Sikhism 101

The Golden Temple Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar, India

The word Sikh means a disciple. A Sikh is a person who believes in One God and the teachings of the Ten Gurus, enshrined in the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh Holy 'Book'. Additionally, he or she must take Amrit, the Sikh Baptism. Outside of middle-eastern countries, most people one would see wearing a turban are Sikh.

Sikhism is a practical religion–a faith of hope and optimism. Its ideals form a large part of the more progressive elements in humanity today. Sikhs have always believed that men, women, all races and nationalities are equal. A hundred years before Galileo, the Sikh Gurus spoke of countless worlds that rotate around their stars and countless stars rotating around galaxies.

Sikhism shows mankind how to lead a worthy and useful life in the world, which elevates it to the status of a universal faith for all mankind.


 Quick Facts:

  • Sikhs believe in One God, who is worshiped by all faiths
  • Sikhs believe every man, woman and child came from the same Creator and are equal
  • Sikhs believe that it is everyone’s duty to stand up for justice and against oppression
  • Sikhs believe in maintaining good health through a lacto-vegetarian diet and physical exercise
  • Every Sikh place of worship 'Gurudwara' operates a free kitchen open to all 24*7

Source: (retrieved September 15, 2013)