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Shaheed Bhai Sati Das After trying a failing to brake down Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji, the Qazi ordered the executioner to bring Sati Das, another follower of the Guru. Bhai Sati Das was the brother of Bhai Mati Das and son of Bhai Piraga. When Sati Das was brought there, the Qazi asked him to either embrace Islam or face death by burning in fire. Sati Das, who was calm, composed, and unaffected by the Qazi's threat, said, "My Guru has taught me to respect everyone's right to freedom of faith. To coerce anyone to renounce one's faith and convert to another faith is against human dignity. All human beings are equal and free to choose their way of worship and live by the doctrine of their religion. I believe that there is but One God, the sole Supreme Being, and all of us whether Hindu, Muslim, or Sikh by re-ligion are the children of the same God. To claim that one's own religion is the only true religion is irra-tional and fanatic. Because you do not believe in the brother-hood of mankind, or in man's freedom of faith and worship, and have no tolerance for others' religion, I am not going to submit to your will and renounce my faith. I would rather die with dignity as a Sikh of my beloved Guru than to live in shame by converting." Hearing this sermon from Sati Das, the Chief Qazi felt uneasy and restless. Going mad with anger, he ordered the execution of Bhai Sati Das. The executioner wrapped Bhai Sati Das with cot-ton and set him on fire. But Bhai Sati Das, a devout disciple of the Guru, remained wholly calm and peaceful, and kept on uttering Waheguru, waheguru-, waheguru-, waheguru, Waheguru. His body was consumed by fire but his immortal soul remained in peaceful joy. His martyrdom is remembered by the Sikhs in their daily prayers.
Aman Singh, Jun 29, 2008