Getting to know the Sikhs | News
ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - With the mass shooting at the Wisconsin Sikh temple, many have wondered what is the religion and who are its people?
Dr. Tejinder Singh Mander, leader of the Sikh temple here that serves about 120 people said the religion is one of the youngest in the world (at about 500 years), yet is the fifth-largest, with 23 million members worldwide.
Dr. Mander, a cardiologist, told WZZM 13's Peter Ross Monday the hallmarks of the religion are hardworking honesty, worshipping God, and sharing your earnings with others. "We don't try to convert anyone." Dr. Mander said in his office in Greenville. "We are taught that God lives in everyone...we are very proud of who we are."
Sikh men wear turbans, their uncut hair rolled inside into a knot. They do not shave or cut their hair because of their "love and respect for God's design."
The Sikh Temple on Cascade Road Tuesday night will hold a vigil to honor their brethren killed in Wisconsin.