Members of the Sikh community objected to the offering of namaz by Muslims at the Gurdwara Singh Sabha in Gurugram in Haryana. Earlier, certain reports had claimed that the internal committee of the gurdwara had opened its doors to the Muslim community.
As per reports, several Sikhs were opposed to the idea of the Gurdwara management to allow Muslims to offer Jumma Nama within the premises of the sacred shrine. While speaking about the incident, a local named Jowahar Singh stated, “They cannot offer namaz in the gurdwara. Shri Guru Granth Sahibji doesn’t permit it. The prabandhak (management) committee allowed them to offer namaz but we are not in favour of it.”
Another local resident named Gurucharan Singh further clarified, “People from all religions are welcome but there can only be Gurbani in a gurdwara and nothing else. The property of a gurdwara cannot be used for any purpose which goes against the ‘Maryada (customs) of Shri Guru Granth Sahibji.”
In its defence, gurdwara committee spokesperson Daya Singh clarified that only Sikh rituals are allowed within the sanctum sanctorum of the gurdwara.
A Hindu rights group, Sanyukta Hindu Sangharsh Samiti (SHSS) also reached the gurdwara where Muslims were supposed to offer Namaz. They distributed books titled “Guru Tegh Bahadur-Hind ki Chadar”.
Gurugram administration had earlier denied permission to offer namaz at 8 of the 37 public grounds to offer Jumma Namaz after local residents had objected to it.