World Religions Project: Sikhism

People of Punjab

Sikhism At a Glance

Sikhism was a religion founded by Guru Nanak during the 15th century. In Punjabi, Sikh

means disciple. Sikhs follow the teachings and the writings of the Ten Sikh Gurus. The Guru Granth Sahib is their holy scripture, of which its appeal and wisdom is universal.

What is the most important belief in this religion and why do they believe that?

There are 10 major rules in Sikhism, but I'll just list the three golden rules:

1) Remember God

2) Earn honestly

3) Share with the needy

They also believe that God is the one true god, the Akal Purakh

People believe that following these rules is the best lifestyle to be with God and to forever be with God.

What makes believers of Sikhism want to follow its teachings or the teachings of its prophets?

Since the Sikh religion is openly against the Caste System, the social stepladder of ancient and modern day Hinduism, people might want to follow this religion. It is also a monotheistic religion, so a Hindu might want to covert from the polytheistic religion to a simpler kind of religion. It also says to be kind to the poor and less fortunate, and to be at peace with yourself, God, and the World. This is a very appealing way of life, so somebody might want to join then.

How do Sikh extremists Justify their actions against nonbelievers?

Punjab is the original Sikh homeland.

The Khalistan Movement is a Sikh nationalist group that want to turn the Punjab region of India into its own nation, discriminating against Hindus and Muslims . In current years, some proponents of the Khalistan movement has turned to militancy, resulting in counter-militancy actions by India. On September 9, 1981, Sikh militants assassinated Lala Jagat Narain, a Hindu owner of a group of newspapers called the Hind Samachar. The Khalistan Movement reached its height in the 1970s, when the Punjab State was a flourishing Sikh area. They like to justify their actions as "just a petitional nationalist movement".

Sikh Songs

"Oh, evil man, who can help you?" Speaks to a man who leads an unhealthy, greedy lifestyle, and tells him to find refuge in God, and that God will save him. The man then tries to find penance for the bad things he has done and to find God, but at first he fails. He learns that God is with him, in his heart. He then finds peace with himself and is happy.

This song teaches you follow God's path to find a peaceful and joyous life. That God cannot only be found in churches and temples, but also in your heart. It tells you to persevere and to find God, and then you will be happy. You do not need drugs or alcohol or money to be happy.

Shooting at a Sikh Gurdwara in Wisconsin

On August 5, 2012, a 40 year old man named Michael Page shot and killed six people and wounded four others, in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. He then took his own life by shooting himself after being wounded in the stomach by a responding police officer.

Page was a white supremacist and US Army veteran from Cudahy, Wisconsin.

He also shot a police officer, Brian Murphy, 15 times. Murphy still survived.

The victims included one woman, Paramjit Kaur, and five other men.

The Eleven Sikh Gurus

Gurus are the Sikh holy leaders that have all (except one) been human since the first Guru, Guru Nanak, started the religion.

There are eleven successive Sikh gurus, with the last being the Sikh holy scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib. Sikhs usually hang pictures of the gurus in their homes and temples to remember the thing the Gurus did for them and the ways they can be more like them.
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Sikh Khanda

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