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  1. Jimmysikh

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    Hello, Amardeep. Thank you for the reply. This id something for me to explore about gurdwara in my area. I live near Hampstead Heath in London. Maybe someone on this forum knows gurdwara near my area? Thanks.
     
  2. Amardeep Singh 1000

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    You can also google gurdwaras in your area. If you are really serious about learning Sikhi, then you should get a copy of the daily banis. Google Sacred Nitnem, and you can find a copy. Or through Amazon.com. They are all taken from the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and give an overall introduction and reminder of basic Sikh beliefs. You can also pray to God to help you find some nice Sikh friends.
     
  3. Tejwant Singh

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    Jimmy, the closest Gurdwara to Hampstead Heath would be the Shepard's Bush Gurdwara, one of the oldest ones in the UK, if my memory serves me right. You live in London, you can stop any turbaned Sikh in London and have an interpersonal chat about Sikhi and other things. There are quite a few Gurdwaras there. The biggest one is in Southall which is a bit off the way from where you live.

    Please share your experiences here about your journey.

    Thanks for your interest in Sikhi. Enjoy your journey. We are all here for you.
     
  4. Amardeep Singh 1000

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    Jimmy, you asked me this but I can't find your quote, so I will reply here:

    Thank you Amardeep. I will read the information on SikhiWiki. I am also here to share my experience knowledge, also to find new friends and learn from all of members :)
    How is NY? I haven't yet been to USA, I have a cousin who is American. Hopefully soon I will go for holidays to the states. How big is the Sikhn community in States and Canada?

    Jimmy, New York is ok. I live in Brooklyn, so I don't get into Manhattan very often. Most of the gurdwaras in NY are in Queens. I have seen a few Sikhs in my neighborhood, but I have not had the chance to ask them about themselves or they go to a gurdwara closer than the one in Queens that I go to which takes a long train ride. My gurdwara is the Sikh Cultural Society http://www.gurudwarascsny.com/?page=1

    According to my understanding there are approximately 700,000 Sikhs in the US, all over the US actually--even in places I never thought Sikhs would end up--with the highest concentrations being in California, New Jersey, and New York. Since the 9/11 attacks, it is has been very difficult for Sikhs here because of the hatred for Muslims and the perception of Muslims as terrorists. Since Sikhs wear turbans and beards and often traditional clothes such as a kurta or salvar suit, the other Americans think we are Muslims and therefore terrorists. There have been a lot of hate crimes toward Sikhs, with sharp increase since the 2015 Republican presidential race and the subsequent election in which there has been a great deal of hate rhetoric and officially supported racism. Harassment, beatings, discrimination, turbans knocked off and hair cut off, murders, people shouting, "Terrorist! Go back to your own country!" I myself have been the object of this kind of hatred, though thankfully it has never reached to the level of physical violence. In response to this, several Sikhs started a non-profit self-help organization called the Sikh Coalition which provides free legal assistance to Sikhs who have been the victims of hate crimes, discrimination, etc., and have been working with schools, local governments, etc., to provide education on Sikhi and the fact that Sikhs are not terrorists. According to them, 60% of Americans have no idea what Sikhi is about, so we have a lot of work cut out for us. America is a great country, and I am grateful to be a citizen. Though times have been rough over the past few years, I have faith in the American legal system, the good-heartedness of most Americans, and the fact that all immigrant groups and minorities who have had problems have eventually been able to become part of the American fabric. And too, Sikhs know how to take care of themselves and Waheguru and our gurus are always watching over their children.
     
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  5. chetan sharma

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    Sat Siri Akal : my name is Chetan Sharma, born in Hindu family, living in Punjab, India. I am revising my teachings from Shri Guru Granth Sahib ji. My opinion is best way to rectify is discussion.
     
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  6. Amardeep Singh 1000

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    Nice to meet you, Chetan Bhai.
     
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    Thanks brother, same here
     
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    Welcome to SPN. I hope you enjoy your stay :)
     
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