Nov 22, 2008

Yoga is not for Muslims

On Saturday, Malaysia's National Fatwa Council - a top religious body - issued an edict, saying it is blasphemous for Muslims to practice yoga. [news report here]

Without meaning any disrespect to the Council or Islam one can say, it is unfortunate that so many people will not be able to enjoy the benefits of a superbly healing system. Though I have usually been critical of playing with the basic tenets of yoga for the sake of selling it, I will welcome if a new form of yoga [give it a totally non-Sanskrit name if that helps] evolves, which makes use of good points of yoga in such a way that it does not hurt anybody's religious sentiments, however conservative they may be.

Yoga means joining; it should not be used as a tool to divide the humanity.