Came across this in theSTAR online today…something that Nellie has been telling me about…didnt realise how serious it could be…
Fatwa on yoga to be announced on Friday
KUALA LUMPUR: The National Fatwa Council will come out with a ruling on yoga exercise on Friday, said Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) director-general Datuk Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz.
The ruling is related to the faith of Muslims who practised yoga, Wan Mohamad told reporters after officiating a seminar on faith at the Wilayah Persekutuan Mosque here yesterday.
He said the department had carried out an in-depth study on the issue over six months.
Recently, a lecturer, Prof Zakaria Stapa of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Islamic Studies Centre advised Muslims who had taken up yoga to stop practising it for fear that they could deviate from the teachings of Islam.
Yoga, related to health, has been practised since 3,300 BC and is said to help slow down aging, reduce risk of diabetes, asthma and heart-related diseases.
Also, Wan Mohamad said he regretted the attitude of Muslims in the country who were easily influenced by foreign cultures to the point of affecting their faith.
“When those involved take them as trends, such cultures can lead to a serious crime according to syariah law (Islamic law) and this can destroy the family institution,” he said.
Wan Mohamed said the recent National Fatwa Council ruling to ban tomboyish behaviour, whether in appearance or dressing, was to preserve the faith of Muslims. — Bernama