A Time of Healing for Sikh Community
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CLARENCE CENTER, N.Y. -- Their voices echoed. Songs of love and praise. Members of the Sikh community in Clarence Center gathered together, united as one.
They came to remember the victim's of the deadly rampage in Wisconsin.
"Most people are very kind, and wonderful, and positive but you always have some people who are so full of hate. And unfortunately this time, we were the victims of a person who had so much hate," worshipper, Surinder Arora said.
A single gunman, who called himself a white supremacist, stormed the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin gunning down six innocent victims.
Although it happened states away, members of this place of worship felt the pain of their religious brothers and sisters.
"Horrified, in pain, and wanting to know more," Arora said.
Her husband, Harry said, "This incident has made us stronger. In our history of Sikh religion is that every incident, you have to become stronger. You don't have to look at the bad things around you, you have to look at all the good things around you. That's what life is all about."
Worshippers said Sunday's service was not just about remembering the victim's, but also to educate the community on the Sikh religion.
"We regard the holy book very highly and, as you can see it's up on a pedestal. And we take off our shoes, as a mark that we don't bring in any contamination of the outside world. We come here as a mark of respect."
The Sikh religion was founded in India. Some of it's main objectives is preaching peace and equality of both man and woman. The tragedy in Wisconsin impacted all of those in this religion who are in support of love, kindness, and unity.
"We want to live our life like a good human being and that's what is Sikhism. Lead a life of a good human being, stay strong for the weak ones, and share your strength with others," said Harry.
Local worshippers said being a part of this supportive community has helped immensely with the healing process.
"The support we've received everywhere has been unimaginable."