Yoga – TV9 – Dialogue in Kannada

In yesterday’s Tv dialogue on TV9 Kannada channel, i.e on 11th June 2015, on the issue of Yoga being made compulsory in schools, I said that there are fataawaa of scholars discouraging the Muslims from practising yoga.

I opened by saying that Yoga is harmful for mental health. On a research conducted by the Cambridge University, it is proven that Yoga helps to relieve from back pain, but leads to mental illness. 80% of those practising Yoga ended up with Mental illnesses that makes an onset to dementia.

Below here is an excerpt from the article concerning it:

“A large new study done by scientists at Cambridge University prove that yoga helps lower back pain but causes mental illness.

The largest study ever done about the benefits of yoga examined over 5,800 people who did yoga regularly over a two-year period. It concluded that yoga is extremely effective at relieving lower back pain, but yoga caused mental deficiencies in 80% of those studied and some kind of mental illness in over 72% of participants.

The study, funded by the British Institute of Health in collaboration with the U.S. National Institute of Health was published on Monday.”

Secondly, I talked about the issue of ‘Surya Namaskar’. The word ‘Surya Namaskar’ literally means ‘Worship of the Sun God’. Even a politician recently made a statement saying, “When the Muslims are comfortable to worship the moon, why don’t they worship the sun as well?” The politician misunderstood the thing altogether. He assumed the Muslims to worship the moon, since the Muslims start the month by the birth of the moon. I quoted a verse to him from Qur’an, from Chapter no. 41, verse 37, wherein Allah says, “Do not prostrate to the Sun or the Moon. Prostrate to Allah..”

I told them that anciently the concept of Yoga was associated with the salvation and spirituality in various religions such as Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Samkhya Movement (atheism) and others. Yoga works towards connecting physical and mental state to unite with God. Hence I said that the Muslims are not comfortable with the idea of spiritual growth through Yoga.

I even quoted the rejection of Yoga by the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, who denounced the Hatha Yoga.

Yoga is one of the schools of Hinduism. It has mantras to chant, such as Aum, Hreem, Hroom etc, that are connected to the Hindu philosophies. I asked them to give the meaning of Aum and Hreem. I even told them to define and limit the scope of Yoga, since there are various level of Yogas such as Jnana Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga. Even the Aghoris of Haridwar, the cannibals who eat the flesh of dead bodies perform Yoga. I asked them whether they endorse it or reject it.

The coordinator mentioned that people are these days accepting Yoga in Iraq and Pakistan, and asked why we are opposing. I said, “Who in Pakistan are accepting Yoga? Is it the liberals and Modernists or the Orthodox Muslims and scholars?” Hence the discussion was full of questions that were left unanswered.

I even quoted from the scholarly work on this subject, a book written in Arabic language: Dr. Faaris Alwaan – Al Yoga fee meezaanil Naqdil ‘ilmi, which gives various reasons for Muslims to shun Yoga.

I finally concluded by saying that the schools can have stretching exercises and physical fitness program, instead of Yoga that is connected to religious philosophies.

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