Malaysia to impose fatwa on yoga
Yoga is becoming very popular in recent times and its followers are increasing all over the world. The soaring popularity of yoga could be gauged by the skyrocketing sales of yoga books, classes and equipment all over the world.
Yoga is a traditional exercise devised by the sagea and hermits of Hindu religion but now it is spread across all religion with big followers in Islam and Christanity.
Fearing the growing popularity of yoga the National Fatwa Council of Malaysia has decided to ban yoga exercise soon. They feel that Muslims who have taken up yoga to stop practising it for fear that it could deviate their belief.
Yoga may soon be outlawed in Malaysia, if a prominent body of clerics which is planning to issue a fatwa on the practice, has its way.
Malaysia's National Fatwa Council is going to impose Fatwa on Yoga after Zakaria Stapa, a lecturer of University of Kebangsaan's Islamic Studies Centre, yesterday advised Muslims who have taken up yoga to stop practising it fearing that it could deviate their belief, local news reports said.
"A ruling would be made by the council's Chairman, Abdul Shukor Husin, in this regard," Deputy Director-General of the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia, Othman Mustapha, quoted as saying by New Straits Times online edition.