In a heart-warming incident, 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. The video of the incident has gone viral on social media. While the people acted as mute spectator when the dog was drowning, 28-year-old Sarwan Singh did not waste time in taking off his turban and used it to rescue the animal.

Sarwan Singh was driving past an irrigation canal in Punjab when he spotted a group of onlookers looking at the stricken animal who was droning. Since Sarwan did not know how to swim, he took off his turban and rescued the drowning dog. In the video, the brave man is seen climbing down the the banks of a canal with the help of his turban. He later dragged the animal out. (ALSO READ: Sikh comedian forced to remove turban at US airport)

“The moment I started taking off my turban, people watching around 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. 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.

Watch the soul-stirring video below: