For Immediate Release
5 August 2012

Sikh Research Institute Offers Condolences on Wisconsin Gurduara Shootings

San Antonio, TX - On behalf of the Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI), we extend our ardaas (prayers) and heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, the family of the suspect(s) and all those who have been impacted by this tragedy at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. Usually a house of prayer and learning, today the Oak Creek Gurduara became a scene of senseless violence and killing.

As Sikh-Americans, we also pray for and offer our gratitude to members of the Oak Creek Police Department along with other law enforcement agencies, first responders and all those who put themselves in harm’s way to protect the people of our community.

This is a national tragedy,” commented Inderpreet Singh, Chair of SikhRI’s Board of Directors. “As we reflect on these senseless acts of violence and loss of lives, we search for answers to the question ‘why.’ While we may never know or comprehend the motives for such violence, it is a sad reminder why we must continue our efforts to establish a peaceful and safe community through awareness campaigns and educational programs.

SikhRI believes it is the personal and human responsibility of every individual to be directly concerned with the killings in Wisconsin. Harinder Singh, SikhRI’s Chief Programming Officer, remarked, “It is the duty of an enlightened and spiritually committed person to accept the bhana (Divine Will) of the Almighty and come forward to resist evil. However, do recognize that evil is not the person, it is the perversion of mind.

SikhRI asks all Sikhs to put forth a bold call to the Almighty on witnessing the state of undefended, unarmed and innocent civilians. We seek guidance from the Gracious One to confront and respond to the killings.  We ask to be shown the path to act in a just and loving manner.

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