Sakhi Bhai Mani Singh ji
Mani Singh was the Head Granthi of Sri Darbaar Sahib, Amritsar. Mata Jeeto
Ji (short for Ajeet Kaur, also known as Mata Sundri Ji), the wife of Guru
Gobind Singh Ji requested Bhai Mani Singh to sort out the disputes amongst
the different Sikh groups, which had formed, and unite the Sikh nation as
one. Bhai Mani Singh Ji planned to use Bandi Chhor Divas, Diwali, as an
opportunity to unite the Khalsa together at Sri Harimandar Sahib.
was sought from the Mughal authorities to allow the big gathering on Diwali.
The Governor of Panjab, Zakhriya Khan accepted the plea in return of 5000
gold coins worth of tax. Bhai Mani Singh Ji accepted and sent letters out to
the Sikhs across Panjab that all Sikhs will unite on Diwali day at Amritsar.
the Mughals were cunning and they planned to attack the Sikhs and kill all
the young Sikh men when they gathered at Amritsar. With the blessings of
Waheguru, an informant informed Bhai Mani Singh of the Mughal plans. Bhai
Mani Singh Ji was angered at the betrayal of Zakhriya Khan. He resent
letters out to the Sikhs across Panjab, telling them not to come to Amritsar
on Diwali and that the gathering of the all the Khalsa has been cancelled.
Mani Singh Ji refused to pay the tax for Sikh gathering at Amritsar, which
was supposed take place on Diwali day but was cancelled. On refusing to pay
the 5000 gold coins worth of tax, Bhai Mani Singh Ji was arrested by the
Mughal police force and brought to Lahore to the court of Zakhriya Khan.
Bhai Mani Singh Ji greeted Zakhriya Khan with Guru Gobind Sing Ji's
salutation, "Waheguru Jee Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Jee Ki Fateh (the Khalsa is
Waheguru's, the victory is Waheguru's).
Zakhriya Khan became enraged and said, "Oh Mani Singh, open your eyes and
see, you are that this moment not walking in the parkarmaa of Harimandar,
where you shout these slogans! You are now in Lahore, in Zakhriya Khan's
court, where the air says, "Allah is great, Allah is great", where do you
get the nerve to say your Sikh slogans? Bhai Mani Singh said with might and
power, "you haven't met a fox today, you have today met a lion of Guru
Gobind Singh Ji!"
Khan contained his anger and said, "Oh old man, you are no longer young. If
you convert into my religion, then I will convert the remainder of your life
into happiness and pleasure. I will give you many wives, I will give you
land and will give you a throne to sit on. Oh Mani Singh, what is the
difference, before you read Gurbaani and now can you read the Qur'an.
you used to say 'Waheguru', now you can say 'Allah is Great'. What is the
difference in this ?" Bhai Mani Singh, who was an educated Sikh, said, "Oh
Zakhriya Khan, remember, we have no anger or hatred with your religion. Our
O faithless dog, this is not a good way of life. You
never come to the Mosque for your five daily prayers Shri
Guru Granth Sahib ji, Ang. 1381First,
Allah created the Light; then, by His Creative Power, He
made all mortal beings. From
the One Light, the entire universe welled up. So who
is good, and who is bad ?
Shri Guru Granth Sahib ji, Ang. 1349
Zakhriya Khan, remember, living our life as a Sikh is our good fortune and
by gods grace we will breath our last breaths as Sikhs. You cannot force me
to leave Sikhi" said Bhai Mani Singh Ji. Zakhriya Khan replied to Bhai Mani
Singh Ji, "Your talk is very big Mani Singh. Remember, I will give you that
type of torture; I will decree that type of fatwaa, legal decree, that you
will shake and tremble.
a smile one his face, Bhai Mani Singh Ji answered back, "The land can shake,
the sky can tremble, but a Sikh of Guru Nanak Ji cannot tremble or shake.
Sikhi is that religion, whose fifth Guru, Guru Arjan Dev Ji sat on a hot
plate and faced tortures. It is that religion, that in order to uphold
righteousness, countless preferred to give their lives but not their Dharma
and didn't bow in front of the tyrants. Remember Zakhriya, I will die for my
religion, but will not do what you say."
next day, Zakhriya Khan called the Qazi. "Oh Qazi, from your book of Shari'a
Law, I want you declare a fatwaa (legal judgement), such a fatwaa that the
whole earth and sky will tremble," said Zakhriya Khan. The Qazi opened the
Book of Shari'a and announced the fatwaa:
"May this Kaafir (Infidel) be cut piece by piece, limb by limb."
the executioner sharpened his blade, Bhai Mani Singh Ji sharpened his mind
with Naam. He recited Japji sahib and on finishing reciting Gurbaani he
roared a loud jaikaara, "Boley so nihaal! Sat sri Akaal!" With a glowing
face with the power of Naam and Gurbaani, Bhai Mani Singh Ji shouted to the
executioner, "Come on executioner, now me and you will talk." A wooden block
was brought forward. Bhai Mani Singh came forward saying "Satnaam Waheguru"
he put forward his right hand on the wooden block.
executioner makes his mark on Bhai Mani Singh's fingers. Bhai Mani Singh Ji
pulls away his hand. "Mani Singh, you got scared! Before you were talking so
much, yet this is the first cut. You couldn't even handle the first cut, yet
we are going to cut you limb by limb, your whole body," said Zakhriya Khan.
Mani Singh Ji replied back, "Oh executioner, what were your orders? You were
ordered to cut me piece by piece. You have left all my fingers. Zakhriya
Khan, ensure your servant doesn't disrespect your orders and I will not
disrespect my Father, Guru Gobind Singh Ji Paatshaah's orders. Piece by
piece, Bhai Mani Singh Ji's body was cut to bits. Bhai Mani Singh Ji only
recited Gurbaani, and it was what he had lived and breathed…
be cut apart, piece by piece, but he never leaves the field of battle'
Shri Guru Granth Sahib ji, Ang 1105
'Satnaam Waheguru' Bhai Mani Singh Ji's fingers, wrist, elbows, shoulder,
toes and knees were all chopped on the wooden block. There was a pool of
blood. The body lay severed into pieces. No arms, no legs.
If my head goes then so be it, but
may I never give up my Sikh faith."
salute Bhai Mani Singh Ji.