Gurbani was read in the US Senate Chamber
For the first time in history, Gurbani was read in the US Senate Chamber
Giani Sukhwinder Singh,a resident of Mellbourne in the American state of Delaware, has made history by making Sikh prayers in the Senate of the country. Earlier, no Sikh in the Senate had offered prayers. This was done because of Sri Guru Nanak’s 550th Lighting Day.
Senator Patrick Tommy from the American Republican Party of Pennsylvania sent a special invitation to Mr. Sukhwinder Singh for the prayer. Mr. Sukhwinder Singh and his colleagues offered morning prayers in the
Senate chamber.Mr Tommy said there had never been a Sikh prayer in the Senate before. Addressing the Senate, he said that Guru Nanak Dev was born in 1469 AD.He said that Guru Sahib was a religious man from the beginning. Guru Nanak always gave the message of God. He said that there is no need for any priest to intercede for reaching God, and all human beings on this earth are equal. ‘Mr Tommy said that Sikhism is the sixth largest religion in the world and its 30 million people worldwide are its followers. He said that in the western countries, Sikhs are often practiced as a Muslim because of their appearance.Tommy tweeted, “We are delighted to welcome Giani Sukhwinder Singh. He is the first Sikh to offer a morning prayer in the Senate. We invited them to offer prayers at the 550th Light East of Sri Guru Nanak Sahib.
It was an honor to welcome Giani Sukhvinder Singh of Millbourne, Delaware County to the Senate today. This morning, he became the first Sikh to ever deliver the Senate's morning prayer. Watch: pic.twitter.com/xA0DaNmvnB
— Senator Pat Toomey (@SenToomey) October 16, 2019
Raj Singh was one of the 56 Sikhs from the Upper Darby area who traveled to Washington for the commemoration.He explained that many confuse Sikhs with Muslims and also noted their key values of equality for all, loving your neighbor, peace, honest living and giving back to the society, particularly the poor.”We believe in giving to the society that we live in,” Singh said. “In the temples we have in Upper Darby, we have free food. Anybody can come at any time and eat for free.”
He also stressed how equality between the genders is a long standing characteristic of Sikhism.
“Five-hundred fifty years ago, (Guru Nanak) said, ‘Why should we say something bad to the woman who gives birth to the kings?'” Singh said. “Guru Nanak gave equal rights 550 years ago. Anything a man can do in the Sikh service, the woman can do the same.”
“We feel so proud, we feel welcomed,” he said. “We are a part of the fabric of Pennsylvania, the United States and Delaware County. Every Sikh wants to do much more for the country we adopted, this country we will live and die for.”
Singh said Sikhs are known as great fighters and they will work to defend and protect the United States.
“By the grace of the true Guru, Almighty God, we call you by many names but you are one,” he said. “Keep your divine hand over the members of the Senate as they help steer the future of our great nation. (Put) love in our hearts and sound judgement in our minds. Remind us of our purpose to love and serve one another and create a more peaceful world.”
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