Islam and Sikhism
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Islam is an Abrahamic religion with approximately 1.6 billion followers, founded in Arabian peninsula by Prophet Muhammed in the 7th century CE. Sikhism is a Dharmic religion with approximately 30 million followers, founded in the Punjab region by Guru Nanak in the 15th century CE.
Islam is a verbal noun (an action) meaning voluntary submission to god. The term 'Muslim' refers to one who performs this act. The word Sikh is derived from a Hindu word meaning 'disciple', or one who learns.
Islam is monotheistic, while Sikhism has been called as monotheistic as well as pantheistic. Islam restricts primary sources of teachings to the Quran and the Hadith. Sikhism believes in a plurality of Gurus, multiple texts, and is openly accepting of spiritual wisdom from other religions.
- 1 God
- 2 Guru, Messengers, Prophets
- 3 Social beliefs
- 4 Differences between Islam and Sikhism
- 5 Holy sites
- 6 Sufis and Sikhs
- 7 Historical persecution
- 8 Recent relations
- 9 Ahmadiyya Muslims and Sikhism
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 Further reading
- 13 External links
Guru, Messengers, Prophets
Sikhism believes that there were many rightful messengers, include Krishna, Moses, Jesus, Mohammed and the ten human Gurus of Sikhs.
Muslims believe that there were many prophets and messengers messages for specific 'ummah'. Explicitly these include Jesus and Moses, but implicitly many others around the world. Muslims believe Muhammad was the final and definitive messenger, and that the Qur'an (word of God) and Sunnah (life of the prophet) represent complete and timeless guidance for all of humanity.
Sikhism has an ambivalent attitude towards miracles and rejects any form of discrimination within and against other religions. Sikhism does not believe in rituals, but is permissive of traditions. Sikhism rejects asceticism and celibacy. Sikh guru Nanak accepted reincarnation. Adi Granth of Sikhism includes spiritual wisdom from saints of other religions.
Because Islam considers itself to be a perfect and final religion,  it does not accept doctrinal wisdom or spiritual practice from other religions, and warns against innovation (bid‘ah). Islam also rejects asceticism and celibacy. Islam relates and reiterates miracles and testimonials from other specific Abrahamic faiths, adherents to which are granted status as people of the book. Implicit status has been applied to Sikhs and other Dharmic religions by past rulers. Islam has severe punishments in the afterlife (akhirah) for those who do not submit, who understand and reject Islamic teachings (kafir), polytheists, idolatry, and 'unbelievers'.
Sikhism believes in predestination, and what one does, speaks and hears is already pre ordained, and one has to simply follow the laid down path per God's fiat or Hukum.
Islam also believes in predestination, or divine preordainment (al-qadā wa l-qadar), God has full knowledge and control over all that occurs. According to Islamic tradition, all that has been decreed by God is written in al-Lawh al-Mahfūz, the "Preserved Tablet".[full citation needed]
Differences between Islam and Sikhism
Articles of Faith
The Five Pillars of Islam (Arabic: أركان الإسلام) is the term given to the five duties incumbent on every Muslim. These duties are Shahada (profession of faith), Salat (prayers), Zakat (giving alms), Sawm (fasting during ramadan) and Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca). Different Shi'a groups have additional practices which usually substantially overlap with the five Sunni pillars.
For Sikhs, prayers consist of script recitation. For most Sikhs there are five daily prayers which are recommended, but not strictly obligatory (depending on particular branch of Sikhism). There are three morning prayers, one evening prayer, and one bedtime prayer.
Five daily prayers (or salat) are prescribed in detail in Islam. These consist of ritual cleanliness (wudu), script recitation, and ritual prostration in the direction of the qiblah. They are performed at five times: pre-dawn, post-noon, and specific parts of of sunset. Salat is one of the pillars of Islam, and is obligatory for Muslims.
Muslims must only consume halal foods, which include sacrificial ritual and reduced meat consumption. Muslims fast for the month of Ramadan. Sikhs are strictly prohibited from eating meat killed in sacrifice (kutha meat) as it's considered inhumane. Sikhs must eat approved (or 'jhatka' meat). Many Sikhs including Gurudwara langar are lacto-vegetarian.
Grooming & Public Appearance
Sikh men and women follow the the five Ks to distinguish their appearance. They may not cut their hair (kesh) and men must wear turbans. Men and women must also carry a wodden comb, a metal bracelet, wear kachera underwear, and carry a kirpan (defensive sword). Sikh do not practice circumcision.
Muslim males are circumcised, required to grow their beards and body hair, old men are encouraged to colour their hair, and men have modest dress restrictions. Muslim women are required to conform with hijab. Muslim men and women practice adab at all times, including gender segregation.
Work, Taxation & Charity
Islam compels payment of a special tax called Jizya from dhimmi, non-Muslim believers living in Muslim states. In practice, Jizya has been a tool of social stratification and subordination of non-Muslims, in some cases creating financial and political incentives to convert to Islam, and in others providing incentives for the ruling class to conceal Islam. Muslims are encouraged to work, and all Muslims are always obligated to pay alms of 2.5% wealth (i.e. assets, income) yearly (zakat).
Islam is a religion with strict laws. These laws are interpreted by qualified legal scholars, called Ulama. Free interpretation of the religion is considered Bid‘ah, a sin. Apostasy or vocal heresy may be punishable by death in an Islamic state.
Sikhism allows apostasy and free interpretation.
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The Golden Temple Amritsar India (Sri Harimandir Sahib Amritsar) is not only a central religious place of the Sikhs, but also a symbol of human brotherhood and equality. The four entrances of this holy shrine from all four directions, signify that people belonging to every walk of life are equally welcome. The Golden Temple is a holy site for Sikhs.
Sikhs do not believe in pilgrimages.
Muslims consider Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca) one of the five pillars of Islam.
Sufis and Sikhs
The Sikh Gurus had coordial relations with many Islamic sufi saints. The words of Baba Farid that resonates with panenthiestic Sikh Philosophy were included in Guru Granth Sahib by fifth Guru Guru Arjan Dev for example
"Fareed, the Creator is in the Creation, and the Creation abides in God. Whom can we call bad? There is none without Him. ||75|| "(Guru Granth Sahib)
In December 1588, a Sufi saint of Lahore, Mian Mir, who was a close friend of Guru Arjan Dev, initiated the construction of the Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) by laying the first foundation stone.[better source needed]
- Bhagat Beni
- Bhagat Bhikhan
- Fariduddin Ganjshakar (Baba Farid)
- Bhagat Sadhana
Guru Hargobind, (sixth Guru of the Sikhs), after the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev saw that it would no longer be possible to protect the Sikh community without the aid of arms. He built Akal Takhat the Throne of the Immortal and it is the highest political institution of the Sikhs and he also wore two swords of Miri and Piri.
Guru Tegh Bahadur (ninth Guru) was beheaded at Chandni Chowk, Delhi for protecting Kashmiri Pandits who were forced to convert to Islam by Aurangzeb, along with fellow devotees Bhai Mati Das, Bhai Sati Das and Bhai Dayala. Tenth Guru Guru Gobind Singh formed Khalsa known as Army of Akal Purakh (Immortal) and Gave 5 Ks to Khalsa . Two of the younger sons of Guru Gobind Singh aged only 9 and 7 were bricked up alive by the Muslim governor Wazir Khan in Sarhand (Punjab). When Guru Gobind Singh was in South India, he sent Banda Singh Bahadur to chastise the tyrannical Mughal faiy`dar of Sirhind. Banda Singh captured Sirhind and laid the foundation of Sikh empire
During Mughal Emperor Akbar's rule, diverse religions were temporarily accepted. Akbar visited third Sikh Guru, Guru Amardas at Goindwal and taken Langar ie free kitchen there and offered donations for Langar.
During the partition of India in 1947, there was much bloodshed between Sikhs and Muslims, there was mass migration of people from all walks of life to leave their homes and belongings and travel by foot across the new border, on trains and on land people were killed in what was felt to be revenge attacks. Millions of Sikhs left Pakistan and moved into India, while millions of Muslims left India and moved into Pakistan.
In 2010 the Taliban attacked many minorities including Sikhs resulting in two beheadings.
Ahmadiyya Muslims and Sikhism
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Sikhs and Ahmadi Muslims have historically had very good relations. A lot of Sikh religious representatives are often invited to the Ahmadiyya National Jalsa in Qadian, India. Even today Sikhs have very good relations with the Ahmadi Muslims. The Fourth Calif of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community referred to Sikhs as his own brothers. In 2005 the fifth Calif of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community visited Qadian India where he met several Sikh leaders who showed him great love and affection due to their historical strong ties with Ahmadies. Ahmadies view Guru Nanak as a very holy person and a great Saint. Thus Guru Nanak serves as a great uniting factor between Ahmadi Muslims and Sikhs. In fact Sikhism as known today was started around 200 years after the Gurus death. Guru Nanak did not teach the 5 k's of Sikhism. These were introduced by the 10th Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, who also introduced the element of militancy into Sikhism. They claim that Guru Gobind Singh had political problems with the Moghuls (who were Muslims) some of whom at times unfairly persecuted non-Muslims. As a result of these political wars some people of the Punjab region started resenting the Moghuls and all that they stood for; which of course included their religion Islam. Overtime the movement against Moghuls became stronger and stronger and the hatred towards Moghuls also turned into hatred towards Islam by some Sikhs. Guru Gobind Singh played a key role in organising a military against the Moghuls and introduced the 5 k's to them as well. At the time of Guru Nanak's death there were no Sikhs as known today. At his funeral only Muslims and Hindus were present and both demanded the body of Guru Nanak. Hindus wanted to burn it as they claimed that he was born into a Hindu family. Muslims wanted to bury the body . The founder of the Ahmadiyya, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, also wrote a book called Sat Bachan in the late 19th century in which he defended Guru Nanak against attacks by a prominent Hindu leader of the time. In his book, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad demonstrates that Guru Nanak was not a person of bad character as claimed by some Hindus at the time but was a very pious holy saint.
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