President Obama Honors Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s Birth

Guru Nanak Dev Ji (Photo: Sikh History)

Guru Nanak Dev Ji (Photo: Sikh History)

President Obama issued a statement on Thursday honoring the anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Guru Nanak founded the Sikhism religion and is the first of ten Sikh Gurus.

An email statement from Mr. Obama read:

“I send my best wishes to all those observing the anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first Sikh Guru.  On this occasion, we are reminded of the fundamental principles of Sikhism, including the equality of all people, the sanctity of living an honest life, and the importance of service to our neighbors. I’m proud that during my presidency the White House hosted the first celebration of the birth of Guru Nanak, and our country is grateful for the extraordinary contributions that Sikh Americans have made to our nation.  As Sikhs across America and around the world celebrate the life of Guru Nanak, all of us can draw inspiration from his message of equality, honesty, and helping those who are in need.”

Sabrina Siddiqui is the editor-in-chief of Divanee.com.

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