As many who will be interested in this title will know, the Guru Granth Sahib is the Sikh holy book, believed to be the inspired Word of God and treated by Sikhs with the courtesy normally shown to a living religious teacher (guru). However, because the Guru Granth Sahib is a long book written in Gurmukhi script (the written form of Punjabi) it is common for Sikhs themselves not to understand its meaning, let alone non-Sikh westerners. Although there have been some translations of the Guru Granth Sahib, this translation of key passages is particularly user-friendly. For example, along with a useful index and a select bibliography of the principal studies of Sikhism in English, the passages are helpfully arranged under the following theological headings: Origins of the Granth; the Concept of God; the Nature of the World; Karma and Transmigration; the Concept of Sin; Salvation; Guruship; Prayers in the Granth; Hinduism in the Granth; Muslim and Sufi Influence on the Gurus. Moreover, each section begins with a concise, reliable introduction. This makes the book particularly useful for those involved in teaching and dialogue.
As to the author, few people are as well qualified as Hakim Singh Rahi to produce a work such as this. Born in the Punjab, currently living in Birmingham (UK), Hakim Singh Rahi is a well-known Urdu poet who has produced books and poetry in several languages, including a novel in Hindi. Indeed, in 1989 he was awarded the Aizazi Award of the West Bengal Urdu Academy.
Who might be interested in this volume? If you want to understand what Sikhs believe, or if you teach Sikhism in a school or college, this book will prove to be an invaluable resource. Certainly there can be few better introductions to it than Revd. Rahi's book. I warmly commend it.