Every year on March 25th, Sikhs around the world remember the sacrifice of two brave souls, Bhai Subeg Singh and Shahbaz Singh, who were martyred on this day in 1745. The story of their martyrdom is a powerful reminder of the strength of faith and the courage of those who stand up for their beliefs, even in the face of persecution and violence.
Bhai Subeg Singh was a prominent zamindar of Jambar and a trusted contractor for the government. His son, Shahbaz Singh, was a bright young man who studied in a Muslim school. Despite living in a time of religious conflict, both Bhai Subeg Singh and Shahbaz Singh remained steadfast in their Sikh faith and beliefs.
Their fate was sealed when Shahbaz Singh defended Sikhism in school and criticized the forced conversion of individuals belonging to other religions. His words were reported to the Qazi, who gave him an ultimatum: convert to Islam or face death. Shahbaz Singh refused to abandon his faith and was subsequently arrested and sent to Lahore for trial.
Bhai Subeg Singh, who had always been loyal to the government and had even negotiated a peace agreement between the Sikhs and the Governor of Punjab, Zakariya Khan, tried to plead for his son's release. But his requests fell on deaf ears, and both father and son were sentenced to death by crushing on the wheels.
The day of their execution arrived, and Bhai Subeg Singh and Shahbaz Singh were taken to Nakhas, where they were publicly tortured. Despite the excruciating pain, they remained resolute in their faith, shouting "Akal! Akal! Akal!" repeatedly. Even when Shahbaz Singh's voice grew faint, his father urged him to repeat the words, and he regained his strength and continued to shout.
Their bravery and defiance in the face of torture inspired awe and admiration in all who witnessed their martyrdom. Their sacrifice became a symbol of the struggle for religious freedom and equality, and their legacy continues to inspire and motivate generations of Sikhs.
As we remember the martyrdom day of Bhai Subeg Singh and Shahbaz Singh, let us reflect on their courage and sacrifice, and renew our commitment to upholding the principles of justice, equality, and religious freedom. Let us also take inspiration from their example and strive to live our lives with the same unwavering faith and steadfast commitment to our beliefs.
It is heartbreaking to imagine the pain and suffering they endured at the hands of those who sought to suppress their beliefs. But their legacy lives on as an inspiration to all those who seek to stand up for justice and defend their faith.
The story of Bhai Subeg Singh Ji and Bhai Shahbaz Singh Ji reminds us of the importance of religious freedom and the need to respect the beliefs of others, even if we may not agree with them. Their sacrifice also highlights the ongoing struggle for human rights and equality, which remains a critical issue in our world today.
We must continue to remember and honor the sacrifice of those who have fought for justice and freedom, and work towards creating a world where every individual is able to live according to their beliefs and values without fear of persecution or discrimination.