Muslims not allowed inside the sanctorum sanctuary of Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara

AMRITSAR: The Gurdwaras are open to people of all religions without prejudice, but Muslims are not allowed to enter Pakistan, even when they have to pay and enter the sanctuary complex.

The sanctum sanctorum is located on the first floor of the gurdwara building where Guru Granth Sahib has been maintained.

Previously, many Muslim followers of Baba Nanak, such as Guru Nanak Dev is popularly known in Pakistan, used to visit his mazar in Kartarpur Sahib to pay tribute, but the Pakistani government began charging a fee of Rs 200 to Muslims to enter the gurdwara .

The mazar is located outside the gurdwara building. When Nanak passed away, there was disagreement about his cremation between Hindu and Muslim followers, after which a samadh was built by Hindus and a mazar by Muslims.

The president of the Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee of Pakistan, Satwant Singh, told TOI by telephone from Nankana Sahib on Wednesday that the instructions were issued for fear of rape of maryada (Sikh religious code of conduct). A large number of Muslims do not know Sikh rehat maryada, including taking off their socks, washing their hands and covering their heads, among others, while entering a gurdwara, said Satwant, adding that many liked to take selfies in the sanctum sanctorum, a violation of maryada.

However, he said, there was no general ban on the entry of Muslims into the sanctum sanctorum. But they should be accompanied by a Sikh, caregiver of Gurdwara or granthi, who take them into the sacred place, he added.

He reasoned that 5,000-6,000 daily visited the gurdwara. If a large number of locals were allowed into the sanctum sanctorum, it would create problems for pilgrims since the staircase to the first floor is narrow, he said.

He also confirmed that Rs 200 was charged only with Muslim devotees. But PSGPC has written a letter to the government, urging it to give up the Rs 200 of Muslim devotees, he said.