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The True Savior

Bijla Singh

Throughout the article “The Expendable Wife” Muslims have made ridiculous assumptions about Guru Nanak Sahib and tried to show him as a neglectful man which is far from the actual truth. Further, the claim is made that Guru Sahib was not an ideal role model for the humanity to follow. In this article, by Guru’s grace we will not only disapprove the polemics of Muslims but also prove that Guru Sahib is by far the best role model and show the trueness of Guru Nanak Sahib, the only true savior of the world.

Guru Nanak Sahib is the Satguru, a true Guru, who is highest of all, always has been and will always be.

You are the True Guru, throughout the four ages; You Yourself are the Transcendent Lord. (Ang 1406)

 

Guru Nanak is the greatest of all; He saved my honor in this Dark Age of Kali Yuga. (Ang 750)

Mission of Guru Sahib

Muslims citing the source from Patwant Singh’s book claim that Guru Sahib left His home to “find answers” and spend time “in wilderness”. It seems as though neither Muslims nor Patwant Singh have studied the Sikh history or fully understood it because neither one of them presented any credible sources to prove such claims. What questions did He have answers to which could only be found in Tibet, Sri Lanka and Medina? Did he find the answers? If yes where are they written? Which particular question was answered at which place during which journey? Both have no answers because such ridiculous claims are nowhere to be found in any credible history source. The oldest record of history of Guru Sahib is written by Bhai Gurdas Ji which gives us a factual look at the reality.

Before Guru Nanak Sahib there was utter darkness of ignorance in the minds of humanity. Islam and Hinduism had failed to provide proper guidance to the people and path of true peacefulness. Everyone was engrossed in lust and greed. Guru Sahib’s mission was to show a right path to humanity, which provides pace of mind, spiritual enlightenment and helps one to achieve salvation. For this very purpose He traveled in all four directions and visited many religious centers.

In his meditation, Baba found the whole earth burning (with the fire of lust, greed and anger). Without Guru there is utter darkness and he heard the cries of the common men…… Thus he went out to depurate humanity on earth. (Vaar 1)

Thus it was for this purpose that Guru Sahib left His home. Bhai Gurdas Ji further states:

Baba liberated all four directions and nine divisions of earth. Gurmukh (Guru Nanak) has emerged in this kaliyug, the Dark Age. (Vaar 1)

Therefore, it is clear that the mission was to provide a path of liberation and preach the truth which Guru Sahib successfully accomplished.

Neglect or Sacrifice?

Muslims claim Guru Sahib “left home and neglected his family” and “did not fulfill his responsibilities”. Such claims can only be made by those who fail to understand the truth and are blinded by ignorance. The fact is that Guru Sahib wanted to liberate the humanity from the fire of lust, anger and greed because such were (and still are) the main causes of one’s separation from Waheguru (God). Those who do not meditate upon Naam are engrossed in five vices and suffer in their entire life. Guru Sahib preached Naam and whosoever obtained it forsake all worldly pleasures that lead to separation from Waheguru.

If Guru Sahib wanted to deliver peace to the humanity would he not have started His mission from his own family? He very well did and the first person to become Sikh was His sister, Bibi Nanki Ji, followed by many others including His own wife, Mata Sulakhanee Ji. The message delivered through Guru Sahib by Waheguru not only provided absolute blissful peace for people but also eradicated the five vices (Lust, Anger, Greed, Worldly Attachment and Ego).

Lust, anger, egotism, jealousy and desire are eliminated by chanting the Name of the Lord. (Ang 1388)

It would’ve been very selfish to know the path of liberation and not show it to others. Guru Sahib wanted everyone to enjoy the true peace. The only way to do that was by traveling in all four directions and preaching the truth. He targeted the major religious centers first. He went to Hardwar and Banaras (Hindu places), Mecca, Baghdad and Medina (Muslim places), Nepal, Sri Lanka and Tibet which are Buddhist places.

Guru Sahib left His home for a greater good i.e. to provide true happiness and peace to the humanity. It was a sacrifice He made for the mission He was bestowed upon by Akal Purakh (God). Mata Sulakhanee, His wife, was a very wise person and a devout Sikh. She clearly understood the mission and fully supported her husband in this great feat. There are no sources that claim that Mata Sulakhanee did not approve Guru Sahib leaving home or if she was not consulted in making this decision. She was satisfied by the blessings of Naam and wasn’t attached to the materialistic pleasures.

In Sikhi, Naam (constant meditation of God) has the power to provide all satisfactions. With Naam one’s desire to eat, drink and sleep goes away. There have been numerous accounts of Sikhs who never got married and never had sexual desires. Muslim Sufis, Buddhist Monks and many Hindu and Christian saints live the life of celibacy. Most fundamental teaching of Sikhi is to control one’s desires and be absorbed in Naam.

Mata Sulakhanee enjoyed the company of Guru Nanak Sahib and had received the blessings of Naam. She had attained peace and spiritual level of attachment only with Waheguru. Had she been so worried about her sex life, she never would have consented Guru Sahib to go. According to history records such as Prachin Panth Parkash and Nanak Parkash, Mata Ji stayed with her in-laws while Guru Sahib was away. Guru Sahib was from a wealthy family which proves that neither Mata Ji nor the kids were deprived of basic worldly needs and they were well taken care of financially. Furthermore, disagreement between Guru Sahib and Mata Ji would have resulted in separation but such never happened. After each journey Guru Sahib returned home but never once did Mata Sulakhanee Ji object Him going away again. She understood very well that Guru Nanak Sahib had come to this earth for the entire humanity and it was absolutely necessary for Him to spread the message of God.

By taking journeys Guru Sahib taught that for the sake of truth one should not hesitate to sacrifice not only himself but also his entire family. Sikhs, being the true followers, lived up to it and sacrificed their families and children but never gave up the true path of life, Sikhi. Therefore, it is utterly foolish to disregard His sacrifice and turn it into neglect.

Now let’s take a look at the life of Prophet Mohammad and find out what kind of family person and role model he was and analyze the examples he has left for the humanity and his followers to follow.

A Role Model?

First of all, if Mohammad was a true prophet he would have left his area for the purpose of spreading his message. Instead, he sent letters to the neighboring states requesting them to recognize his “prophethood” and when his letters were denied he revealed hateful verses against Jews and Christians. A true prophet cares for humanity not just for his family or the area in which he is born. Mohammad being the prophet had the responsibility to preach the truth which requires leaving home, area and even the state. As Muslims claim Allah had chosen him to be the messenger therefore he was solely responsible for delivering the message to as many people as possible in which he absolutely failed. He stayed in his area throughout his life except when he was exiled from Medina.

Mohammad being a prophet should have been a role model for the Muslims in all respect. However, it is astonishing that he could not even control his sexual desires and married thirteen women, many more than a common Muslim. He also kept countless maids. See the following Quranic verse Mohammad told his followers to justify his marriages and keeping of maid captives.

“O Prophet! We have made lawful to you the wives to whom you have given their dowers; and those ladies whom your right hands possess (from the prisoners of war) whom Allah has assigned to you; and the daughters of your paternal uncles and aunts, and the daughters of your maternal uncles and aunts, who have migrated with you; and the believing woman who gave herself to the Prophet if the Prophet desires to marry her – this permission is only for you and not for the other believers; we know what restrictions We have imposed on the other believers concerning their wives and those whom their right hands possess. We have granted you this privilege as an exception so that no blame may be attached to you. Allah is Forgiving, Merciful”. (33:50)

What kind of God’s message allows a follower to keep only four wives but unlimited for the messenger? Shouldn’t Mohammad have followed the message first and served as a role model to the humanity? If God’s message (Quran) is for everyone on earth then why was Mohammad an exception? If Quran really was from God then Mohammad should have kept no more than four wives (according to Islamic belief) but on the contrary he was the first one to go against the very message he delivered. Hence, Mohammad is not a true role model.

Marrying more than one spouse is absolutely discouraged in Sikhi. Not only Islam allows a man to marry up to four wives but also deprives the woman of common rights. If the message of Mohammad and Islam is truly from God then why would God focus on a man to have four wives and pose a number of restrictions on women? This shows that the message of Mohammad is of personal desires rather than one from God.

Immorality – Only in Islam

Mohammad had become engrossed in sexual pleasures so much so that he even went after his adopted son’s wife, who was also his first cousin. Zaid Ibn Harith was Mohammad’s adopted son who married with Zainab Bint Jahsh. Looking at Zainab’s beauty, Mohammad could not refrain from his desire to marry her. Zaid, somehow or the other came to know the intention of Mohammad which resulted in Zainab and Zaid’s divorce. After he divorced her, Mohammad told his followers about the revelation of the following verse to justify his unethical, immoral and ashamed action of marrying his adopted son’s wife:

“O Prophet, remember when you said to the one (Zaid, Prophet’s adopted son) whom Allah as well as you had favored: “Keep your wife in wedlock and fear Allah”. You sought to hide in your heart what Allah intended to reveal; you were afraid of the people whereas it would have been more appropriate to fear Allah. So when Zaid divorced his wife, we gave her to you in marriage, so that there remains no hindrance for the believers to wed the wives of their adopted sons if they divorced them. And Allah’s Command had to be carried out.” (33:37)

And to justify his marriage, Mohammad brought the following sura to declare the status of adopted son:

“God did not make your adopted son as your own sons. To declare them so is your empty claim. God’s word is righteous and constitutes true guidance.” (33:4)

What kind of moral message was preached to the people? That all adopted sons all over the world should not trust their fathers with regard to their wives? Is this not a matter for the Muslims to be ashamed of? Marrying first cousin is considered immoral in most of the societies but only in Islam do we find that the Prophet declared it a moral act to justify his lust for whom he was a father figure to. Had Islamic history been full of stories of Mohammad’s patience, self-control and sexual disinterest it would have been a matter of proud for the Muslims and only then could Mohammad be considered as a good role model.

The fact that Guru Nanak Sahib had no sexual interest and lived His life with pure self control shows that He is the true role model for humanity. Guru Nanak Sahib gave up materialistic pleasures to spread and preach the true path to meet and be one with Waheguru (God). His followers followed the same message. Sikhs were offered money, palaces, sex slaves, multiple wives and worldly riches for the price of religion, Gurmat, but they chose to be cut into pieces and boiled alive instead. This shows how much self-control Sikhs had and were ready to sacrifice everything in the name of truth. This is the example that was set forth by Guru Nanak Sahib.

A Sex Predator

Guru Sahib had no lust and no sexual desires burning in His mind that could stop Him from spreading the message of Waheguru and deliver the message of truth to the humanity. Mohammad on the other hand was totally opposite of having such personality. He was not only keen for seeking young women for him but also had lust for young child girls, which is clearly stated in Hadith below:

Narrated Jabir bin 'Abdullah: When I got married, Allah's Apostle said to me, "What type of lady have you married?" I replied, "I have married a matron' He said, "Why, don't you have a liking for the young virgins and for fondling them?" Jabir also said: Allah's Apostle said, "Why didn't you marry a young girl so that you might play with her and she with you?' (Sahih Bukhari Volume 7, Book 62, Number 17)

The above hadith makes it clear that for Mohammad marriage is all about physical relation i.e. to have sex and nothing more. This becomes apparent when Mohammad marries a six years old girl, Ayesha.

'A'isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported: Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) married me when I was six years old, and I was admitted to his house when I was nine years old. (Sahih Muslim Book 008, Number 3310)

 

Narrated 'Aisha: that the Prophet married her when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when she was nine years old, and then she remained with him for nine years (i.e., till his death). (Sahih Bukhari Volume 7, Book 62, Number 64)

 

Narrated 'Aisha: that the Prophet married her when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when she was nine years old. Hisham said: I have been informed that 'Aisha remained with the Prophet for nine years (i.e. till his death)." what you know of the Quran (by heart)' (Sahih Bukhari Volume 7, Book 62, Number 65).

Is the act of an old man marrying a young girl to whom he is of grandfather figure a good example for the humanity to follow?

Mohammad also had many sex slaves such as Rayhana and Mariyah al-Qibtiyaa. Instead of opposing an evil practice of slavery, Mohammad himself advocated and practiced it. This can only come from a person who has nothing but lust in his mind.

"The Prophet used to pass (have sexual relation with) all his wives in one night, and at that time he had nine wives." (Sahih Bukhari, Arabic-English translation, vol. 7, Hadith No. 142. And vol. 1, Hadith No.268)

This is a stark contrast to Satguru Nanak Sahib’s example. When the King of Sangladeep sent dancing girls to entertain and seduce Guru Nanak Sahib, Guru Sahib said,

O princess, my daughter, run away from this place! Chant the True Name, and embellish your days. Serve your Beloved Lord God, and lean on the Support of His Love. Through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, abandon your thirst for corruption and poison. ||7|| (Ang 1187)

Whereas Guru Sahib was spending days and nights in singing praises of Waheguru (God) and spreading the true divine message, Mohammad was busy in going to each of his wives to have sexual intercourse. Of course, unlike real prophets, he could never rise above the materialistic pleasures. Message and life of Guru Sahib brings peace, love, and compassion in one’s mind but in the case of Mohammad such things are nowhere to be found.

Neglect for Wives

Now we come to the so-called empty claims of “sex satisfaction” and “neglect” made by the Muslims. We shall see in this section that it was not Guru Sahib who had neglected his wife but Mohammad himself who showed little to no care for his wives and their needs.

According to Islamic scholars a wife 1) must be sexually satisfied 2) must not become burden on the society 3) needs companionship of husband. We (Sikhs) reject this falsified claim because Sikhi, unlike Islam, teaches to control one’s desires and have self-control. From Islamic viewpoint, all women have to have these needs fulfilled and it is rational to believe that women must be provided with such needs even after the death of the husband. After all, the needs just don’t disappear after the husband departs from this world. We, therefore, evaluate this Islamic claim on the life of Mohammad. After reading this section it would become crystal clear that Mohammad not only neglected many of his wives but played a vital role in depriving them of the very needs Muslims are hectic about. In other words, the three needs mentioned above were not fulfilled by Mohammad. Mohammad married approximately 13 (varies) women in his lifetime excluding sex slaves and concubines. Therefore, we must look at how much time of their lives was spent with and without Mohammad.

1)      Ayesha– Mohammad married Ayesha when she was 6 years old and the prophet was 53 (varies depending on sources). He consummated the marriage when she turned 9. When the prophet died at the age of 63, she was 16 years old. She died at the age of 66.So Ayesha lived for 50 years after Mohammad’s death.

2)      Hafsah Bint Umar– Hafsah was the daughter of Caliph Umor. She was first married to Khunais Ibn alkhattab. She became a widow at the age of 18. She was 20 years and Mohammad was 55 years when they got married. She lived with Mohammad for 8 years. She died at the age of 63 which means she spent 35 years of her life after Mohammad’s death.

3)      Umm Salama Hind Bint– Mohammad married her in 626 A.D. She was with Mohammad for about 7 years and lived for 48 years after Mohammad.

4)      JuwayriahBint– Mohammad married her when he was 58 and she was 20. She was married to Mohammad for 5 years. She died at the age of 65. She lived for 40 years after Mohammad's death.

5)      Safiyah Bint Hoyay–She was war booty. She lost her father, recently married husband and all other close relatives in the battle. Safiyah had no choice but to marry Mohammad to save her life. She was 17 years old when she married the 58 years old Mohammad. She was with Mohammad for 5 years. She was 22 when the prophet of Islam died. She lived as a widow for 39 years. She died in 50 A.H (673 A.D.) at the age of 60.

6)      Umm Habibah Ramla Bint Abu Sufyan– The King of Ethiopia, Negas presented her to Mohammad as a wife. She was 35 and the prophet was 60 at the time of marriage in 7 A.H. She spent about 3-4 years of her life with Mohammad and continued living another 33 years. She died at the age of 72.

7)      Maimunah Bint – Mohammad married her when he was 60 and she was 36 in 629 A.D. (7 A.H). She lived with Mohammad for just 3-4 years. After Mohammad died, Maimunah lived for 40 years. She died at the age of 80. She was Mohammad's last wife to die.

To summarize the above, Mohammad’s wives lived for couple of decades after his death.

Ayesha – 50 years

Hafsah Bint Umar - 35 years

Umm Salama Hind Bint – 48 years

JuwayriahBint – 40 years

Safiyah Bint Hoyay – 39 years

Umm Habibah Ramla Bint Abu Sufyan – 33 years

Maimunah Bint – 40 years

This shows that Mohammad had left his wives sexually deprived after his death. Some like Ayesha were very young and could get remarried but Mohammad had put a stop to the remarriage by revealing the following verse.

Nor is it right for you that ye should annoy God’s Messenger, or that ye should marry his widows after him at any time. (33:53).

On one hand, Islam says that wife must be sexually satisfied and on the other hand no one had the right to marry Mohammad’s widow. Then we must ask the same question: How were these wives sexually satisfied especially Ayesha the “mother of the believers” after Mohammad’s death? Did they turn to caliphs (Omar, Ali, Uthman, Hussain, Abu Bakr etc) or did they engage in “the secret act” as Muslims put it which is forbidden in Islam?

Who attended to their needs? Granted that Mohammad had died but he had taken away the rights of his wives to remarry and seek companionship, as a result, leaving them as a burden on the society to be looked after. According to the prophet “responsibility of looking after the family should be given to no one but the husband” then who took over this responsibility after Mohammad’s death? Was it not an injustice to women who spent many decades without a husband, companionship, no one to look after their financial needs and most importantly satisfy their sexual urges?

Not remarrying would have been a personal choice of the wives but did not have any right to decide their future after his death. This proves that Mohammad considered his wives to be his property as is apparent from the teachings of Quran. This is not even practical from rational point of view. What kind of message is it? That it is okay for husbands to decide the future of their wives without consent after they pass away.

The biggest problem with such an act is that it allows other Muslims to do the same. It certainly shows how Mohammad lacked common sense and thought nothing of the future sex life of his wives and not to mention the lack of companionship and intimacy they missed out on. They had no Naam and no teaching of Guru Sahib to elevate themselves above these worldly desires. So how were they satisfied? Does this not make Mohammad a neglectful man? It certainly does. It was perfectly fine for him to marry as many women as he wanted to satisfy his sexual desires but little did he know that women too have feelings and require companionship. Therefore, it proves beyond the doubt that Mohammad neglected his wives and took no constructive measures to look after them after his death.

The so-called revelation of the above said suras (33:37, 33:50, 33:53) have no impact in today’s life because there is no Mohammad, his adopted son and his wife and Mohammad’s widows. There are no more wives of Mohammad. Mohammad is not there to marry as many women as he can. These are the suras which do not have anything to guide the people of present time. Therefore, what message is being given to the people? Absolutely nothing.

Status and Treatment of Wife

Further investigation of Islamic teachings brings forth some disturbing and irrational laws which are degrading to women.Women are not only considered deficient in intelligence but also a property of men so much so that they must present themselves to men to satisfy their sexual needs, which is contrary to the Muslim claim that a woman must be sexually satisfied. The following verse from Quran is more than enough to show how husbands are ought to “honor” and treat their wives.

Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has given the one more (strength) than the other, and because they support them from their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient, and guard in (the husband's) absence what Allah would have them guard. As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them (first), (Next), refuse to share their beds, beat them; but if they return to obedience, seek not against them Means: For Allah is Most High, great (above you all). (Quran, 4:34)

The above sura gives men the right to beat their women. If Islam was all about equality women should have been granted the same right but Islamic marriage gives men superiority over women. This is fully supported by Muslim scholars.

"God established the superiority of men over women by the above verse (the Qur'an 4:34) which prevents the equating of men and women. For here man is above the woman due to his intellectual superiority and his ability to administer and spend on the woman." (Tuffaha, Ahmad Zaky, Al-Mar'ah wal- Islam, Dar al-Kitab al-Lubnani, Beirut, first edition, 1985, p.36)

Man's sexual needs are considered so urgent that it is better for food to burn in the oven than a man to burn in waiting for his wife to satisfy his desire. If she refuses, the angels of heaven will turn against her.

"The prophet of Allah said: When a man calls his wife to satisfy his desire, let her come to him though she is occupied at the oven." (Mishkat al-Masabih, English translation, Book I, Section 'Duties of husband and wife', Hadith No. 61)

"The messenger of Allah said: Whenever a man calls his wife to his bed and she refuses, and then he passes the night in an angry mood, the angels curse her till she gets up at dawn." (Ibid., Hadith No. 54)

Women are considered a sex toy in Islam.

"Your wives are as a tilth (a field to be ploughed) unto you, so approach your tilth when or how ye will." (2:223)

Omar [one of the Caliphs] was once talking when his wife interjected, so he said to her: 'You are a toy; if you are needed we will call you.' (Al-Musanaf Vol. 1 Part 2, p. 263)

Thus it leaves no doubt that the so-called claim of Islamic scholars about women’s “sex satisfaction” exists nowhere in Islam rather Islamic teachings are all about men’s sex satisfaction and women presenting themselves to fulfill the desires of their husbands to avoid the cursing of the angels.

Another contemporary scholar wrote:

"The marriage contract is designed by the legislator so that the husband may benefit from the sexual organ of the woman and the rest of her body for the purpose of pleasure. As such the husband owns by the marriage contract, this exclusive benefit." ('Abd ar-Rahman al-Gaziri, al-Fiqh 'ala al-Mazahib al-Arba'a, Dar al-Kutub al- 'Elmeyah, 1990, vol. 4, p. 7)

Any rational person can see how Islam degrades women and equates them to nothing more than a sexual object. On the other hand, Gurmat principles are far more superior and perfectly fit in the modern society. Women are given utmost respect and equal rights by Guru Sahib.

"We are born of woman, we are conceived in the womb of woman, and we are engaged and married to woman. We make friendship with woman and the lineage continued because of woman. When one woman dies, we take another one, we are bound with the world through woman. Why should we talk ill of her, who gives birth to kings? The woman is born from woman; there is none without her. Only the One True Lord is without woman" (Ang 473)

Guru Sahib put a high importance in marriage which is not merely a physical and legal contract but a holy union between two souls where physically they appear as two individual bodies but in fact are united as one. Guru Sahib taught that our married life should also be molded on the ideal laid down for our union with Waheguru. The bride and bridegroom then share their life, happiness and sorrow; from two individuals they become 'Ek Jot Doe Murti' meaning one spirit in two bodies.

They are not said to be husband and wife, who merely sit together. They alone are called husband and wife, who have one light in two bodies. ||3|| (Ang 788)

Unlike Islam, Gurmat teaches that both (husband and wife) are to live a married life, grow spiritually together and work towards achieving salvation. Sikhs are taught to live in their household but at the same time attach themselves to Waheguru. In other words, Sikhs are taught to live in the world but rise above it mentally and spiritually.

Night and day, sing the Kirtan, the Praises of the One Lord. In the midst of your household, remain balanced and unattached. (Ang 281)

Becoming householder, man resides in his innate nature (atman). (Vaar 16)

All the religious rights bestowed upon men are also given to women equally.

"Woman is one half the complete personality of man, and is entitled to share secular and spiritual knowledge equally." (Bhai Gurdas Ji, Var 5, Pauri 16:59)

Therefore, it is completely foolish to think that Sikhs let alone Guru Sahib would ever think about forsaking their families and “wonder in wilderness”. Guru Sahib led by example and served as an excellent role model for humanity. He followed the divine message first then taught Sikhs to live up to it. Following the same divine message Guru Sahib not only fulfilled the family needs but also undertook the divine mission that was bestowed upon him by Waheguru Himself. A false self-claimed prophet such as Mohammad accomplished nothing more than what an ordinary human does.

We don’t think Mohammad had a slightest bit of clue as to what marriage is all about. The so-called empty claim of Mohammad being a family man made by Muslims goes out the window when we see the reference from Hadith:

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "A woman is married for four things, i.e., her wealth, her family status, her beauty and her religion. So you should marry the religious woman (otherwise) you will be a losers. (Sahih Bukhari Volume 7, Book 62, Number 27)

Notice that the prophet never talked of love, companionship, sense of belonging and feelings between men and women.  The basis of his relationship is entirely physical. What kind of message did Mohammad leave for the world to follow? That it is okay to have multiple wives for sexual pleasure, marry an adolescent to whom you are of grandfather figure, and take captives as sex slaves.

Guru Sahib on the contrary, very well fulfilled His family’s worldly needs, and looked after them. Before going to journeys, he had made sure that they were well off financially and would not become a burden on anyone. After each journey he returned home to make sure his family was doing well and then set off to the next journey as commanded by Waheguru. Even after taking long journeys, He never abandoned His family. He settled and spent last 18 years of His life in Kartarpur with His wife and two sons where He established the first Sikh center and set a milestone of morality for the Sikhs to live by.

Reforming the Society

Guru Nanak Sahib rejected many of the backward practices and revived the womanhood and their rights as human beings. Equality, right to life and freedom were nowhere to be found in the prevalent Indian society until Guru Nanak Sahib. It is nearly impossible to list every accomplishment of Guru Sahib but we shall list few points that clearly distinguish Guru Sahib being far more superior to Mohammad.

Keeping slaves and their sexual exploitation were common practices during Mohammad’s time. It is absolutely shocking that Mohammad not only advocated but engaged himself in such practices.

Muhammad had many male and female slaves. He used to buy and sell them, but he purchased (more slaves) than he sold, especially after God empowered him by His message, as well as after his immigration from Mecca. (Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, Zad al-Ma'ad, Part I, p. 160)

It is astonishing that Mohammad himself took part in slave trade after he was “declared” the prophet. One then wonders whether he truly was a prophet who had come to save humanity, preach equality and show one true path to humans or further solidify the practice of slavery and rape in the name of religion by claiming it to be the “law of Allah”. How could such person be a role model let alone a prophet? Therefore, he was not a prophet for everyone but only for savage individuals who wanted to keep female slaves for sex exploitation.

He encouraged the rape of captured women in front of their husbands. Muslims need to explain why sex with slaves, as clearly mentioned in the following passage, is anything less than savage:

“Abu Sa'id al-Khudri said: The Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) sent a military expedition to Awtas on the occasion of the battle of Hunain. They met their enemy and fought with them.  They defeated them and took them captives.  Some of the Companions of the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) were reluctant to have intercourse with the female captives in the presence of their husbands who were unbelievers. So Allah, the Exalted, send down the Qur'anic verse: "And all married women (are forbidden) unto you save those (captives) whom your right hand possess." [Surah 4:24] ...Sunan Abu Dawud, Book V, Chapter 711, Number 2150”

You can have sexual intercourse with two slave girls at a time without ghusl (bath) but can’t do like this with free women. (Malik’s Muwatta 2.23.90)

These poor women who had been taken prisoner were authorized to be raped by Mohammad in FRONT of their still living HUSBANDS!  How is this just?  How is this even human?

Muhammad himself had a Coptic slave that was presented to him by the ruler of Alexandria in Egypt. When the delegate from Muhammad visited this Coptic head of Egypt (Muaqaqis) with an invitation for him to convert to Islam he politely refused to do so, but knowing the taste of Muhammad, he presented Muhammad with two beautiful slave-girls who were sisters.  Muhammad took for himself Mariya, the most beautiful one and gave her sister, Sirin, to his poet friend, Hassan ibn Thabit for him to enjoy her.  Please note that neither Muhammad nor Hasan b. Thabit married theseslave-girls.

The example of Saffiyah is also shocking.  This Jewish woman whose father had just been killed by the Muslims and husband had just been TORTURED to death was taken by Mohammad as his wife.  Would she have happily married him?  Could this have been a marriage free from fear and compulsion?  What kind of woman could see her husband tortured to death and then happily marry the torturer?

Enslaving the captives of war was further practiced by the followers of Islam. Many Caliphs kept sex slaves and Muslim invaders like Ahmad Shah Abdali, Babar, Nadir Shah and Tamur Shah invaded India, killed innocent people and enslaved thousands of women and children who were later either sold in the flesh market or kept as slaves and maids. Such practice is acknowledged by Muslim scholars.

"Islam does not prohibit slavery but retains it for two reasons. The first reason is war (whether it is a civil war or a foreign war in which the captive is either killed or enslaved) provided that the war is not between Muslims against each other - it is not acceptable to enslave the violators, or the offenders, if they are Muslims. Only non-Muslim captives may be enslaved or killed. The second reason is the sexual propagation of slaves which would generate more slaves for their owner." (You Ask and Islam Answers, Dr. 'Abdul-Latif Mushtahari, pp. 51-52).

The root of the beginning of slavery is prisoners of war; the bounties have become lawful to the nation of Muhammad." (Ibn Timiyya, Vol. 32, p. 89).

If Mohammad was “true messenger” and slavery is clearly wrong, he would have forbidden it outright. There were many things prevalent in the world but the job and duty of a messenger of God is to reveal the truth.  Slavery is wrong and must be stopped. But Mohammad allowed it which gives Masters permission to have sexual relations with them (which implies raping them). If something is wrong, it is wrong. Neither did Mohammad abolish slavery nor did he oppose rape of slave women by their masters.

It is clear that Mohammad made no attempt to free the slaves, uplift womanhood and provide them the freedom to live an independent life and achieve salvation. They always remained subordinate and subservient to free men.

Guru Nanak Sahib on the other hand condemned slavery which was being practiced in a form of caste system. Low caste people were subjected to humiliation and life of poverty. Guru Sahib rejected caste system, gave people equal rights and took many steps to reform their lives.

Pride in social status is empty; pride in personal glory is useless. The One Lord gives shade to all beings. (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 83)

Recognize the Lord's Light within all, and do not consider social class or status; there are no classes or castes in the world hereafter. ||1|| (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 349)

God does not ask about social class or birth; you must find your true home. That is your social class and that is your status - the karma of what you have done. (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 1330)

Further, Guru Sahib established ‘Langar’, a community kitchen, in which everyone was allowed to sit and eat food. No separate food was prepared for high caste Brahmins or the ‘momans’ (Muslims). Every person including women ate the same food and sat at an equal level. Even Akbar, king of India, was no exception to the rule. Guru Gobind Singh Ji, tenth Nanak, took a final blow at the caste system by introducing ‘Singh’ as a last name to males and ‘Kaur’ to females. This eliminated the caste of the person. Thus, shackles of slavery were broken.

Before the advent of Guru Nanak Sahib condition of women in India was deplorable. She was equated with a she-wolf or serpent and lived a wretched life of degradation. Only a revolutionary like Guru Nanak Sahib could raise a woman to a high pedestal, as early as the 15th century. He highly respected women, strongly spoke against their suppression and elevated them to the equal status. Guru Sahib condemned rape and brutalities committed against women by the Mughal invaders and preached equality and respect of womanhood. Guru Nanak Sahib felt the pain of suffering women who were helpless, defenseless and had no men to defend and protect them from the invaders.

Modesty and righteousness both have vanished and falsehood moves about as the leader, O Lalo. The function of the Qazis and the Brahmins is over and the Satan now reads the marriage rites (rape). The Muslim women read the Quran and in suffering call upon God, O Lalo. The Hindu women of high caste and others of low caste, may also be put in the same account, O Lalo. (Ang 722)

Guru Sahib rejected the old tradition of ‘Sati’ (burning of the widow) and advocated women’s right to life. He also allowed women to remarry after the death of their husbands. This was a great reform to the society and a complete break off from the cultural norms. It was the great influence of Guru Amar Das Ji, third Nanak, that Akbar passed a law abolishing ‘Sati’ practice.

They cannot be called satis, who burn themselves with their dead husbands. They can only be called satis, if they bear the shock of separation. They may also be known as satis, who live with character and contentment and always show veneration to their husbands by remembering them. (Ang 787)

To free women from dependency they were encouraged to join the congregation and participate in religious activities. They were appointed as missionaries and taught self-defense. They were armed and given the opportunity to join the Sikh army. Hence, defenseless women of India became brave warriors who could defend their honor and country from the Muslim invaders. Sikh woman has the right to be a granthi (one who conducts religious ceremonies), a preacher or a ragi (one who sings hymns from Guru (Granth Sahib). She can take Amrit and lead congregation but in Islam a woman cannot utter the call to prayer (Azan) or become an Imam (priest) in the mosque and she is not allowed to lead the holy congregation in prayer.

Guru Sahib’s teachings set a high moral standard for the Sikhs. Sikhs are directed to be sincere and faithful to their spouses and look at other women as if they were their mothers, sisters and daughters. It is obligatory for Sikhs to desist from adultery, illicit affairs with another woman and rape. Sikhs are not allowed to exercise proprietary rights over women captured in battle. It is on record that in a battle the Begum of the Governor of Bassi Pathan had fell into the hands of the Sikhs. Ajit Singh, the Guru's son himself escorted her back to the enemies' camp and so long as she stayed with the Sikhs, she was treated as a sister. Numerous Sikhs like Bhai Jassa Singh, Nawab Kapoor Singh and Sardar Baghel Singh freed thousands of women enslaved by Muslim invaders.

Guru Sahib saw slavery, rape and ‘sati’ as wrong practices and rejected them outright and took steps to reformation of the society. Mohammad on the other hand advocated and practiced evil practices of slavery and rape. He led a life of corrupt and immoral practices and encouraged his followers to do the same. Hence, it is clear that Guru Sahib is the true role model who cared for all, dedicated His life to lessen the sufferings and pains of those who lived the life of humiliation and freed them from the oppressive laws of Hinduism and Islam.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Mohammad who kept multiple wives, sex slaves, married first cousin (adopted son’s wife) and an adolescent to whom he was of grandfather figure is no role model for the humanity. No rational moral human being can or is allowed to do in today’s world what Mohammad did 1400 years ago. He was so busy in the worldly pleasures that he did nothing to spread the message of Allah that is if it was ever revealed to him. He stayed in his local area his entire life having no care about the rest of the world who did not know anything about the so-called “revealed message”. Some of his followers (Omar, Uthman, Hasan, Husain etc) kept more than four wives and married young girls. There is nothing for the humanity to follow from Mohammad’s life.

Guru Nanak Sahib, on the other hand, came to this earth with a mission. A mission to show the humanity a true path of peace and salvation for which He took long journeys and traveled in all directions. He is a true role model for the humanity who taught true way of life by giving up worldly desires and riches for the cause of truth and Himself lived up to it.

Truth is higher than everything; but higher still is truthful living. (Ang 62)

Guru Nanak Sahib’s followers, Sikhs, followed the same example and chose death rather than giving up truth and adopting false way of Islam. No one has ever and never will achieve salvation without becoming the disciple of Guru Nanak Sahib. Therefore, we appeal to the Muslims to give up backward old aged teaching of Islam and adopt true way of life set forth by Guru Nanak Sahib, which brings peace and salvation.

Let no one wander in doubt in the world. Without the Guru, no one can cross over. (Ang 864)