Headlines "Fatwa Council deems ancient form of exercise from India 'haram' for Muslims"
When: w/end of 22nd November 2008
Reaction - what fucking stupid shit is this man!
Now, can you imagine the shock that I got when I woke up the next day after a hard night of drinking to reading this blady stupid statement in the paper. Come on man!!!! We live in a country where we have been preaching about multi racial lifestyle and living in peace and harmony! Hindu, Muslim, Chinese & Christians - these are just religious beliefs that individuals live by and lead their individual private life. When it comes to the social world - we are all MALAYSIAN'S for crying out loud.
This is what the Chairman of Fatwa said:
"Because yoga had been practised by the Hindu community for thousands of years and incorporated physical movements, religious elements together with chants and worshipping, with the aim of “being one with God, we believe that it is inappropriate for Muslims to do yoga. The council is declaring that practising yoga, when it comes together with the three elements, is haram to Muslims"
To make matters even more pathetic, a one professor from a certain local university advised all the Muslim individuals who are involved in yoga sessions, to stop for fear that they could deviate from the teachings of Islam.
This is what I, an ordiniary Malaysian with an ordiniary life, know about yoga:
"Yoga is a scientific system of physical and mental practices that originated in India more than three thousand years ago. Its purpose is to help each one of us achieve our highest potential and to experience enduring health. With Yoga, we can extend our healthy, productive years far beyond the accepted norm and, at the same time, improve the quality of our lives. "
So, it has been said that Yoga is from India - everything originates from somewhere.
Yoga is said to help with breathing - which is universal right - coz everyone regardless of religion need to breathe right.
If you're interested in reading more about how yoga can help individuals, this is a good link:
So in summary, I think us Malaysian's need to start thinking, acting, living and being as ONE nation rather than picking on these stupid small issues. There are so many other major issues that needs attention but somehow everyone is focusing on these non-problem matters that has no direct positive impact in anyone's life because we have all been living this way pretty well before these moron's came up with this crap.
Final note - if yoga is "haram" then maybe they should also consider thes following words that also come from the Sankrit language - which is also from India so based on the statement, should be "haram" as well - raja, putera, puteri.