Sikhism

By Lynda, Johari, Leslie, Leslie

Where in the world is the religion practiced?


Sikhism is practiced in India Subcontinent, Australia, France America, Southeast Asia, the UK, and Western Europe.
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How many people practice Sikhism worldwide? What is the rank? Is the religion growing or shrinking the number of followers? What area of the world is it growing the most?

About 20-25 million people worldwide practice Sikhism.

The rank of the religion is 5th out of the world. It's decreasing because its 5th, Christianity is taking over most of the power in religion. Populations living on the East and West Coast with additional population in Detroit, Chicagio, and Austin.

How do people become a follower / member (adherent) of the religion.

A Sikh serves God by serving (seva) other people every day. By devoting their lives to service they get rid of their own ego and pride.

Why does your group think that people are attracted to this religion?

We think that people are attracted to the religion because this religion has a combination of both Hinduism and Islam practices. If people want to practice some rituals from both Hinduism and Islam this would be the perfect religion for them. Sikhism also believes in absolute equality which makes people want to join because not every religion offers that opportunity.

What is the religious category of the religion? Why is it classified this way?

Universaling because Sikhs do like to spread their religion all around the world. From all conuntries all around the globe, they want people to know that we are all equal and we should believe in God. They dont really argue with someone about their religion if they are not Sihks they still believe we all are equal.

Short history of the religion- include key figures and 10-15 major events in the religions history. Is it related or have ties to other religions?

1. Battle of Saraghari 1897

2. The Ghadar movement 1912

3. Incident of Kamagata Maru 1914

4. Sikh Regiments 1859-1914

5. Sikh's in British war

6. Sikh's in World war I

7. Jallianwala Bagh Incident 1919

8. Constitutional Reforms 1919

9. Babbar Akali Movements 1920's

10. Saka Tarntaran Sahib 1920

11. Birth of Guru Gobind Singh, the Tenth Sikh Guru

12. The Birth of Guru Har Rai, the seventh Sikh Guru

13. Nanakshahi New Year

These event are only in the Sikh religion.

What are the central beliefs of the religion?


Sikhs believe in only one god and he is the same god for all religions. Sikhism teaches equality of all people. Sikhism preaches that people of different races, religions, or sex are all equal in the eyes of God. Sikhism teaches the full equality of men and women. Sikhs are supposed to remember god daily and at all times. Sikhism teaches religious freedom, anyone has the right to follow their own beliefs.Sikhism rejects all forms of rituals such as idol worship, pilgrimages, fasting, and superstitions. A Sikh must always express five virtues: Compassion, truth, Contentment, Humility, and Love.

What are some identifiers on the cultural landscape of the religion?

The place of worship for the Sikh Gurdwara. The sikhs usually worship here or at home. The founder of Sikhism is Guru Nanak. The sikhs believe that all human being are equal and can realise divine within them though deveotion to God. celebrate some holidays like, Hola Mollaha which is in Febuary/March where sikhs show skills at athletics, Baisakhi which is the new year in Pujab Guru Nanak's Birthday are all important dates to the religion. The sikh holy book is called Guru Granth Sahib.e The dead have a big funeral filled with colors, worhip, and a whole bunch of prayer, the sikhs believe in recarnation and born to new life once you pass.
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