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Sikhism is the worlds fifth largest religion Sikhism is one of the younger faiths of the world as compared with religions like Hinduism Buddhism Judaism Christianity or Islam It is a monotheistic faith preaching the existence of only one God and teaching ideals that may be universally accepted today and in the future honesty compassion humility piety social commitment and most of all tolerance for other religions Sikhism is free from any claims and dogmas To attain salvation Sikhism rejects all rites rituals and fasts It rejects the claims of mortification of body self-torture penance or renunciation It does not believe in worship of gods and goddesses stones statues idols pictures tombs or crematoriums Devotees are supposed to desist from working miracles uttering blessings and curses and believing in omens They wear Gods name as a necklace and try to practice Nam remembrance of Gods name Dan charity and Ishnan purity truthfulness and openness self-restraint in temper labor for the purpose of mutual benefit profitable and edifying speech humility and forbearance Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji in the Punjab area now Pakistan founded the Sikh faith He began preaching the way to enlightenment and God after receiving a vision After his death a series of nine Gurus regarded as reincarnations of Guru Nanak led the movement until 1708 At this time these functions passed to the Panth and the holy text The tenth Guru Gobind Singh compiled this text the Shri Guru Granth Sahib It consists of hymns and writings of the first 10 Gurus along with texts from different Muslim and Hindu saints The holy text is considered the 11th and final Guru Sikhs believe in a single formless God with many names who can be known through meditation Sikhs pray many times each day and are prohibited from worshipping idols or icons They believe in samsara karma and reincarnation as Hindus do but reject the caste system They believe that everyone has
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