Malaysians Ban Yoga for Muslims

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Interesting read over at the On Faith section of the Washington Post:


Malaysia’s top Islamic body fresh from banning tomboys issued an edict Saturday that prohibits Muslims from practicing yoga, saying that elements of Hinduism in the ancient Indian exercise could corrupt them.

The National Fatwa Council’s chairman, Abdul Shukor Husin, said many Muslims fail to understand that yoga’s ultimate aim is to be one with a god of a different religion…

Interesting line: “to be one with god of a different religion.” Does this suggest that this specific brand of Islam is polytheistic? Our god versus your god must mean that there are at least two gods in someone’s mind. Everyone breathe deep and strike a pose, say downward god… er, dog. I meant dog.

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