The Muslim Guru Nanak... I was Shocked Too

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Submitted: August 17, 2009

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Guru Nanak & Islam

Lets first look at how Guru Nanaks story of how he got his mission to solve the conflicts between the Hindus and muslims. Guru Nanak was one day talking a bath in the river and suddenly dissappeared. People at that time thought he drowned however, after three days Guru Nanak appeared at the same spot from where he had disappeared. He was no longer the same person he had been, there was a divine light in his eyes and his face was resplendent. He remained in a trance and said nothing. He gave up his job and distributed all of his belongings to the poor. When he finally broke his silence he uttered "There is no Hindu, no Muslim". Daulat Khan asked what he meant when he said to Guru Nanak, "Perhaps the Hindus were no longer Hindus but the Muslims remain devout to their faith." Guru Nanak replied,"Let God's grace be the mosque, and devotion the prayer mat. Let the Quran be the good conduct. Let modesty be compassion, good manners fasting, you should be a Muslim the like of this. Let good deeds be your Kaaba and truth be your mentor. Your Kalma be your creed and prayer, God would then vindicate your honour." (Majh). We can clearly see that Guru Nanak had never rejected any fact about Islam but for hindus he has rejected how the hindus practiced worshipping idols. Guru Nanak told the muslim also to continue to fast in the month of ramadan and in sikhism today fasting is totally against the religion. We can clearly see here that Guru Nanak did not have any intention to bring a new religion but told his followers to continue their religion. Lets analyse some other aspects of the life of Guru Nanak according to Sikh books and texts. He was born in a Hindu family and his immediate friends were muslims, so he would have had some kind of Islamic influence when he was young. He was once at school and his teacher asked him to count to 3, he refused and his teacher urged him to recite....Nanak kept saying 1, 1, 1, teacher asked him why? he replied 'because there is only 1 God'. This in itself is massive indication of his influence of Islam because the Hindus at that time had millions of different Gods and deities besides Allah, the Hindus being the arch enemies and haters of Islam even from the time (idolators) of Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) for some one to go against the tide of his culture, family, religion and society and to profess the oneness of God was very impressive indeed, verily to do this would require great conviction in the monothesitic belief of 1 God. Being young to develop this conviction lets look where he could have got sources of information, both religious and philosophical...we can deduce there were 3 main sources, his family, his teachers and his friends....his family was from a hardcore hindu family and Nanak went against the belief of his father and forefathers, so that is ruled out. Clearly the authority of his teachers didn't hold much weight in the sight of Nanak or else why would he speak against them and disobey, and also they were all Hindu! With logical reasoning one must deduce that his firends were influential over him because Islam was the only religion then to profess the oneness of Allah at the time, so he must have had a Islamic inclination even when he was young. Lets move on to when he was slightly older though still young. He was from a quite wealthy family, and once his mother gave him gold bracelets to wear, there and then Nanak went and threw them into the River Ganges. Why did he do this? This act of adornation of children was seen as a big custom for those that could afford it. Sikh scholars as yet can only say he must not have liked them, though this is clearly obvious he didn't like them but why didn't he? Could it be because Allah and his Prophet (saw) have declared it haram (impermissable) for men to adorn themselves with gold, and this is why he hastened to get rid of them? As Nanak was getting older he wore a jubba (like a kurta pajama but without the slit down the side and slightly longer!), he started wearing a turban and lengthening his beard. This was not customary for hindus to wear such items, there is absolutley no other rationable answer but to conclude that he was following the sunnah (the way) of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw), which every devout muslim endeavours to do. The Prophet (saw) used to wear a jubba, he used to lengthen his beard, and he used to wear a turban, just like many of the Prophets that had come before. "A REAL MUSLIM CAN BE INDENTIFIED BY THE WAY HE FOLLOW THE SUNNATH OF THE HOLY PROPHET NOT BY HOW HE LABELS HIMSELF A MUSLIM" Now you may think that sikhs dont cut their beard and they wear turbans so maybe he was a sikh, a quick and simple answer is that Sikhism wasn't even around at this time, only a couple of hundred years later was the Sikh Khalsa formed at the hands of Guru Gobind Singh. Infact the term 'sikh' did not even exist till the fifth Guru Arjan Singh came. Now as a devout muslim one should not just try to follow the Holy Prophet (saw) in just outward appearance but inwardly as well, in his sublime character, in his gentleness and generousity. As Nanak was maturing glimpses of his life reflected the teachings of the Prophet (saw). Once Nanak's father gave him some money to go to the market place and to do business, on his way there he met some poor beggers, Nanak spent all the money on food and fed the beggers instead! Allah (swt) says in the Qur'an, 'do not rebuke the begger', it is a well known fact with proof and authenticity in the field of hadith that the Prophet (saw) never once sent a begger empty handed when he was appoached. He would also meditate a lot and strived to renounce the material life of this dunya, the words of the Prophet (saw) comes to mind, 'live in this life as if you are but a traveller.' He used to pray a lot (as in the muslim prayer), in many sikh sources we are told that Guru Nanak used to go the mosque and pray sometimes. However according to history of Iraq other muslim countries he joined the jammat in the mosque and used to pray 5 times a day(muslim namaz). As you know the sikh statement of faith is 'Ek Onkar', this is what Guru Nanak was said to have uttered and encouraged others to believe in. Lets study this, Ek obviously means 'one', but what does Onkar mean? Onkar is actually from the sanskript word 'Omkar' now like a lot of sanskript words Omkar has root words, and 2 of the root words are, 'Rahim, and Kareem', these are 2 of the 99 names of Allah (swt) which are found in the Holy Qur'an. The word 'Rabb' is also very widespread in sikhism and is found in the Granth Sahib as well, ever thought where it came from? From the Holy Qur'an which was written over 1400 years ago! After all of this even if one attempted to try and refute all of the above, then I challenge anyone to explain this. It is documented by many if not all sikh books on the life of Nanak that he performed Hajj and Umrah therefore visiting the Holy cities of Mecca and Medina. If he wasn't a muslim then why would he do this, sikh scholars try to justify this by claiming that Nanak was accepted by everyone and this is why he went for Hajj and Umrah. Acceptance is one thing, but participating in the most holy and significant pilgrimage that a muslim will ever make is quite a different issue altogether. These same scholars are silenced when the following verse of the Holy Qur'an is recited to them, '..verily the disbelievers are impure so let them not come near the Holy plave of worship (Mecca)...' Thus meaning that a non-muslim can never under any circumstances enter Mecca or Medina, to this day and Insha Allah till the Day of Judgement no non-muslim can enter. So therefore Nanak must have been a muslim or else he wouldn't be allowed anywhere near the Holy Land. I think I've said enough but there are still a couple other points, sikh sources testify to the fact that Nanak went to Baghdad (Iraq), at that time Baghdad was the Islamic capital of the entire world and was for many years. At that time when economy was soaring, social structuring through the justice of Islam was being implemented, advancement of technology was moving at a rapid rate. So much could be said about Baghdad but the question is if Nanak wasn't a muslim he had no reason to be in Baghdad. To conclude, in the Gurudwara of Ferozepur District (North Punjab) was the jubba of Nanak, for reasons of maintenance it was wrapped many times and remained like this for many years, until just over 50 years ago it was unveiled, and low and behold on the jubba was verses of the Holy Qur'an, and scrawled across the front was the statement of faith declaring, 'There is no deity worthy of worship but Allah, and that Muhammad (saw) is the Messenger of Allah' yet sikh scholars haven't explained this unsurprisingly, for it speaks for itself. Guru Nanak also join muslim saints and did zikr(spritual prayer) with them for a total of 40 years. Therefore the Calipah of Baghdad gave him the the cloak and only gave it to him because he a great sufi saint and aslo a true muslim. The cloak has the kalma, the names of Allah and also some verses of the quran and only a pure and a true muslim like Guru Nanak had been given the cloak as a gift. Theres so much more than can be said, I hope I have done justice to your question, I pray that this is a means of opening your heart to the light of Islam, just like my heart was opened through the Mercy of the ever- Merciful (swt). As one companion of the Prophet (saw) once said when inviting towards Islam, 'we were sent to take mankind out of the servitude of things and bring them under the servitude of Allah, from the injustice of oppressors and systems, to the justice of Islam. From the narrowness of this dunya, to the vastness of the hereafter.'

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