Donald Trump was officially nominated as the Republican candidate for the US Presidential election on Tuesday.
The Republican National Convention stood out with an Indian-origin soon-to-be-Republican Committeewoman Harmeet Dhillon kicking off the convention with a Sikh prayer. For many in the convention crowd, the Sikh prayer was an unexpected choice to lead with as the opening prayer.
Dhillon opened the second night of the Republican National Convention by singing the invocation (shabad) of “Tu Thakur Tum Peh Ardas, Jio Pind Sabh Teri Raas” in Punjabi and then uttering an Ardaas in English for the convention. This Ardaas is a first for the RNC, but it’s not the first time the 47-year-old San Francisco lawyer has startled expectations.
After the pledge of allegiance and the national anthem, Dhillon started her speech saying, “It is an honor as an American and the vice chair of the California Republican party to represent the fifth-largest religion in the world. We look to the one God above for guidance, and a reminder to have humility, truth, courage, service, justice for all and gratitude for all our creator has given to us.”
Dhillon then explained that it was Sikh custom to cover the head for the traditional prayer, so she put a headscarf on her head.
The social media has been abuzz with Ms. Dhillon who describes herself as a ‘serious knitter, sailor, hiker, yarntrepreneur and a trial lawyer, performing the Sikh prayer at the RNC.
Prayer has no language, religion nor boundaries, it strengthens and pacifies us and connects us with the Almighty!