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Article extracted from NBC news:
Malaysia's National Fatwa Council, comprising Islamic scholars, had told Muslims last weekend to avoid yoga because it uses Hindu prayers that could erode Muslims' faith. But the decision drew a sharp rebuke from many Muslims and even Malaysia's sultans, or hereditary rulers, who said that they should be consulted on any matters involving Islam.
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi moved to contain the damage, telling the national news agency Bernama that Muslims could carry on doing yoga but minus the chanting.
"I wish to state that a physical regime with no elements of worship can continue, meaning, it is not banned. I believe that Muslims are not easily swayed into polytheism," he said.
Just before Abdullah spoke, the eldest son of the ruler of the central Negeri Sembilan state took the government to task over the yoga edict.
"Islam is a progressive religion and the ulama (scholars) should be confident of the followers' faith rather than micro-managing their way of life," Tunku Naquiyuddin told a luncheon.
"If I go to a church or a Buddhist temple, is there any fear of me converting? ... Where do we draw the line?" the online version of the Star newspaper quoted him as saying.
Thank god for the uplift of ban. But I have realised in my session, some of my participants are little reluctant to participate even the breathing sessions but with simple explanation & benefits I was able to overcome. I did not use any sanskrit terms or the names of the posture as advised, instead just demonstrated with proper posturing your confidence level will grow from internal (this was a class on communication - session on body language). But I guess the stigma will be there at their back of their minds when broadcasting has done its influence. It would take sometime to reverse or change the mind set. So meanwhile I associate those postures to other exercises like swimming, martial art - silat, tai chi to create the awareness. The only thing I realised, I had to change my style to adopt to the environment but the message was intact.
Thanks for posting the articles.
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