Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Marina Mahathir lawan fatwa



Its chairman Datuk Dr Abdul Shukor Husin said although merely doing the physical movements of yoga minus the worshipping and chanting might not be wrong in the eyes of the religion, it should be avoided as “doing one would lead to another”. (How do they know this? Is evidence unnecessary?)

“In Islam, one must not do things which can erode one’s aqidah or faith. Doing yoga, even just the physical movements is a step towards an erosion of one’s faith in the religion, hence Muslims should avoid it,” he told a press conference. (Ahh...that we are so weak-willed when we exercise that our faith collapses so easily...)

He added after studying the matter, including the history and purpose of yoga where the ultimate aim was to “be one with God”, the council decided that it was inappropriate for Muslims as it could affect one’s faith. (But obviously they never went to observe a class?)

Asked if the decision would draw flak within the Malaysian community, including the non-Muslims, he said the ruling was only meant for Muslims and the rest were free to practise yoga. (Lucky them...)

“The fatwa (edict) is meant solely for the Muslims to follow. The non-Muslims need not question or debate about this because they are free to do whatever they wish. It is the Muslims who have to adhere to this,” he added. (Whereas us Muslims are not free to think for ourselves...)

Shukor said once the edict was gazetted, it would be up to the state governments on how they plan to implement and enforce the ruling as religious affairs come under its purview. (Now this will be interesting. Which state will enact such laws and HOW do they plan to implement them? Raid yoga centres? Raid private homes?)


@dam said...

I like to move it, move it,
I like to move it, move it,
I like to move it, move it,
I like to...MOVE IT!

Fatwa say Muslims can't do's un-Islamic if you do it in Yoga form...

I wonder why don't they do better things such as having a booth here and there to catch Muslim club-goers in scantily clothes, those who drink alcohol, and those who khalwat!!!

uh-oh...btw, when Muslim do their prayers, look very much like down-ward dog in Yoga!!!....oopss!

Blogger donplaypuks® said...

Why is the Fatwa Council here playin the holier than thou role?

If we exclude Egypt, and we don't know what exactly is banned, then that's probably 98% of the Muslim world where Yoga is NOT banned.

Factor in the Christian, Buddhist, Sikhs, Jews and others, then that's probably 99% of the world where Yoga is NOT banned.

What evidence does the FC have the Malaysian Muslims are a mentally or morally challlenged weak lot that they are are in danger of being Hinduised by stretching their limbs

Outside of Egypt (and now M'sia) no one thinks of Yoga as a sinister plot by Hindus to proselytise the unbelievers, least of all M'sian Muslims.

I say it's time for moderate Muslims to speak up and get rid of this vermin FC which does not outlaw corruption but spends it's gaji buta time driving a wedge between the Peoples of Malaysia and irritating us.

Blogger SHEIK AL KHOR said...

//There are many other forms of exercise that Muslims can partake especially when the religion promotes healthy living and lifestyle. Performing prayers for example is a good form of exercise,” he said. (But we're supposed to pray anyway, not just for exercise.)//

You are right, MarinaM. As far as I know performing prayers are a serious matter and NOT an exercise! Prayer is a spiritual communion with God or an object of worship; it is a religious observance, either public or private, consisting wholly or mainly of prayer.

Whilst exercise is a regular series of specific movements designed to strengthen or develop some part of the body or some faculty; it is activity for the purpose of training or developing the body or mind; systematic practice; esp., bodily exertion for the sake of health.

By making an example with the use of this phrase -- “Performing prayers for example is a good form of exercise.” is a total ignorant of the definitions of prayer and exercise. By the way, is this Prof Zakaria Stapa, a truly qualified lecturer of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Islamic Studies Centre? If yes, I would like to ask him to define these two words. Also, he should further explain or enlighten me as to how a Muslim could pray and exercise at the same time? How to do it practically?

I am just curious, if prayers are a good form of exercise, in future the PE teachers or instructors of all the Malaysian schools may have no right to demand any Muslim student to perform PE lessons if some of them prefer to perform prayers in the classrooms instead. What will happen then?


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