Bhai Sahib, Professor Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia OBE KSG
Founder and Life president
Bhai Sahib, Professor Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia OBE KSG, is third in line of Sikh spiritual leaders of Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ). Bhai Sahib holds two Honorary Doctorates for service to religious faith propagation, community service, education and research. He holds nine Chairmanships, and an equal number of Trusteeships; four Directorships; and three Patronships of different Organisations.
In the intra-faith context, Bhai Sahib is the Chairman of the British Sikh Consultative Forum for the past nine years (representing over 80 Gurudwaras and other Sikh organisations). He has had the privilege of conserving many historical places of worship / sacred shrines in Kenya and India. He is the first British Sikh to be awarded the title of ‘Bhai Sahib’ by the Jathedars of the five Takhats, jointly with the President of the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee.
Strongly guided by his Sikh Dharam principles, he actively engages in interfaith / inter-religious collaboration for international peace and harmony locally, nationally and internationally up to UN level. He is a coalition member for the proposed UN Decade for Interreligious, Inter-cultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation for peace, and is a member of some ten interfaith organisations. Internationally, Bhai Sahib is a recognised ‘Interfaith Visionary’, holding the Juliet Hollister Award from the Temple of Understanding whose past awardees have included His Holiness the Dalia Lama and Nelson Mandela.
For his services to religious faith propagation, community service, education and research, Bhai Sahib was awarded a PhD Honoris Causia from the University of Central England in 2002, and another Honorary Doctorate in 2006 from the University of Birmingham. In April 2012, Bhai Sahib became the first Sikh to receive a Papal Knighthood of St Gregory the Great in recognition of his dedicated work for Roman Catholic – Sikh relations and for his enthusiastic commitment to working for peace among people of all faiths.
Bhai Sahib serves Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha as its Chairman since the last 16 years. It is a registered religious charitable organisation with Headquarters in Birmingham. It has sister organisations in Leeds and London. GNNSJ is a local organisation with a global heart – it also has branches in India and Kenya. The Organisation’s motto is selfless service. It has five centres for excellence in Handsworth, an inner-city depressed area of Birmingham. Its subsidiary, the Nishkam Civic Association, was last year presented with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for outstanding voluntary services to the community.