In light of the mass shooting over the weekend in Wisconsin, people are questioning what is a Sikh? Here’s a breakdown of Sikhism from The Christian Post. And, while we learn, let’s pray for the victims of yet another senseless crime. ~Randi
Sikh Temple Shooting: What Is a Sikh?
The mass shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin on Sunday brought attention to a little known and understood faith in the United States – Sikhism. To find out more, The Christian Post spoke Monday with Amardeep Singh, programs director for The Sikh Coalition.
The Sikh Coalition was formed after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011, to provide legal aid and advocacy for Sikh victims of discrimination and violence. Though Sikhs are not Islamic, the faith professed by the terrorists, they became victims of discrimination and violence after those attacks. Police have not identified a motive for Sunday’s shooting that left six dead but the gunman, Wade Michael Page, was reportedly in a white supremacist heavy metal band.
Singh spoke about Sikhism, the tragedy and what he wishes Americans better understood about his faith.
The following is an edited transcript of that conversation.
CP: What do Sikhs believe?
Singh: There are three principle tenets that a Sikh lives their life by. The first is to work hard and honestly; the idea is that working hard and honestly is honoring to the Creator. A second principle by which we live our lives is to share our bounty with those in our community who are in need. And the third principle is to remember God in everything we are doing. So even as I talk to you this morning, in the back of my mind I am remembering God.