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Interesting Facts About Sikhism

Sikhs are the fifth largest religion in the world with a rich and varied history, uncountable sacrifices to make the world a better place to live in. Still there are lot of people who don't know much about Sikhism.

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Interesting Facts About Sikhism

  • World's 5th largest religion
  • 26 million followers worldwide
  • of which 19 million in India
  • Originated in India, over 500 years old
  • Distinct religion, having no links with Hinduism or Islam
  • 83,000 Sikh soldiers died during Two World wars
  • Sikhs are living in America since 1897
  • Sikhs in the British Indian Army totaled over 100,000; i.e. 20% of the British Indian Army.
  • In the years to 1945, 14 Victoria Crosses were awarded to the Sikhs, a per capita record given the size of the Sikh Regiments.

Sikh beliefs:

  • Based on monotheism
  • Freedom of speech, religion
  • Justice and liberty for all
  • Defending civil liberties and protecting the defenseless
  • Tolerance and absolute equality of all people without regardto gender, race, caste, or religion
  • One God common to all
  • Equal right for women

Sikhs DO NOT Believe In:

  • Sikhs do not believe in terrorism or hurting innocent people
  • Sikhs do not believe in hate or racial profiling
  • Sikhs do not believe in war based on religion
  • Sikhs do not believe in proselytism
  • Sikhs do not believe in fasting

Sikhs Turbans

  • Sikhs Used to cover long, uncut hair and provides the distinct identity
  • Approx. 15 feet of cloth wrapped neatly around the head every time it is put on
  • Symbolizes discipline, integrity, humility, and spirituality
  • Religious requirement - must be worn at all times in public
  • A turban is not a hat. It cannot be casually taken on and off. It must be carefully retied each time it is removed
  • Turbans are a mandatory part of Sikh faith, not a social custom
  • Sikhs feel humiliated if asked to remove their turban in public, as doing so exposes an intimate part of their body

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