Maharaja Ranjit Singh ਮਹਾਰਾਜਾ ਰਣਜੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ
Once asked by his young Muslim wife, "Where was your highness when God Almighty was distributing beauty amongst the humans?" Ranjit Singh simply replied, "I was out looking for a kingdom." And a kingdom he did indeed find in the fairy land of the Punjab and beyond it. The empire was to extend on the one hand from the far flung Khyber Pass to the banks of the Sutlej, and from Tibet to the deserts of Sind on the other. To him goes the credit of giving the sense of quam, the belonging and the welding of a community into the Punjabiat which is a matter of pride today.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh was so compassionate that outside a battle he did not kill anyone, so much so that in generosity he even forgave those who tried to kill him and felt happiness in forgiving."
History stands testimony that, Maharaja received lashes on his back in open view of the Sangat when the punishment was awarded to him by the Akal Takhat.