The birthday of Guru Nanak (or, as some Muslims prefer to call him, Pir Nanak Shah) will be celebrated in a few days (on Monday) and so I would like to wish a blessed Guru Nanak Jayanti to all Sikh believers and to everyone else.
Celebrated Sufi Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan once sang these lines based on a poem written by Guru Nanak himself.
Listen, reflect and enjoy.
Some call the Lord ‘Ram, Ram’, and some ‘Khuda’.
Some serve Him as ‘Gusain’, others as ‘Allah’.
In any case, He is the Cause of causes, and Generous.
He showers His Grace and Mercy upon us.
Some pilgrims bathe at sacred shrines, others go on Hajj to Mecca.
Some do devotional worship, whilst others bow their heads in prayer.
Some read the Vedas, and some the Koran.
Some wear blue robes, and some wear white.
Some call themselves Turk, and some call themselves Indian.
Some yearn for paradise, and others long for heaven.
Says Nanak, one who realizes the true command of God’s Will,
knows the secrets of his Lord Master.