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5 things to know about Sikhism

Sikhism is the fifth largest religion in the world. Here are five things to know about the faith.

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2. What do Sikhs believe?

The Sikh holy book, “The Guru Granth Sahib,” teaches that there is one God, that men and women are inherently good and are equal before God, that everyone has direct access to God, and that the way to become closer to God is to be of service to our fellow human beings.

The Guru Granth Sahib is written entirely in poetry and it includes the hymns of many non-Sikh saints from diverse religious traditions including Hinduism, Islam, and Sufism.

Sikhs believe they have a duty to help the poor and the oppressed. Sharing with the needy was one of the three principles taught by Guru Nanak. The other two are “work hard and honestly” and “always remember God throughout the day.” 

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