Sarwan Singh is an Indian Sikh who, like virtually all Sikhs, always wears his turban in public — its a requirement of his faith. But when Singh happened upon a drowning dog, and realized that if he unfurled his turban, he might be able to loop it around the animal and save it, he didn’t hesitate.
[A] brave Sikh man set aside his religious compulsion and saved a dog from drowning in a canal. The Sikh man removed his turban and used it in order to rescue a drowning dog in Punjab. …
Sarwan Singh was driving past an irrigation canal in Punjab when he spotted a group of onlookers looking at the stricken animal who was drowning. Since Sarwan did not know how to swim, he took off his turban and rescued the drowning dog. …Wearing a turban is one of the five articles of faith in Sikhism. It is a doctrine of Sikhism that one can only remove his turban at home or while bathing.
While Singh gets the credit in the stories I’ve seen, if you watch the video, another samaritan also seems to have taken off his turban, for Singh to hold onto and avoid slipping into the water himself. That makes the story twice as cool.
Good things can happen when you ditch “religious compulsion.”
Of course, not everybody thinks so.
“The moment I started taking off my turban, people watching around [me] were shocked. They thought I was disrespecting my faith. But what was important at that point was to save the animal’s life,” Sarwan Singh was quoted as saying.
The cost of a turban: $10.
Drying water-logged socks: free.
Thinking for yourself instead of being a religious automaton: priceless.