Yoga and Islam are synonymous: Muslim Rashtriya Manch

Government releases book on ‘Yoga and Islam’

yoshika

Yoshika Sangal | June 18, 2015 | New Delhi


#ayush department   #yoga   #international yoga day  

Amid controversies and campaign against yoga in the Muslim community, the Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM), a wing of RSS, has come out with a 32-page booklet ‘Yoga and Islam’.

Minister of state for AYUSH, Shripad Naik, launched the book on Wednesday in New Delhi. The book has been compiled by Imran Chaudhary and Abhijeet Singh.

Mohammad Afzal, the national convener of the MRM, answered questions regarding the recent opposition of the Muslim organisation to perform the Surya Namaskar, claiming it to violate the monotheistic nature of Islam.

“Allah praises the sun for the benefits that it gives mankind, and saluting the sun for giving us warmth and light is pivotal. On the other hand, regarding the sun as the God that we worship is completely unacceptable.”

“Namaz is a form of yoga which involves yogic postures. The words Islam and yoga are synonyms of each other. There is no difference between these two terms. The difference is only in the language and how people express it. If Hindus say ‘yoga’ and Muslims say ‘namaz’, it conveys the same thing,” he added.

Naik said, “It is an extraordinary effort made by the state in order to remove existing misunderstandings and this book justly represents the relationship between yoga and Islam.”

The booklet contains 12 chapters that regard yoga as non-religious. It states that yoga is not related to Islam, Sikhism, Jainism, Hinduism etc. and that yoga is a paramount for the attainment of truth. The book also claims that Prophet Mohammad was a “great yogi”.

“Regarding yoga as anti-Islamic is misleading, because if you closely look at the body postures in the Naaz, then including ‘vrajasana, eight other yogic positions are a part of it,” Naik added.

MRM is promoting yoga in schools, and is allocating a separate period for yoga lessons. The book originally written in Hindi will be soon translated in English and Urdu and will be distributed in all the cities within a few days.
 

Comments

 

Other News

Five years after Nirbhaya: A lot needs to be done

Have things changed five years after the Nirbhaya incident? I see Delhi as the capital of protest, not just capital of rape as it is often painted. In terms of legislation, in 2013 one-stop-centres were set up after the landmark report of Justice Verma Committee and Justice Usha

Winter session will be productive: Modi

The winter session of parliament is starting and I am confident that it will be productive session, said prime minister Narendra Modi on Friday. He hoped that there is “constructive debate and we come up with innovative solutions to our nation`s problems”. Speaking

Know more about Project 75

When prime minister Narendra Modi dedicated Kalvari submarine to the nation, it was significant for more than one reason. Not only did the submarine enhance India’s capability as a blue water navy, it also highlighted Project 75 that focused on a major exercise to build six submarines.

Deadline for linking Aadhaar with services extended till March 31

 A five judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court in its interim ruling on Friday has fixed the deadline for linking Aadhaar with services including mobile numbers as March 31, 2018.   This excludes opening up of new bank accounts for those already having  Aadhaar. For tho

The fairy-tale thriller

Assembly elections in Gujarat, since 2002, have been like Churchill’s description of Russia – with a little twist: wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma, but eventually a non-riddle. They have been following the same script. When the campaign begins, the outcome looks utterly un

Ascent and dissent

Rahul Gandhi has become the president of India’s grand old party. Nobody else wanted to, since none contested. By any parameter, it is not a welcome move in a democracy. Regardless of your views on his leadership abilities, the fact remains that there was no contest, no election for the top post. The



Video

National Medical Commission will replace Medical council of India

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter