Sikh Man’s Act of Unity: Serving Iftar Langar in Lahore Amidst Security Concerns

by Parminder Singh Sodhi

In a heartwarming display of unity and compassion, Sardar Jitendar Singh, a pharmacist and herbal practitioner, has defied security concerns to serve Iftar langar in Lahore, Pakistan. Singh, along with his family, was compelled to leave Peshawar due to security threats approximately a year ago. Despite facing adversity, his gesture of solidarity during the fasting month of Ramadan is a testament to the resilience and generosity of the Sikh community.

Sikhs, constituting a mere 1.7% of Pakistan’s population, have a storied history within the region. In 1947, they comprised a substantial 23% of the populace, but their numbers have dwindled over the decades due to persecution of minorities by Pakistan. Today, most Sikhs in Pakistan reside in the province of Punjab, with smaller communities scattered throughout the country, including Peshawar in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

Singh’s decision to organize an Iftar langar for Muslims highlights the inclusive spirit of Sikhs that transcends religious boundaries. Despite the challenges faced by minority communities in Pakistan, acts of compassion like this serve as reminders of the shared humanity that unites us all.

The Iftar langar, a communal meal to break the fast during Ramadan, holds significant cultural and religious importance for Muslims. By extending this tradition to the local community, Singh not only fosters interfaith harmony but also showcases the essence of selflessness and communal support.

In a world often marked by division and strife, Singh’s initiative stands as a beacon of hope and unity. It exemplifies the power of individuals to bridge gaps and foster understanding in the face of adversity. His commitment to serving others, despite the risks involved, is a testament to the enduring values of compassion and solidarity.

Parminder Singh Sodhi

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