Sending their warmest needs on the 551st delivery anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, President-elect Joe Biden and his deputy Kamala Harris on Monday stated the founding father of Sikhism’s timeless and common message of compassion and unity can encourage and assist People heal as individuals and as a nation.
“On today, allow us to all remind ourselves that Guru Nanak’s timeless and common message of compassion and unity can encourage and assist us heal as individuals and as a nation,” Biden and Harris stated in a joint assertion.
They prolonged their warmest greetings to Sikhs within the US and world wide as they observe the 551st delivery anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.
The President-elect and the Vice President-elect stated that for greater than 5 centuries, Guru Nanak’s teachings on religious enlightenment, service to humanity, and ethical integrity have endured and are embodied every day by Sikhs in America and world wide, as was seen throughout this difficult 12 months.
“We’re grateful to all the Sikh People who proceed to face by their neighbours as important staff of the pandemic, and who open their hearts and group kitchens of their gurdwaras to organize, serve, and ship numerous meals for individuals most in want,” they stated.
“And in the course of the summer season of protest, we noticed Sikhs of all ages marching peacefully for racial and gender equality, spiritual pluralism, and constancy to fact and justice – core tenets of the Sikh religion and central to who all of us are as People,” Biden and Harris stated within the assertion.
In a separate assertion difficulty in Ottawa, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau stated the delivery anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev was an necessary day for Sikh Canadians. It celebrates his life and his teachings of unity, equality, selflessness, and repair, he stated.
“This 12 months, as we proceed to struggle the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, these teachings have by no means been extra necessary. Whether or not it’s supporting a neighborhood charity, being there for neighbours, or serving to those that are extra weak, Sikh Canadians proceed to indicate selfless service,” Trudeau stated.
“This 12 months will look totally different as we observe public well being tips to maintain one another and our communities protected, however the Sikh values of compassion and inclusion will stay sturdy. These values, which type the core rules of Sikhism, are additionally necessary for all Canadians,” he stated.
Immediately is a chance to recognise the numerous contributions that Canada”s Sikh group – one of many largest and most dynamic Sikh populations on the planet – makes to construct a greater, fairer, and extra inclusive Canada, Trudeau stated.
Congressman stated Brian Fitzpatrick despatched his greatest needs to the Sikh group in his district and throughout the nation who’re celebrating the delivery anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.