• There are 20 million Sikhs in the world, most of whom live in the Punjab province of India. The 2001 census recorded 336,000 Sikhs in the UK.
  • The most important thing in Sikhism is the internal religious state of the individual.
  • Sikhism is a monotheistic religion.
  • The Sikh place of worship is called a Gurdwara.
  • Sikhism was founded in the 16th century in the Punjab district of what is now India and Pakistan. It was founded by Guru Nanak and is based on his teachings, and those of the 9 Sikh gurus who followed him.
  • Sikhs believe that the way to lead a good life is to; keep God in heart and in the mind at all times, to live honestly and work hard, to treat everyone equally, to be generous to the less fortunate and to serve others.
  • The Sikh scripture is the Guru Granth Sahib, a book that Sikhs consider a living Guru
  • The community of men and women who have been initiated into the Sikh faith is the Khalsa. The Khalsa celebrated its 300th anniversary in 1999.