Source: Muslim Sunrise, winter 2015 volume
Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times
It was meant to be the happiest day of their lives – a celebration of modern multicultural Britain at the biggest Sikh Gurdwara (temple) in the Western world. On 7 August 2015, in West London, a British Sikh bride and her Polish Christian groom sat together and absorbed the religious blessings at their wedding ceremony. She wore a cream and red dress, while he wore a red turban, in keeping with Sikh traditions.
However, that morning, 20 uninvited men were determined to put a stop to the wedding. They stormed upstairs to the main hall and demanded that the priests end the ceremony, hurling insults at people who objected. One of them told a priest that, if their demands weren’t met, he would get 1,000 of his friends to come to the temple within the hour. The police were called and eventually the couple was forced to proceed into a hurried ceremony, while the protesters watched and took pictures of them to publish online.
This was not an isolated incident. The next weekend an interfaith wedding in Lozells, Birmingham, nearly turned into a mass brawl after protesters tried to stop it and, again, the police had to be called. The following weekend, another wedding in Coventry only managed to go ahead after some negotiations with the disrupters.
Read further online in a PDF file starting on page 21: 2015 winter volume of Muslim Sunrise