Do Sikhs Believe in Saints and Prophets?

Saints, Prophets, and Gurus in Sikhism

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Portrait of Guru Gobind Singh
Guru Gobind Singh portrait. (Gurbar Akaal/Wikimedia Commons)

The Sikh notion of a saint or prophet is called a guru, meaning one who can offer salvation, and deliver a soul from darkness, into light.

The Sikh religion formed over a period of about 300 years. During this time ten gurus offered guidance to the Sikhs. Sikhism teaches that divine light infused the gurus with spiritual inspiration. Each illuminated master contributed individual concepts, philosophies, and ethics, to the Sikh religion.

At the time of death, each guru appointed a successor. Guru Gobind Singh named the Sikh scripture, Guru Granth, as his successor. The light divine passed from guru to guru and now resides eternally with Guru Granth, the Sikh scripture.