Guru Arjan:"God alone Gives and His Givings know no bounds."
Based on the belief in One God, the Sikh religion recognizes the equality of all human beings, and is marked by rejection of idolatry, ritualism, caste and asceticism. This website serves to heighten the awareness of Sikhism and hopefully can be of some use to seekers of knowledge.
  • Introduction
  • Historical Events
  • Anti-Sikh Pogrom
  • Learn Punjabi

Introduction to Sikhism

Over twenty million Sikhs follow a revealed, distinct, and unique religion born five centuries ago in the Punjab region of northern India. Between 1469 and 1708, ten Gurus preached a simple message of truth, devotion to God, and universal equality. Often mistaken as a combination of Hinduism and Islam, the Sikh religion can be characterized as a completely independent faith:

Sikhism rejects idolatry, the caste system, ritualism, and asceticism. It recognizes the equality between both genders and all religions, prohibits the intake of any intoxicants, and encourages an honest, truthful living. Sikhs have their own holy scripture, Guru Granth Sahib. Written, composed, and compiled by the Sikh Gurus themselves, the Guru Granth Sahib serves as the ultimate source of spiritual guidance for Sikhs. While the Sikhs hold their Gurus in high reverence, they are not to be worshipped; Sikhs may only worship God.

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Historical Events in Sikh History

Since its inception, the Sikh community has been one of the major factors in Indian history. The Mughals understood that Sikhism was a separatist movement, and by the eighteenth century, the Sikhs had established a separate kingdom with its capital in Lahore. The Sikhs were a major force in the British Allied army as the British gradually annexed the whole of India in the 1850's and after Indian Independence, the Sikh community, half of which had to flee Muslim Pakistan after partition, became economically and politically the most significant and successful minority community in India.

To Akbar, the Sikhs were a religious community deserving imperial support. To Jahangir, they were a growing political force that potentially threatened the Empire. To Aurangzeb, the Sikhs were dangerous heretics to be stamped out at any cost. To the successors of Aurangzeb, the Sikhs were a major military and social force pulling the Empire apart. As a separate and militant community, the Sikhs still find themselves partly foreigners in their own country, suspicious of and suspected by the dominant government.

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The 1984 Anti-Sikh Pogrom

The genocidal pogroms against the Sikh people in India in November 1984 left thousands dead. In many of the outer areas of the capital, New Delhi, whole neighbourhoods were wiped out. Women were raped in large numbers. Senior politicians of the Congress (I) party led mobs, assisted by the police and administration. Thirty years on no memorials exist to the dead and the perpetrators continue to enjoy complete impunity. But the silence is slowly breaking. Not just about the damage caused to the justice system, memory and language in India, but also about the individual and collective trauma that exists within Sikh communities across the world.

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Learn Punjabi

The word 'Gurmukhi' literally means from the mouth of the Guru. It was developed in the 16th century CE by the second Sikh guru, Guru Angad Dev Ji, to write the Punjabi language.

Gurmukhi has 41 alphabets/varanmala (35 basic + 5 Urdu + 1 Talvi) as well as ten vowel modifiers. In addition there are five special sound modifier symbols. A vertical bar is used to indicate the end of a sentences. Two vertical bars indicate a longer pause between sentences or paragraphs.

Punjabi is a language (what we speak). Gurmukhi is a script (how we write Punjabi)

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Sikhism News

Pointing towards the restrictions placed on Guru Nanak Gurdwara Sahib by Belgian authorities, as reported in the Belgian Newspapers, Sikh Federation General Secretary Gurjeet Singh said: “Gurdwara in Brussels may have re-opened, but restrictions are unacceptable”.
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Belgium: Sikh Council UK has welcomed the reopening of Guru Nanak Gurdwara Sahib in Vilvoorde, Belgium following a period of over seven weeks enforced closure.
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Punjab Police’s special investigation team has granted ‘clean chit’ to the followers of controversial Noormehal Dera called Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan (DJJS) in a case related to act of arson in a Jodhpur Gurdwara Sahib and burning a saroops of...
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Jalandhar, Punjab: The statue of late Squadron Leader Mahinder Singh Pujji, Distinguished Flying Cross, was unveiled during a ceremony at Gravesend in the UK. Mahinder Singh Pujji went to the UK in 1940 and joined the Royal Air Force during the...
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Amritsar, Punjab: In a unique initiative, Akal Purakh Ki Fauj (APKF), a Sikh organisation, has decided to bring Sikh entrepreneurs from across the globe on a single platform by launching “Coalition of Sikh Entrepreneurs” (CSE). Addressing the first meeting of the...
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Amritsar, Punjab: Even as the demand that Akal Takht should initiate action against former Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu for alleged distortion of “gurbani” is gaining ground, most of the Sikh intellectuals say a “patit” (apostate) Sikh could not even be...
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Sikh Matrimonials

Sikh Matrimonials
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Sikh Matrimonials
The True Guru is the Giver of all peace and comfort seek His Sanctuary. Beholding the Blessed Vision of His Darshan, bliss ensues, pain is dispelled, and one sings the Lords Praises. || 1 || Drink in the sublime essence of the Lord, O Siblings of Destiny. Chant the Naam, the Name of the Lord; worship the Naam in adoration, and enter the Sanctuary of the Perfect Guru. || Pause || Only one who has such pre-ordained destiny receives it; he alone becomes perfect, O Siblings of Destiny. Nanaks prayer, O...
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Sikhism FAQs

  • Sikhism FAQs:What is the Sikh attitude to dancing?

    Q122. What is the Sikh attitude to dancing? Dancing is a mode of entertainment in western countries. Sikhism applies the general test mentioned in the Scripture to any entertainment, namely, "Avoid that which causes pain or harm to the body or produc...

Sikhism Stories

  • Guru Stories:Belittling the Caste-System

    Belittling the Caste-System Guru Nanak Dev disparagingly condemned caste-prejudices. To do away with this social malady he set an example. He visited Bhai Lalo an 'out-caste', and both had their meals together, giving a shocking surprise to the villa...