I submit the following in blunt fashion but not out of total ignorance. I want to be corrected if I state something wrong as for me these are nagging questions perhaps in many Sikhs minds. Before partition in 1947, Sikhs and Muslims lived very well together in Punjab. Culturally they were so close to each other. However things seem to be keep getting worse by evil design or other things that I don’t know enough about. So please bear with me and help or comment if you can. It may clarify mis-conceptions if these exist or raise awareness for interfaith dialog for the better. I rather live with bitter truth(s) than bliss of ignorance. Rest of the post as clearly as I know how in generally layman’s language. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Arabic word Kaffir (literally the one who "covers", usually translated as "disbeliever" ) is the Muslim term commonly translated into English as infidel. Kaffir and Infidels , in the Islamic doctrinal sense, the term refers to a person who does not recognize the one God Allah(1) Sikhs believe in Allah but different understanding however it is one God! atheists, e.g. Buddhists, communists, declared atheist societies like China polytheists, e.g. Hindus The following moved from Good to bad category based on later revelations of Muhammad religions such as Christianity, Judaism - who are seen as "People of the Book (Ahl-e-kitab)" Not Kaffir and Infidels Muslims Allah (1) Islam You only get to Allah after death Allah punishes and reward Allah only possible through Muhammad Hell for being bad Hell for not taking the Muhammad directed path Hell for not following the Quran Allah only possible through Muhammad Heaven for following Muhammad’s directions Heaven for following the Quran Rewards in heaven for dealing with Kafirs and Infidels Sikhism Sikhism helps you discover God everywhere and in everything Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji provides nourishment for discovery of God No directions from a God’s messenger No promise of hell or heaven Generally, you sow, so shall you reap All good and bad acts are in consonant with God Kaffir, like infidel, has also come to be regarded as offensive, If in the name of Islam, Taliban have beheaded a Sikh where is the ground swell of indignation against it It is not good enough some scholar(s) to say it is wrong Where are rest of the muslims that cannot find and dispose such people to Allah’s wrath and hell What is there to say that there was a full village of Sikhs in Afghanistan that Taliban would not either convert or kill all of the men, women and children In the name of Islam, Sikhs arrested and charged with offenses in the Middle East and Arab World, get different justice meted out versus Muslims with same offense Paranoia does not guide this but the sugar coated speeches or explanations are not acceptable Community and spiritual silence in such situations is deafening Why isn’t there a guidance coming from Islam Holy places like Mecca in this regard Is there tacit approval or one life does not count in Islam! I know in any community not everyone is either the same good/bad but it will be great if some insights are provided. Thank you.