Religion is derived from the Latin Religare, which means to bind together or re-unite. The term Re-unite shows in itself that, only that one re-unites who is separated from someone. Here, the soul is separated from the Supreme Soul who is called Yahweh, Ahura Mazda, God, Allah, Parmatma, Wahguru etc. by various religions.
So Religion is primarily, a path, leading to the re-unification process. Many Prophets, Messengers of God, Mahatmas have shown many Paths from time to time,which are embedded in various scriptures.
Sikhism or more accurately Gurmat (ਗੁਰਮਤਿ), is a distinct Path leading to that goal. Sri Guru Nanak Sahib and his nine descendents are the Mentors of this distinct religion, who lived as Humans from 1469 AD to 1708 AD. Today, this Path is shown primarily in two Scriptures – Guru Granth Sahib and Sri Dasam Granth Sahib. Other Sikh Scriptures are expositions of these two. Some of the Primary features are:
As a Panthic religion, the Gurmantra is allotted by the five beloved ones, called Panj Pyaras (ਪੰਜ ਪਿਆਰੇ), instead of one-person-Guru. This Initiation Ceremony is called Khande ki Pahul (ਖੰਡੇ ਕੀ ਪਾਹੁਲ).