. The Sikh community in Calgary is offering drive thru meals to the Calgarians during pandemic.
Volunteers have been feeding truck drivers, dropping off food to people in isolation, and providing hot meals to people in need at the Sikh temple.
For all the hardwork that these volunteers are doing, the MLA for Calgary-Falconridge, Mr. Davinder Toor came up to recognise and appreciate the noble work of Sikh Youth Edmonton and its Volunteers for distributing foodkits to all needy people in this tough time of Covid-19.
We sincerely hope that this time shall pass soon and we all come out of this pandemic as stronger than ever.
The world is currently going through a pandemic and all we have is the support of the people around the world to heal. As the coronavirus outbreak is taking lives of people from all over the world, Sikh community is again proving to help the destitute in this time of need.
According to the reports, the Sikh community is supporting the public during the pandemic. While they are providing food and the essentials through langar and camps, the police department from around the world is saluting their noble gestures.
Meanwhile, going by the reports, Guru Gobind Singh Gurudwara of Bradford has donated £40,000 to Bradford Hospitals NHS Trust. “The Sikh faith is one that will always help in times of need”.
Doctors around the world are the unsung heroes right now, who are at war and treating coronavirus patients during the pandemic. While we salute all the doctors out there, the two of the Sikh doctor brothers are inspiring people on a different level.
Canadian based physician Sanjeet Singh-Saluja and his brother Rajeet, a neurosurgeon, were forced to make a decision that affected them on a very deep, spiritual level and the Sikh brothers had to shave their beards.
According to media reports, Sanjeet was unable to wear protective gear due to his beard and this meant that he could not work closely with patients of coronavirus. However, he decided to choose his duty over his religion for the greater good of society.
“We could choose not to work, but in a time when healthcare workers are falling sick, we would be adding stress to an already taxed system,” Sanjeet said in a video posted by the McGill University Health Centre.
Sikh doctor makes ‘extremely difficult decision’ to shave ‘in this time of need’
For Montreal physician Sanjeet Singh-Saluja, COVID-19 forced him into the difficult position of having to reconcile his medical oath with his religious values
Hats off to you sir ?❤️#ProudSikhpic.twitter.com/JViNfBr1oO
Gurudwara Sahib Pulapol in Kuala Lumpur has been preparing upto 2500 packs of vegetarian meals everyday to help the people in need and serve them on a regular basis to fill their stomachs.
Gurdwara president Asst. Comm. Ravinder Singh said the volunteers preparing the food include policemen, retired cops as well as their family members.
“Every day, volunteers would gather at the gurdwara to cut and clean the vegetables, cook, pack and send the food. We serve only vegetarian food such as rice, dhal, vegetables and a sweet dish,” Ravinder Singh said.
“Every day, we change the menu,” he further added.
For the safety purpose, the whole gurdwara has been sanitised and inspected by health officers from Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
Reportedly, the amount of food they prepare depends on the request by the social welfare department. If there are more non – governmental organizations preparing food, then the gurudwara will cook less food.
“Besides cooked food, we also donate dry rations,” said ACP Ravinder.
Meanwhile, the effort is supported by the Malaysian Gurdwaras Council and the gurudwara is seeking donations to buy infant food powders to help families.
Punjabis are everywhere and their exemplary help to the needy show how they work for the welfare of the society. Due to their hard work and their selfless contribution towards the welfare of the society, Malaysia’s Penang Island has received what is probably its first road signage in Gurmukhi, one of the scripts for the Punjabi language.
The Facebook page of Wadda Gurudwara Sahib Penang shared the pictures of the sign board with the followers as they shared their heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to Sardar YB Jagdeep Singh Deo Ji and the state government for their kind gesture.
The post also reveals that the sangat has received food packets at this crucial time and will be distributing them to the needy families of all races. They have received 20 packets of dry rations and another 80 packets will be sent later, totaling to 100 packets.
Jagdeep Singh Deo told to a leading news agency that the state government approved the request to put Gurmukhi script on the Gurdwara Road signage, which was made by the Sikh community on Jan 15.
Meanwhile, the Sikh community is so proud of the naming and Penang Island is the first in Malaysia for having Gurmukhi wordings for the street.
At this time of suffering when everyone is thinking of their own and protecting themselves in this pandemic, we are forgetting that some of the others need help too.
One such old lady of Moga district of Punjab has extended her hand to help the poor around her. She is 98-year-old Gurdev Kaur Dhaliwal, who is stitching free masks for poor in her area. She may be close to turning 100 soon, but she is a warrior amid this pandemic as her family supports her in stitching masks with her.
“We are making face masks and distributing among passers-by free of cost,” says Gurdev Kaur in a video made by BBC.
Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Punjab’s Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has shared about her on Twitter. Harsimrat wrote: “I salute the grit & determination of the 98-yr-old Gurdev Kaur Ji of Moga for proving that age is no barrier when it comes to serving the nation. She has been passionately doing her bit to make sure we all wear #mask to win this #fightagainstcorona. It’s truly inspirational! ??” as she shared her picture, while Captain Amarinder Singh has shared her video.
I salute the grit & determination of the 98-yr-old Gurdev Kaur Ji of Moga for proving that age is no barrier when it comes to serving the nation. She has been passionately doing her bit to make sure we all wear #mask to win this #fightagainstcorona.
The strongest Corona Warrior of Punjab is 98-year-old Gurdev Kaur from Moga who with her family is stitching masks for Punjab. Such selfless dedication of Punjabis is proof of how strong we are & that we will overcome any challenge which comes our way. Thank you @BBCPunjabipic.twitter.com/poNOZ3fuQe
The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee has taken a mind blowing decision to extend help during corona crises. It has offered Majnu Ka Tila Gurudwara to the Delhi government to set up as a quarantine facility.
Not only this, the Gurudwara is also offering Langar to all the needy and poor people as and when required. The proposal for making Gurudwara Sahib a place for quarantine and provision of Langar from the side of management was already sent to Arvind Kejriwal who is the Chief Minister of Delhi.
This initiative is highly appreciated. When humanity is at stake, death numbers can rise and when people are helpless, during such a crucial time, help has been offered. Many of the families have enough food and essential services to survive but many poor and needy depend upon food and daily wages. For them, Langar seva has emerged as a boon. The Gurdwara Management Committee has taken a right step. They are real heroes.
Sikhs around the world have always made their community proud from wherever they are. One among those is Amrit Singh of Harris County, US State of Texas. The Indian – American law enforcement officer has scripted history by becoming the first-ever turban-wearing Sikh to be sworn in as Deputy Constable on January 21.
At the age of 21, he will be the first in his profession to wear his article of faith – a turban, beard and uncut hair – in the line of duty.
With his swear, the law enforcement allowed a new policy which allows law enforcement officers in nearly every single Harris County Constable’s Office to wear articles of their faith while in uniform. For Sikhs, that means being able to wear a turban and beard while on duty.
Reportedly, he always wanted to work as a peace officer. He spent years in law enforcement explorer programmes and five months in a police training academy.
Amrit will now go on to months of field training, after which he will be assigned to patrol within Precinct One.
We congratulate the deputy constable to never lose faith and standing for what his right.
Amidst the ongoing rage of Ayodhya dispute, a 70-year-old Sikh man has donated a piece of land for a mosque in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district. He did the heartwarming gesture during the auspicious month of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Social activist Sukhpal Singh Bedi made the announcement of the same at an event in Purkazi town in the district on Sunday.
Reportedly, the Sikh man runs a cloth shop and it is his tribute to Guru Nanak Dev Ji on his 550th birth anniversary. He wanted to spread the message of peace and harmony with his gesture.
“When Guru Nanak got enlightenment, the first words that he said were Na koi Hindu, na Mussalman (There is no Hindu and no Muslim). As Bedis are known to be direct descendants of Guru Nanak, by this small gesture, I aim to foster the same spirit in society, where I could see a sense of distrust emerging once again in the last few months,” he told The Hindu.
Incidents like these just remind us that humanity is still alive!