Modern moderate Malaysia's Muslims have done it again:
Top Islamic body: Yoga is not for MuslimsCertainly, the fatwa is called for. See how vulnerable the Perfect Faith is to the evil kufr? Yoga is merely aping the dreaded polytheists of India, of which every good slave of Allah knows are enemies of the Religion of Peace! Now with this righteous decision in place, the Mohammedans can concentrate on more important issues, like the jihad and creating more and more Muslims (by procreation, conversion or marriage). I'm sure my Mohammedan 'friends' like Mr. Ghazi would agree, right guys?
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia's top Islamic body on Saturday ruled against Muslims practicing yoga, saying it had elements of other religions that could corrupt Muslims.
he National Fatwa Council's non-binding edict said yoga involves not just physical exercise but also includes Hindu spiritual elements, chanting and worship.
"It is inappropriate. It can destroy the faith of a Muslim," Council chairman Abdul Shukor Husin told reporters.
He noted that clerics in Egypt issued a similar edict in 2004 that called the practice of yoga "an aberration."
Though the council's decisions are not legally binding on Malaysia's Muslim population, many abide by the edicts out of deference, and the council does have the authority to ostracize an offending Muslim from society.
The Malaysia fatwa reflects the growing strain of conservatism in Malaysia, which has always taken pride in its multi-ethnic population. About 25 percent of Malaysians are ethnic Chinese and 8 percent ethnic Indians, mostly Hindus.
Recently, the council issued an edict banning tomboys, ruling that girls who act like boys violate the tenets of Islam.