My beloved sangat, my beloved community, we have journeyed far as a people in the last five hundred and forty-four years. Our remarkable journey is intertwined with the story of America. We have come a long way in the last one hundred years, but we have much farther to go. President Obama always said change would not come from Washington. It would come from the people.
While the other festivals have been celebrated throughout the Hindu diaspora, the malleability of the Diwali narrative and its pan-Indian nature has made it syncretistic.
There are thousands of names and attributes for God because of the many languages, cultures, and religions.
It is ironic that Sikhs, as one of the most visible people of faith, are invisible to the majority of people. While public education may be the solution, our education system bears a large share of the blame.
How is it that 49 percent of Americans believe "Sikh" is a sect of Islam when it is in fact its own independent religion? And how is it that 79 percent of Americans cannot identify India as the geographic origin of the Sikh faith?
We, as families and communities, and as a nation, have much work to do. As Singh's instincts and heart have told him, the answer is not about just punishing these kids or any other wrongdoers.
May God enlighten the attackers and bring peace and understanding to their mind. Let the light of love pierce through the clouds of hate and illuminate our hearts with universal love and harmony.
Unfortunately, his assailants did not see Prabhjot Singh, the professor, the community health expert or the local doctor. They saw a man wearing a beard and a turban, and saw a target.
If we only think of 9/11's victims as the ones in the planes and on the streets of America, we miss the chance to think of what caused 9/11, and the ways 9/11 has led to terror for the world at large.
While the Sikh turban traditionally represents love, faith, and social justice, people unaware of its significance often see it as a marker of violence and fear.
As the mother of a Sikh boy who sports long hair wrapped in a patka (a little boy's version of a turban) and the wife of a turban-wearing Sikh, I am acutely aware of how they are perceived in the general American populace and how it impacts my parenting.
It all sounds so... demanding. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. "Be dressed for action" (NRSV). Imagine yourselves as slaves who remain ready for their master's return -- not knowing when it might come.
Today, on the one-year anniversary, we must remember Oak Creek as the largest act of violence on a faith community since the 1963 church bombings.
In the wake of the tragedy on August 5, 2012, when a gunman stormed into the gurdwara and killed six people, Sikh Americans around the country asked: "What do I tell my children?" and "How do I protect them?"
Army veteran Wade Michael Page killed six people and then himself one Sunday morning at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee, Wis., as number of people gather...
Global society is complicit in structural discrimination, and we have all become actors in that process. Each of us has had our humanity compromised by the current power structure. On the other hand, we all regularly participate in a system that protects a select few, and we all play roles that contribute to the denigration of others.