Sikhs in US to clear misunderstandings about their religion


Concerned over more than 200 hate crimes being reported against their community in the wake of the Sept 11 strikes, US-based

Sikh children were being victimised by their peers leading to tremendous psychological stress, they alleged.

A national event – ‘Sharing Your Faith with Your Neighbours’ – will be held on Nov 10 in association with more than 100 Sikh Gurdwaras in the US and it will coincide with the birth-anniversary of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, which is being celebrated from Nov 16-19, they said.

The objective of this event will be to make Americans aware about contributions of Sikhs to the US, they said.

It will also educate non-Sikhs about the Sikh religion and its traditions, including singing and reading of hymns from the Sikh scriptures besides narrating historical passages pertaining to Sikhs, they added.

The specially designed programme will also involve non-Sikhs mingling with their Sikh neighbours and friends and partaking Langar (a community vegetarian meal), they added.

“We have drawn upon the experience of the other faith communities in America that have a long tradition of inviting their neighbours to observe their services and participate in meals to create an awareness about themselves,” Sher Singh, SCORE’s Community Relations Director, said.

“We hope to bring our message to as many people as possible. In addition to other faith communities, we will be inviting elected officials, members of civic groups and police and other law enforcement and support agencies,” Rajwant Singh, Chairman of SCORE, said.

“We believe it would strengthen the hands of the police in dealing with future hate crimes if they had greater knowledge of Sikh beliefs and practices,” he added.

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