Meet the Sikh shopkeeper who offered discount to Muslim customers in Ramzan

Setting a unique precedent of inter-faith harmony, Sikh grocer in Jamrud Bazaar of district Khyber offered products at a lower price for Muslim customers.

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While the prices are increased by the Muslim sellers in the holy month of Ramzan who took this opportunity to squeeze customer the most, this Sikh shopkeeper put forth a new example of interfaith harmony.

Throughout the Holy month of Ramzan, Gurmeet Singh, who runs a grocery store at the main Jamrud Bazaar of district Khyber offered special discounts to Muslim customers. His father Nirinjin Singh firstly came up with the idea of subsidising the prices of daily commodities that are in high demand during Ramzan.

His grocery store sells rice, flour, cereals, ghee and beverages and offers a 10 to 30 per cent discount to Muslim customers. His family has been running the grocery business for four decades now.

Khalsa Herdial Singh grocery store stands apart during Ramzan. While the customers’ complaint of high prices during this month specifically, this gesture by a Sikh shopkeeper is heartwarming and beautiful.

Gurmeet completed this matriculation from Peshawar’s infamous Edward’s college before indulging in the family business.

“My grandfather established this store over four decades ago,” said Gurmeet Singh.

He had to give up his education and abandoned his schooling to assist his father with the business. Ever since then, with keeping up with the family business, he is keeping up with the tradition of easing life for others.


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Customers at Gurmeet Singh’s shop
Courtesy: DAWN

 

To show his appreciation, the deputy commissioner also paid a visit to Gurmeet’s shop, and awarded a cash prize and a certificate to Nirinjin Singh, as Dawn reports. A special ceremony in Peshawar will also honour his contributions to the community.

During a talk with the said media source, Nirinjin Singh said that during the month of Ramzan, this gesture is meant to show solidarity with their Muslim brothers. He said that most poor cannot afford the skyrocketing prices and this relief will help ease their lives.

“We feel great spiritual satisfaction in extending this humble relief to our Muslim brothers because it boosts our ties and enhances interfaith harmony. I would advise my Muslim brothers to avoid hoarding and provide relief to their bothers in the month of Ramzan,” said Gurmeet Singh. 

He said that because poor people whom they are helping prayed for them, they also earned a high profit in the month of Ramzan compared to other grocery stores.

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