In fourteenth century, India was ruled by muslim kings who would kill if anyone refuses to accept Islamic faith. Kabeer Ji was a true devotee of God and would eternally recite His name and mediate on God. Kabeer Ji would only worship God and none else. Kabeer Ji considered himself neither a Muslim, nor a Hindu.
Kabeer Ji says, “I do not make pilgrimages to Mecca, nor do I worship at Hindu sacred shrines. I serve the One Lord, and not any other. I do not perform Hindu worship, nor do I practice the Muslim prayers. I have taken the One Formless Lord into my heart; I humbly worship Him there” (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 1136).
Kabeer Ji was a taylor by profession. “Abandoning weaving, Kabeer meditated on God with love. From a weaver belonging to a low caste family, he became an ocean of excellence” (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 487). The king came to know about Kabeer Ji and asked him to accept Islam but Kabeer Ji refused. King ordered his soldiers to tie Kabeer Ji in chains and drown him in river Ganges. The king’s soldiers brought Kabeer near the bank of the river Ganges. There was no one with Kabeer Ji, no friend, no family but God.
Kabeer Ji says, “The river Ganges is deep and profound. Kabeer, tied up in chains, was standing there. My mind will not shake; why should my body be afraid? My mind remained immersed with God” (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 1162). The king’s soldiers threw Kabeer Ji’s body tied up with chains in the river Ganges. Kabeer Ji describes this situation as follow, “The waves of Ganges broke my chains and Kabeer was seated on a deer skin. Kabeer says, I have no friend or companion. The Lord is my Savior on both water and land” (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 1162). God raised Kabeer Ji from water to protect His devotee. The chain broke as Kabeer’s body touched the water of Ganges river. Kabeer Ji was raised from the water sitting on the deer skin floating on the surface of the river. The king was amazed by looking at Kabeer Ji rising from water. The king was embarrassed and begged Kabeer Ji for an apology.