Here are a few facts about Sikhism and some of its guiding tenets:
— World's fifth-largest religion with more than 25 million followers.
— Originated in Punjab, India, more than 500 years ago.
— Monotheistic religion begun by Guru Nanak, the first prophet; nine gurus (enlighteners) have followed.
— Articles of faith include unshorn hair (kesh) to symbolize harmony with God, steel bracelet (kara), ceremonial dagger (kirpan), small comb (kanga) and kachera (soldier shorts).
— Turbans worn as commitment to faith.
— Belief in working for absolute equality, promoting social welfare and fighting against injustice as sacred duties.
Source: Sikh Coalition, Reuters, Religion News Service