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Facts abouts Sikhs

  • Sikhs in Leicester are 11796 – 4.21% of local population (census 2001)
  • The national ranking placed Leicester as 10th for Sikh religion.
  • Sikhism is world’s 5th largest religion
  • Sikhism has 26 million followers worldwide
  • Sikhism originated in India and is over 500 years old
  • Sikhism is a distinct religion
  • Sikhs are living in America since 1897
  • The countries other than India e.g. Canada, US, UK have a sizeable amount of Sikh immigrants
  • Sikhism is one of the youngest religion of the world that began in 15th century in Northern India with the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and nine successive human Gurus
  • Mool Mantar is the key prayer of Sikhs which sums up the basic concept of the Sikh religion
  • The community kitchen at the Golden Temple in Amritsar feeds up to 10,000 people in a day, free of charge
  • Sikhs are 2% of India’s population
  • A Sikh’s life consists of three basic rules, live life honestly, remember God and share with others
  • Sikhism denounces any and all caste systems
  • Sikhs do not believe in worshipping any animals, they worship one God only
  • Sikhs do not worship any idols or demi-gods
  • Marriage is partnership of equals
  • No dowry is allowed
  • No day is considered holier than any other
  • No astrological considerations are to be made
  • No superstitions are to be observed in fixing the day of the wedding
  • The religious ceremony to take place in a Gurdwara or home of the Bride in the presence of Guru Granth Sahib ji
  • The religious ceremony must not take place in hotel, wedding palace or Banqueting Hall
  • Burden of the cost of the wedding to be shared as equally as possible
  • Sikhs believe in freedom of speech and religion, justice and liberty for all
  • Sikhs believe in tolerance and absolute equality of all people without regards to gender, race, caste, or religion. Defending civil liberties and protecting the defenceless
  • Sikhism gives equal rights to women
  • Sikhs do not believe in terrorism or hurting innocent people
  • Sikhs do not believe in hate or racial profiling
  • Sikhs do not believe in fasting
  • A turban is a religious requirement and it must be worn at all times in public
  • A turban is not a hat. It cannot be casually taken on and off.
  • Turbans are 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
  • Sikhs are against suicide, assisted or unassisted

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