Four cardinal sins

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When a Sikh gets baptised, he or she is strictly required to refrain from the following actions:

  • 1. Cutting or trimming of any hair,
  • 2. Fornication or adultery,
  • 3. Eating of meat or flesh of an animal slaughtered in a slow and painful manner; kutta or halal meat of the Muslim tradition or kosher meat of the Jewish tradition. Both methods require a slow and seemingly cruel death as the throat of an animal is slit while the two religions' prayers are said over the frightened animal by the Muslim or Jewish butcher, as its life giving blood (considered ritualy unclean) is drained away.
  • 4. Any use of any tobacco product.

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