Yoga is unofficially “haram” to Muslim Malaysians although the words they use are more subtle – like ‘no physical movements, no worshiping and chantings’. It just another way of saying Yoga is banned to a Malaysian Muslim.
From Straits Times:
The National Fatwa Council, which has the authority to rule on how Muslims must conduct their faith, issued a fatwa, or edict, saying yoga involves not just physical exercise but also includes Hindu spiritual elements, chanting and worship.
Council chairman Abdul Shukor Husin told reporters that many Muslims who practice the globally popular yoga failed to understand that its ultimate aim was to be one with a god of a different religion.
‘We are of the view that yoga, which originates from Hinduism, combines physical exercise, religious elements, chanting and worshipping for the purpose of achieving inner peace and ultimately to be one with god,’ he said.
‘It is inappropriate. It can destroy the faith of a Muslim,’ he said.
The Fatwa Council’s decisions are not legally binding on Muslims, who comprise nearly two-thirds of Malaysia’s 27 million people, unless they are enshrined in national or Shariah laws.
On November 9, quoting news report from Straits Times, The Star said Yoga centres are flourishing in more orthodox Muslim countries such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. In Iran, yoga is so popular that there are classes for children.
In Singapore, Mohammad Yusri Yubhi Md Yusoff, 33, executive imam of Al-Falah mosque, said: “Yoga may have its roots in Hinduism. But if you take away the meditation and other spiritual aspects, it becomes just another form of exercise.”
Meanwhile Malaysiakini said Wanita Umno “June transition plan is now null and void” after Shahrizat decided to take on the incumbent. A true democracy ala Umno.