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Explain the importance of music in the Sikh community.

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Religious Studies coursework R2: Explain the importance of music in the Sikh community. Music is a very important part of Sikh worship. This is because Sikhs find that music is a good way for one to learn and absorb scriptures and Sikh beliefs. Shabads (hymns) are sung in a slow and steady tone so that the message contained is clearly understood by the worshippers. ...read more.

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A lot of Sikh prayers are said to music as it is a way of remembering and understanding the words. The morning prayer, the Japji Sahib, is usually sung and Sikhs usually keep a recording in their car and play it during long journeys. Music is also a way of introducing people to Sikhism. There is a story of a man who was converted to Sikhism, through the power of the words in the music. ...read more.

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Guru Nanak and his friend Mardana accepted his hospitality but instead of going to sleep, they stayed awake singing hymns well into the night. Eventually Saijan began to listen to their words and became captivated by the message of liberation that they contained. At last he burst in upon the singers and asked to become a Sikh. The lesson to the story was showing that the effort Saijan made was to put his self-centredness behind him. He then refocused his attention on Guru Nanak, and through him, on God in the form of the hymns he had heard. ...read more.

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