Sikhs Muslims Hindus
Though the Sikh religion grew from the Hindu roots of Guru Nanak who saw absurdities in many of the old Hindu rituals, we wish that Hindus would bear in mind the historical fact that Sikhi has evolved to be a separate religion. It is different from Hinduism, which has already absorbed at least two religions which like Sikhi were begun by individuals who began their sojourn on earth as Hindus. As Hinduism has claimed Buddha as an Avatar of Vishnu and added Jainism into the Sanatana Dharmic fold there are many Hindus, especially several Hindutva movements, who wish to absorb Sikhi as well, claiming that Sikhs were the martial wing of the Hindu religion created to protect Hinduism.
We hold that the Katri forces of traditional Hinduism were the Martial Hindus whose Artha was to provide protection for the whole of Hinduism. Sikhi was begun as a movement independent of both the Hindu and Islamic Religions. Some Muslim writers have also recently claimed that Guru Nanak and his followers were part of the Muslim fold. Sikhi was in its early years a religion of peace which took in members who were formerly Hindus and Muslims. As Sikhs they ate together independant of varna and, no minor detail, women were considered equal as 'sutee' and the shuning of widows were ended by Guru Nanak.
It was only after the brutal and tortuous death of Guru Arjan that Sikhi began to evolve out of neccesity, when most of the traditional 'warriors' of Hinduism—the Rajputs actually joined the Moghuls in subjugating the common men and women of the Punjab and India. When Guru Hargobind took to the 'sword' the Sikhs, though at first only in a defensive attitude, began to master Horsemanship and the use of weapons. It took the tortured slaying of another Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur, and his brave companions to move Guru Gobind Singh to create an army of Saint-Soldiers, the Panj Piares and the Khalsa charged with protecting those of any religion under attack by another.
Did the Hindus thank the Sikhs for their blood and their sacrifices? No, the 'Warriors' of the Hindus, the Rajput hill chiefs around Anandpur sought Mughal help in exiling the Sikhs from land that Guru Tegh Bahadur had purchased from the predessesor of one of their number. Did they then consider the Sikhs to be their fellow Hindus, created to protect them or did they set out to wipe them from the face of the earth?
So if we were not Hindus then are we Hindus today……we can only repeat the words of Bhai Kahn Singh, Hum Hindu Nahin (We are not Hindus). We may have sprung from the same roots but we hold ourselves to be of a different Tree. A tree which believes in only One God while respecting the beliefs and practices of the others' religions as taught by our Holy 'Bani.'
A list of Differing Features and Pratices
Below are some of the different features of the Sikh, Hindu and Muslim Religions.
God / Gods
- Hindus - Many 330000000 (and adding, there are temples of Rajnikant and amitabh bachan also)
- Muslims - One Almighty Allah
- Sikhs - One Omnipresent, omnipotent and Omniscient Waheguru Sahib
- Hindu: Saffron(Orange)
- Muslim : Green - the Musalman's religion was begun in the dessert where green was rare, hence its revered status in Islam.
- Sikhs: All colors are equal and used reverently though many sects may prefer white or a rich blue.
- Hindus - Gyatri Mantra
- Muslims - The Kalma
- Sikhs - Mool mantar (IK OANKAAR SATNAAM KARTA PURKH NIRBHAU NIRVAIR AKAL MURAT AJOONI SAIBHAN GUR PARSAD)
- Hindus - Om
- Muslims - Bismilla
- Sikhs - Ek Oankaar
Greetings on meeting each other
- Hindus - Namaste or Ram Ram
- Muslims - Salamand
- Sikhs - Waheguru ji ka khalsa waheguru ji ki fateh and Sat Sri Akal
- For Hindus - Vedas and Puraanas and many more, ULTIMATE DUALITY EVERYWHERE
- Muslims - Quran
- Sikhs - Pooran Guru Sri Guru Granth Sahib
- For Hindus - Haridwar, Tirupati, Vaishno Devi, Hemkund(Himalaya's Bowl), Manikaran (mani of Mata Parvati dropped here), and other hundreds
- Muslims - Mecca
- Sikhs - Every place where Guru Granth Sahib is throned and a congregation takes place as per Sikh ethos. JITHE JAAYE BAHE MERA SATGURU SO THAAN SUHAVA RAAM RAAJE
Places of Worship
- Hindus - Temple or a special area or room at home
- Muslims - Mosque or any where
- Sikhs - Gurudwara or anywhere
Direction faced while Worshiping
- Hindus - East, towards the Sun
- Muslims - Depends on location, can be any direction, always facing towards Makkah
- Sikhs - In Gurdwara towards the SGGS, Outside Gurdwaras the Omnipresent Waheguru Sahib is everywhere; so no direction is more important than another.
Time of Bath
- Hindus - Prata - Early Morning
- Muslims - Vuju before the call prayer
- Sikhs - Normally early morning
- Hindus - Various, Gyatri, Chalisa, artis
- Muslims - Five Prayers
- Sikhs - Five prayers (3 in the morning, 1 in the evening and 1 before going to bed), and a voluntary frequent reading and understanding of the scripture.
- Hindus - Mundan, Janeu
- Muslims - Circumcision
- Sikhs - Amritchhakk, Anand Karaj (Sikh marriage)
- Hindus - Tilak, Bodi [choti], Mouli,
- Muslims - cutting of mustaches in a particular fashion, for 'Salafists'(Ghaznis) beard not to be trimed. In 2007 in several tribal areas of Pakistan barbers have been threatened with death unlees they close their shops and change professions.
- Sikhs - 5 Kakaars (Kachh, kara, kirpan, kesh, kangha) and a turban (men) or scarf (women, though some women choose to wear a turban) to cover one's hair.
Revered Living Individuals
- Hindus - Brahmin
- Muslims - Qazi, Mullah, Sayads
- Sikhs - None, Granthi ji and sevadars takes care of Gurudwara sahib
Rights of Women
- Hindus - Said to be equal today though wives, all to often, still die in 'Kitchen fires.'
- Muslims - Women often strictly controlled, rather than teaching Muslim men to respect women and control their sexual urges women are hidden often from head to toe to avoid inciting the men. In 2007 a Saudi womam was gang raped along with the man she, not her husband, was in a car with. The punishments were less for the attackers who had, as well, comitted homosexuality. A hopefull note is that several non secular Muslim states allow women to be educated and go about without purdah and even to drive an automobile. Mercy killings still occur with a father recently, in Canada, killing his daughter for removing her head scarf while at her highschool (2007).
- Sikhs - Women are considered Equal since the times of Guru Nanak.
- Hindus - Janam Ashtami, Raam Naumi, and other hundreds
- Muslims - Eed
- Sikhs - All days are auspicious if spent in Lord's remembrance though Sikhs meet on various occasions including Vaisakhi [Khalsa creation day], Holla Mohalla, various days associated with Guru sahibaan's life, and on various kirtan samagams.
- Hindus - Halwa, Ladoo, fruits
- Muslims - halal meat (sacrificial lamb)
- Sikhs - Karaah Parshaad Deg
- Hindus - Sanskrit Devnagri Script - mother of all languages
- Muslims - Arabic / Persian / Urdu, all written in a variation of Arabic script.
- Sikhs - No language bar but it is important to learn Gurmukhi (Punjabi) to read Guru Granth sahib and tid-bits of languages like Sanskrit, Pali, Braj, Arabic, Persian and others to better understand meanings of the Baani.