- Deity: a belief in a single, Formless God, with many names, who can be known through mediation. This concept is similar to Islam whose followers believe in a single God who has 99 names. It is very different from the Polythestic belief of Hinduism, which regonizes the existance fo hundreds of million of dieties.
- Reincarnation: They believe in samasara (the repetitive cycle of birth, life and death), Karma (the accumlated sum of one's good and bad deeds, and Reincarnation the belief of a rebirth of life following death. These beliefs are similar to Hinduism.
- Caste System: Sikhs have rejected the caste system of the Hindu religion. They believe that everyone has equal rights and status in the eyes of God.
- Code of Conduct: Sikh Scholars drafted the Sikh Reahit Marayada, the Sikh Code of Conduct. Among other requirements:
- A Sikh is not permitted to have a any allegiances to other religions.
- Sikhs must accept the teachings of the Gurus in their entirety.
- A person who does not follow all of the requirements of Sikhism is not considered a Sikh and may be excommunicated from the Sikh society.
- Unlike most of the great religions in the world, Sikhism is not divided into traditions, sects or cults. If a group attempted to create a new tradition within Sikhism , then the individuals involved would be excommunicated.