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A Sikh gives (in marriage) his daughter to a Sikh and does not accept any money in exchange. (Guru Pratap Surya) The usual reason given for a Sikh and non-Sikh to get married in a gurdwara is that the Sikh wants to share the occasion with friends and family.A more flippant reason sometimes given for a gurdwara ceremony is that ‘it is colourful’.An even less valid reason is that some gurdwara management committees see mixed marriages in a gurdwara as an additional source of income.Although Sikh attitudes to other religions is one of respect, the Sikh Gurus reminded us that Sikhi is a distinct path in its own right with unique emphasis on the equality of all human beings and it’s far-sighted teachings on gender equality.Sikh and non-Sikh) have been increasing in Gurdwaras across the world despite the Panthic Sikh Rehat Maryada clearly stating that “a Sikh should marry only a Sikh.” Rehitnamas further say: 2.
Sikhs see the one God of us all, the Creator of all that exists, as beyond human understanding.
Sikh should give his daughter (in marriage) to a Sikh. Giving a daughter to a Bhadni (non-Sikh) is like giving nectar to a snake.
(Rehatnama Bhai Desa Singh) (ੲ) ਕੰਨਯਾ ਦੇਵੈ ਸਿਖ ਕੋ, ਲੇਵੈ ਨਹਿ ਕੁਛ ਦਾਮ। ਸੋਈ ਮੇਰਾ ਸਿਖ ਹੈ, ਪਹੁੰਚੇਗੋ ਮਮ ਧਾਮ। (ਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਤਾਪ ਸੂਰਜ) 3.
This belief is central to the Sikh marriage ceremony in which the bride and groom affirm that they will henceforth be as one in mutual support and service to family and wider society.
While Abrahamic faiths share our belief in one God, their view of the Almighty is of someone having human attributes of gender, birth, favoritism, jealousy and anger.Sikhi uniquely rejects asceticism in favour of married life.