I visited the Gurudwara in Fatehgarh which is constructed around the partially constructed walls of the tomb which was being built in 1705 to bury alive the two young sons of Guru Gobind Singh.
In the early 1700s the Sikh warriors of Guru Gobind Singh were in battle with the Moghul forces of Nawab Wazir Khan. The Sikh forces were determined to push the Moghuls out of India and fierce battles lasting months were fought. The Gurus mother, along with her youngest grandsons, escaped the battle area on foot and were given refuge by a man that turned against them and reported them to police. The two sons were taken before the Muslim court and were asked to convert to Islam, but refused. Repeatedly they refused to give up their faith and the court, convinced that they would grow up and rebel against the state, charged them with “seditious activities against the Muslim state”. The sentence, straight from the Quran, was to be bricked up alive. The sentence was ordered to be carried out and the bricking began. Many times during the process the 6 and 8 yr old were given chances to convert and save their lives, but steadfastly stood by their father and their Sikh faith. When the bricking was almost done both boys fell unconscious and were removed from the tomb and beheaded. At that very moment their grandmother, being held in a separate location, also took her last breath. Someone eventually came forward and offering the court considerable gold coins, claimed the bodies, and honorably cremated them.
There is no parallel to the martyrdom of such young boys in the annals of human history. Sahibzada Fateh Singh was less than six years old (born 1699) and Sahibzada Zorawar Singh was just over eight (born in 1696). They laid down their lives in December 1705.