LONDON: The mayor of London Sadiq Khan praised British Sikhs for their entrepreneurial spirit and achievements, as well as their service to the community, at an event he hosted to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.
Three hundred British Sikhs packed into the oversubscribed event at City Hall, the headquarters of the Greater London Authority, on Friday night.
“All across the UK and the world there are gurdwaras which open their doors to people who want to be fed irrespective of their background. No one asks your religion or how rich or poor you are. Thank you for the seva you do,” Khan, who is of Pakistani origin, said.
“We have more Sikhs living in London than any other city in the UK and also more than any other country in Europe. The Sikh community contributes not just to our businesses but also the public sector here like NHS.
Imam Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, chief Imam of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, said: “The teachings of compassion, love, kindness, looking after thy neighbour, are extremely powerful.”