Sunday, November 23, 2008

FATWA on YOGA attracts real AUMMM in the NEWS

As expected, the National Fatwa Council yesterday announced that Muslims are prohibited from practising yoga.
In declaring yoga haram, the council said it could be traced back to Hinduism and concluded that yoga could erode the faith of Muslims.

Council chairman Datuk Dr Abdul Shukor Husin said the decision was made as yoga involved elements that were against the beliefs of Islam in its physical movements, chanting and worship.

"Many Muslims in the country fail to understand the ultimate aim of yoga.

"It combines physical movements, religious elements, chanting and worshipping for the purpose of achieving inner peace and ultimately to be one with God," he said at a press conference to announce the decision yesterday.
Shukor said once the fatwa was gazetted, it would be passed on to the states to decide on the enforcement.

Malaysia, he said, was not alone in prohibiting yoga among Muslims as the Singaporean and Egyptian Islamic councils had done the same.

Aum in the News

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Malaysia Today, Malaysia
2 Yoga Ban: Don't question fatwa, says Council
New Straits Times, Malaysia
3 Muslim yoga enthusiasts disappointed
New Straits Times, Malaysia
4 Fatwa Council deems ancient form of exercise from India 'haram'
Malaysia Star, Malaysia
5 Mixed reactions to yoga ban
Malaysia Star, Malaysia
6 Yoga is banned
Straits Times, Singapore
7 Malaysian Muslims issue yoga fatwa
United Press International
8 Malaysian Muslim Authorities Ban Yoga
9 Malaysian Islamic body bans yoga for Muslims
The Benton Crier, IA
10 Malaysian Islamic body bans yoga for Muslims
The Associated Press
11 Malaysian Fatwa Council Wants To Save Women From Becoming Lesbian, Germany
12 (Source: Deseret News (Salt Lake City))Malaysia: Council bans yoga (press release), OR
13 Islamic body bans Yoga for Malaysian Muslims
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14 Top Islamic body: Yoga is not for Muslims
CNN International -
15 Malaysian fatwa agency forbids Yoga for Muslims
Jakarta Post, Indonesia
16 Yoga Forbidden for Malaysian Muslims
Islam Online, Qatar -
17 PAS, PKR and ordinary Muslims criticise yoga ruling
The Malaysian Insider, Malaysia
18 Malaysia outlaws yoga for Muslims
BBC News, UK
19 WORLD at 1000GMT (Pressemitteilung), Austria
20 Malaysian cleric denounces yoga
Radio Australia, Australia
21 Malaysian Muslims warned to stay away from yoga
International Herald Tribune, France
22 Malaysian Fatwa Council Bans Yoga for Muslims, Star Reports
23 National Fatwa Council Rules Yoga To Be 'Haram'
Bernama, Malaysia
24 Malaysia Islamic body bans yoga for Muslims
The Associated Press
25 Yoga forbidden for Muslims in Malaysia: official
26 Nation/World briefs, MI
27 Malaysian Islamic body bans Yoga for Muslims
Press Trust of India, India
28 Malaysias Fatwa Council says yoga with worshipping and chanting is ..., Thailand
29 Malaysia Islamic body bans yoga for Muslims
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30 Malaysian Islamic council bans yoga for Muslims
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Jerusalem Post, Israel -
32 Fatwa council bans yoga
The Malaysian Insider, Malaysia
33 Malaysia Islamic body bans yoga for Muslims
International Herald Tribune, France
34 Fatwa Council says yoga with worshipping, chanting is prohibited
Malaysia Star, Malaysia
35 Malaysian authorities consider yoga ban
BBC News, UK
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New Straits Times, Malaysia
37 Ruling On Yoga This Week
Bernama, Malaysia
38 Malaysia's National Fatwa Council to issue fatwa on Yoga soon, India
39 Yoga fatwa decision this week
Malaysia Star, Malaysia
40 Threat to ban yoga tests boundary of tolerance
The Malaysian Insider, Malaysia
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42 Oh how I wish I am part of the elite stock…
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44 Muslim leaders here say yoga is okay
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45 Yoga ban for Malay Muslims postponed, India
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48 Why all this fuss over an ancient form of exercise?
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49 Muslims in Malaysia to be banned from yoga classes
Zimbabwe Star, Zimbabwe
50 Debate rages in Malaysia over possible yoga ban
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