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.
Having been refugees once already, my parents dreaded the possibilities and began to scratch their heads, wondering if it was time to head north to the part of the Punjabi hinterland which was still left in India... They chose Canada.
Once you convince someone to help others once, they are far more likely to want to do it again and again. And what's more, they will invite others, from different communities, to come together and work for the common good.
The forces of cyberspace have come together at their own pace, on their own will, to bring together as a single, united community every day and at every moment of each day, to listen to the magical sounds and words -- of song and poetry -- emanating from Amritsar.
As fishes are at one with the waves of the river, So was the Guru, immersed in the River of the Lord: As the moth submits itself to the flame, So was the Guru's light merged with the Divine.
Jesus is returning to earth shortly, a news-flash had proclaimed one day. I'm a bit worried he might decide to get crucified all over again, once he finds out all that's happened since he left. He'll want to wash away our sins all over again.
On June 1, 1984, the Indian Government launched Operation Bluestar, a full-scale assault on dozens of gurduaras around the Sikh homeland of Punjab. Eyewitnesses tell a story different than that of the Indian government.