Sikh community gathers to pray and dispel myths about religion
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV)- For being the fifth largest religion in the world many people here in the U.S. know so little about the Sikh religion. Hoping to remove ignorance in our Valley the Las Vegas Sikh community came together and invited everyone to g Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- For being the fifth largest religion in the world, many people here in the United States know so little about the Sikh religion. Hoping to remove ignorance in our Valley the Las Vegas Sikh community came together and invited everyone to get to know them.
The Sikh temple in northwest Las Vegas was packed with people Wednesday night, all praying for those victims involved in a Wisconsin shooting Sunday that left six worshipers dead.
In response the Sikh community hosted this prayer service inside their temple hoping to eliminate ignorance and myths of their religion.
"People knew more about Sikhism, but it's a shame it takes this killing to know about our religion," says Amar Chadha, a Sikh worshiper.
Politicians from all of Southern Nevada and people of several different religions attended the event.
"That is what is beauty of America. That's what the freedom of America. That's what gives us courage to live in this country. To preach the faith we want," says Chadha.
"Just because they're part of Sikhism, we're still Indian. We're still brothers and sisters. We're one," says Rita Vaswani, a supporter of the Sikh community.
Visitors took off their shoes and covered their heads hoping to learn more about the religion that requires the men to never cut their hair.
"Especially at the airport. That's where we all face challenges from our faith. People who wear turbans. They have been harassed so many times," says Chadha.
At a time when the nation sees how much ugly exists in the world, here in Las Vegas the Sikh community says they are proud to live in America.
Leaders in the Sikh say they are all about peace and love which makes the shooting on Sunday so hard for them to understand.