Friday, November 07, 2008

Yoga Exercise Deviates From The Teachings Of Islam? Fatwa Council To Announce Ruling

The National Fatwa Council has deferred announcing its ruling on yoga exercise scheduled to be made Friday, as the council chairman is abroad.

The Islamic Development department (Jakim) director-general Datuk Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz said the announcement would have to be made some other time as fatwa council chairman Prof Datuk Dr Abdul Shukor Husin is in Jordan on an official trip.

“We will check when he (Shukor) is able to make the announcement once he returns home from his trip. The media will be informed when we have a confirmed date from the council chairman,” Wan Mohamad told The Star on Friday.

It was earlier reported that the National Fatwa Council would come out with a ruling on yoga exercise on Friday. The ruling is related to the faith of Muslims who practised yoga where Jakim had carried out an in-depth study on the issue over six months.

Recently, 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 3,000 BC and is said to help slow down ageing, reduce risk of diabetes, asthma and heart-related diseases.

Asked if the council would need more time to dissect the issue, Wan Mohamad said the matter had already been discussed and deliberated at length and it was prepared to address the matter.

Wan Mohamad however declined to reveal if the fatwa would prevent Muslims from practising yoga, saying any announcement would have to come from the council. (The Star)

***** With the world economy in shambles and a million important issues the nation is preoccupied with, a fatwa on the practice of yoga isn't something the people are waiting for with bated breath. But it does speak of the pathetic pettiness to which the religious authorities have sunk to over the past few years.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

What to do. This is Malaysia mah. Malaysia bolih!
Why worry about the world economy? Don't worry, be happy. Just pray & hope that food will fall from the sky!

2:00 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this country is getting boleh here n there without thinking wat's the most important. wat the heck man. an exercise is banned??!! cud deviate from the teachings??!! i can't believe it !!

2:50 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous abu said...

Tai chi and chi gong next on the list to be fatwa-ed?

1:38 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Purple Haze said...

Regardless of what the Fatwa Council decides, is it possible that they provide some transparency in the form of the research that they have conducted in arriving at their decision (whatever it is).

In that way, both Muslims and non-Muslims can understand the decision criteria.

Or am I dreaming ?

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Segregation via race and religion at work. UMNO always quick to condemn USA but US has true democracy. Here corruption and greed is staple diet!!!

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Anonymous TomCat said...

"The National Fatwa Council has deferred announcing its ruling on yoga exercise scheduled to be made Friday, as the council chairman is abroad".

As if the Council did not know their chairman will be abroad when they scheduled the Friday. He can't be just only a sleeping puppet mouthpiece.
It is obvious they have painted themselves into a corner, and are trying to buy time,hoping the matter will be forgotten. Typical UMNO sickness - foot-in-the-mouth disease!

11:42 AM GMT+8  
Blogger walski69 said...

For anyone interested, I've created a poll to ascertain what people reckon the decision will (or won't) be.

And I, too, have this nagging suspicion that they'd rather forget the whole can of worms they opened... or say more research is needed (and then forget the whole thing).

6:50 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maklumlah in the days of Islam Hadari circa 600 AD, there was no yoga. So no yoga allowed now. Also there were no electricity, piped water, air conditioning, computers, planes and motor vehicles. So be warned that these are gonna be banned too

11:52 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All started from a university professor......

With such (back-ward thinking) lecturers that we have, is it any suprise that our country is sliding down the drain?

Change is what this country ....and we need it FAST!

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Blogger Navi said...

Prof. Thapa? How did he earn his professorship? It is idiots and scumbags like this that bring shame to Islam and the Muslims.
The prophet himself went into caves away from the bustle of his home and village to receive the message from angel Gabriel.Wasn't there an element of meditation in the Prophet's act?
As a Muslim I am ashamed by these consistent acts of taking backwards steps in the name of our precious religion.

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Blogger mikemathew said...

A Muslim Yoga teacher has taken up cudgels against Malaysia's powerful clergy's move to ban Yoga, saying it was a meditational and scientific technique and had nothing to do with religion. When we are strong in our faith, why would we want to deviate? The professor s statement is totally uncalled for," she was quoted by New Straits Times online edition as saying today.She was referring to Stapa's statement that Yoga could be traced back to Hinduism and that practising it could cause Muslims to deviate from the teachings of Islam.



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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember the song "Negara kuku"? Even the professor is singing a "kuku" song for the Malaysians with shallow fatwa.Very sad indeed for a university professor to underate his fellow Malaysians as being uneducated,uncivilised and not able to separate religion and secular matters. We wish that he undertake another doctoral program on theology, this time round on comparisons of religions of the world, west and east.Seek universality in this religions and explain why there is one god for all and why there are many holy books with many-many interpretations made by men, generations after generations.Interpretations get diluted, distorted,corrupted and most of all with interests underlying them.There is no higher form of teaching of mankind than reasoning.

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I'm a muslim
I dont support yoga 2 be banned
n I dont agree with those comments that seems kurang hajar to me. Dont insult others God please

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