Ik Onkar is the central belief in Sikhism.
Let me elaborate.
Each time I meet and see a Sikh, the first thing that come to my mind is IK ONKAR. This term immediately makes me feel closer to my brothers and sisters in Sikhism. Ik means, one and only one, the one that cannot be compared with any other. Onkar means God.
So Ik Onkar can be summarized as One God – the one Absolute God, the Eternal, the Supreme Unity.
Ik Onkar has a central and prominent place at the head of the Mul Mantar - the first composition in the Sikh holy text, the Adi Granth – later became the Guru Granth Sahib. Ik Onkar is the first name our Sikh brothers and sisters call upon in prayer each time they go to the Gurdwara.
I find it very similar to one of our most repeated chapters in the Quran, Al-Iklas.
“Say: He is Allah, the One and Only; Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; He begetteth not, nor is He begotten; And there is none like unto Him.”
Another verse always come to mind, too.
“The most beautiful names belong to Allah: so call on him by them; but shun such men as use profanity in his names: for what they do, they will soon be requited” Quran 7:180
To my Sikh brothers and sisters, thank you.
Please continue the sharing that you are really good at, not just at Gurdwaras within Malaysia, but all over the world. May your spirit of giving acts like a virus that spreads to all of humanity.
Ik Onkar and Peace,