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Rajaque Rahman, a Practising Muslim talks about how blinkered interpretation of what’s permitted and forbidden in Islam is making the Muslim world hesitant to take advantage of universal healers like yoga and meditation.

Even as I was persuading a group of Muslim elders in Itanagar — the capital city of eastern-most Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh — to give yoga, pranayama and similar ancient Indian techniques a try for a healthy and happy living, the group went serene with the azan for the Jumah (Friday congregational prayer ) from the neighbourhood mosque. As I followed them to the mosque, I noticed the gentleman who was the most vocal and orthodox during the discussion was heading in the opposite direction. When I queried why he wasn’t coming to the prayer, I was flabbergasted by his innocent but distorted logic. “I can’t go to the mosque as I have to pass through shops that slaughter and sell meat of swine to reach there. You know, Islam strictly prohibits swine meat. I would rather miss the prayer than commit haram by going near swine meat,” he reasoned.

Though I knew Islam prohibits eating swine meat, I never imagined somebody would ever interpret that prohibition in such a myopic way. When I pondered over it, I realised this type of blinkered interpretation of what’s permitted and forbidden in Islam is what is making the Muslim world hesitant to take advantage of universal healers like yoga and meditation.

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Like the old man, orthodox Muslims fear the practice of yoga will erode their faith in Allah and Islam. As the Quran and Hadith (Prophet Muhammad’s teachings) have nothing specific that will make practise of yoga haram (forbidden), they based their judgement on their own concocted fear that supposedly ‘Hindu’ elements of yoga would destroy the faith of a Muslim.

As a Muslim who has been practising yoga for over a decade and has experienced the depth of yoga at the physical and spiritual levels, I felt the best way to allay the fear is to look at the Hindu philosophy on yoga and see how and where it contradicts the tenets of Islam. For this, I wouldn’t settle for anything less authentic than Maharishi Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of the Art of Living has given an extensive and lucid commentary on the yoga sutras.

Yoga simply means uniting with the Self. The Yoga Sutras starts by calling itself an enunciation in union. And a self-imposed discipline to attain that union is yoga. Is striving for such a union with the Self against Islam? Definitely not, for Prophet Mohammed has said, “He who knows his own Self knows his Lord.” So anything done in pursuit of knowing the Lord cannot be termed as forbidden in Islam. Instead, it will count as a meritorious act of honouring and following the Prophet. So yoga as a spiritual pursuit is very much permissible in Islam. Dara Shikoh, eldest son of the Mughal Emperor of India, Shah Jahan is known for his Persian translations of the Yoga Vashishta and the Bhagavad Gita.

The best explanation of why yoga is not just a permissible, but also a desirable act for Muslims is to be found in the second sutra of the Yoga Sutras. “Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodhah.” It means yoga is stopping all the modulations of the mind. Ceasing all the outward activities of the mind and reposing in Allah is the ultimate goal of Islam. So any act done to reach such a state cannot be un-Islamic.

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Iraqis get solace in yoga and meditation

In fact, it represents the highest form of ibaadat (prayer). Prophet Mohammed said, “I have a time with God to which even Gabriel, who is pure spirit, is not admitted.” Hence, the soul of prayer is a complete absorption, a state without room for any outward thoughts which is also the ultimate purpose of yoga. So doing yoga asanas with the sole intention of attaining a thoughtless state so that one can connect with Allah wouldn’t make one a bad Muslim.
This leaves only one ground for orthodox mullahs to frown at yoga: that yoga stems from polytheist beliefs of Hinduism. But when yoga means union, how can it be linked to polytheist beliefs? In fact, yoga takes one away from polytheism and leads to Advaita, which is in perfect agreement with the Islamic doctrine of tauhid (oneness of God).

Just because something has its roots in Hinduism, it doesn’t become forbidden for Muslims. If it were so, many arts, languages, foods and cultural practices with roots in other religions, would also be forbidden to Muslims. So, when we can accept foods and music from other cultures, why not the wisdom to unite with the Self?

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74 Responses to “Yoga in Islam : A form of ibaadat (prayer)”

  1. Ensures

    Administrator – Kindly convey my sincere appreciation to Sri Rahman ji for this wonderful blog. Wonderfully bought out how Yoga resonates & is in sync with prayers and concept of Advaita which also is an aspect of Oneness with God in Islam. Great piece of read.

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  2. Ashwin Belagodu

    wonderfully written… Thx for this wonderful blog 🙂
    Also, Hindu’s wont mind visiting a Muslim doctor when he/she is not keeping well and the other way round is also true…

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    • kaleemullamohamedali632

      When a Brahman is dying due to loss of blood will he refuse to take transfusion of a Shudra Muslim’s blood?
      Yoga is not linked to religion in Hinduism the religion of the created born on earth. Islam is a Divine religion of The Creator. He prohibits his creatures worship to his created (like sun moon humans & monkeys) Surya or any creature’s namaskara turns a Muslim into a Non-Muslim.

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  3. Indian

    When jogging or swimming has nothing to do with ‘Hinduism’ or ‘Religion’ how can Yoga or Meditation be strictly a ‘Hindu’ thing? This knowledge is for all mankind.

    If anyone feels that even though “Yoga’ and ‘Mediation’ are beneficial things, but are not following (and dont allow their children to follow it) just because they think it is from another religion, I think it is simply wrong.

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    • siddharth

      Yoga and meditation is from sanatan hindu dharma , the dharma itself in its nature is secular and meant for whole mankind,Literature and knowledge of sanatan hindu dharma like vedas and geeta are pillars of it . Yoga is the practical method of realising the truths in those texts.

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  4. Chidambaram (@chidhu7)

    Positive Article! Just want to point one thing, “Advaita” doesnt only mean “Oneness of God” , It actually means there is no difference between “God” and “Self”.Wonder if that notion would ever be acceptable in Islam.Having said that, Nice work!

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    • Ensures

      IMHO, it does gel with the concept of Islam in my very limited knowledge. As you rightly said is not Oneness – It is actually Non-Dualism (Oneness implies there could be Two-ness or multiple-ness) Islam pretty advocates the same – practices may be on the basis of Dvaita (just like in a Hindu philosophical system) but goal is Non-Duality. Aham Brahmasmi 🙂

      Sufism and Irfan (Tasawwuf) are traditions of Islam that advocates concept of ego destruction (i.e removal of subject/object separation between man and divine) “through various spiritual exercises that increases longing for union with the divine”
      Wahdat al-Wujud or Unity of Being, is the Sufi principle of Tawhid (loosely Advaita). Tawhid implies that all phenomena are manifestations of a single Wujud (being), which is al-Haq (Truth, God)

      Expert comment needed to confirm my interpretaion (Rajaque/Ameen please). My intrepretation is based on my understanding (could be grossly wrong) and hence open to change/withdrawal 🙂

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        • kaleemullamohamedali632

          Islam was founded from 610 to 632Ce. Nothing beyond is Islam once Prophet Mohamed died and ALLAH’s revalations stoped. Sufism is not in Quran its a mystic religion born in later centuries after Hussian was martyred. Little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

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      • kaleemullamohamedali632

        Yoga is not linked to religion in Hinduism the religion of the created born on earth. Islam is a Divine religion of The Creator. He prohibits his creatures worship to his created (like sun moon humans & monkeys) Surya or any creature’s namaskara turns a Muslim into a Non-Muslim.

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        • Deivis

          Creator is active now. Muslims live in the same human body as everybody else. We all breath the same air. We all count from1 to 10 or from 0 to 9. Just we follow different rituals and practices. The purpose of any practice to give you joy, celebration. The extreme worshiping of any practices or rituals just grows up ego i.e. I am somebody special. When you worship everything you cease to exist. Only Allah or the silence remains.

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    • Adnani82

      I just found out about yoga recently and can’t say that I have a good understanding of it yet or that I have practiced it but I recently met with a yogi and at first I thought that everything he does and believes in contradicts with the teachings of Islam but as he started explaining it I found a lot of similarities in beliefs and practices to Islam and I was surfing the net looking for articles that compare the two together and I came across this wonderful article. I would appreciate it if you can send me some other links related to this subject. I believe there might be something there that might help us even better understand our religion and get us closer to God in our ebadat.

      I just wanted to to comment on chidambaram’s post about the meaning of Adavita. I actually don’t know what it means but you mention that it means there is no difference between god and self and an Aya in the Quran came to mind (15:30) where god says: “so when I have fashioned him to perfection and have breathed into him from my spirit ye down to him in submission”. This when god is talking to the Jin about Adam peace be upon him. The point here is that god says the he breathed into Adam with his Spirit. Could this maybe bring the two notions together? Self being ruh or spirit which is actually god’s spirit.

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      • ahmed.mush

        Yeah but Allah didnt tell you to believe that you’re Allah. Astagfir Allah.

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        • Adnani82

          Who said anything about believing that you are Allah. In the hadeeth in bukhari it says “….. and if I (Allah) loved him I become his hearing with which he hears and his eye with which he sees and his hands with he strikes and his foot with which he walks…”. This is what I was referring to becoming one with Allah. I really wish that all muslims would keep an open mind about our lovely religion and not just stick to what the old scholors (which have done a great job may Allah reward them but did not find all the hidden beautiful mysteries in our religion) have to say. In the Quran Allah always says “afala yatafakaroon” which means “do they no contemplate or reflect” and we really don’t like to contemplate we only want to become followers and not think for ourselves. We need to always contemplate the Quaran and Ahadeeth as Allah ordered us to because this religion is for every time and place and we have to admit things now are not the same as they were at the time of Prophet Muhammad PBUH that is why we need to read the Quran and Ahadeeth and analyze (tadabor) them thoroughly and not interpret other peoples theories out of their context. If someone comes up with a new theory we need to study it and find out if it agrees or disagrees with the Quran and Ahadeeth (not what the scholors interpreted). We need to unite all the muslims together and not attack one another. If the theory is wrong then try to explain why (after exploring it) according to scientific and religious basis (daleel from Hadeeth or Quran) and not negate it because one scholar said so. Scholars are human at the end of the day and if their Ejtihad is wrong Allah will retribute them with a Hassana and if they are correct Allah will retribute them with 2 Hasaanas as the famous Hadeeth dictates. This ummah need to unite.

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  5. Anonymous

    Wonderful! Much appreciated! The Breath and the Heart and the Soul are beyond barriers of religion.

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  6. Anand Narayan

    Excellent.. Hope you continue writing about such topics, and thus bridge such imaginary divides we have created in this world.. All our wishes 🙂

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  7. mohammed ameen

    its a very good article..completely i agree with it..i think evry muslim who feels dat practicising yoga & meditation is sin in islam..they must read it for real picture
    Heartiest congratulations & good wishes rajaque bhai

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      • Meenu

        I agree. The basis of Art of Living is to share our positivity and make a positive difference to the world we are living in. It would be nice to know of your experiences Ameen.

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    • kaleemullamohamedali632

      Yoga is not linked to religion in Hinduism the religion of the created born on earth. Islam is a Divine religion of The Creator. He prohibits his creatures worship to his created (like sun moon humans & monkeys) Surya or any creature’s namaskara turns a Muslim into a Non-Muslim.

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  8. M K

    Dear Rajaque, you have very beautifully dealt with misplaced fears about yoga and its impact on religiosity of practising Muslims. Hope to see you more active on the blog. In fact, the world over, millions of people from different religious and racial backgrounds practise Yoga as a secular discipline for keeping physical and mental hygiene that leads to spiritual realizations. Refusal to practise yoga because it appears to have Hindu roots is as foolish as avoiding cell phone because it was apparently invented by a Chrsitian!

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  9. Critic

    Annnounce any events like an outing, fun games, course, Satsangs (The all important PS is most welcome: Refreshments/Prasad follows) Pulled from a section of this site …. Now don’t u see the true light … Prasad

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  10. Anonymous

    great…need to create more awareness about this…thanks rehman ji for this beautiful write up!

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  11. Anonymous

    Beautifully written by Rahman ji……it beautifully states that how by yoga u can attain the spiritual growth no matter which ever religion u r born in….it results in highest form of prayer in one self towards the lord…and he beautifully explains how yoga helps to attain the state of mind which is appreciated in Islam..when prayer Happens on its own…

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  12. Raj

    Heartly congratulations to Shri Rahman ji. Advaita and Tauhid one and the same. I think, as Sri Sri Ravishankar has said, Religion is like a peel of the fruit and real fruit is the spiritualism. Jai Gurudev.

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  13. kaepy

    love the way it’s written!! Man it’s guruji!! he has transformed the war causers, warriors and war victims to bring a violence free divine society

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  14. Dr. Manikantan

    Thank you Rajaque Rahman, for an inspiring article. I am sure this message of yours based on your personal experience will reach millions of human hearts all over and unite them cutting across the divisions of caste/ creed/ culture/ religion/ nationality and connect them to the divine vision of Sri Sri Ravishankar- ‘One World Family’. Waiting to read you more often.

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  15. Anonymous

    Realise that yoga means union with self and the self is made up of love.The very bases of existance is love,hence any aversion to yoga is terrible ignorance.

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  16. Neema

    If only people had the same kind of open-mindedness as this writer, it would benefit them. If one is closed, the lose out on the wondrous benefits of the simple and easy to practice yoga.

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  17. Emploi2905

    Dear Rajaque,

    What about the mantras in Kundalini Yoga? some of them mean We are God and so on. when I go to practice with a master, they always have in there house, painting of Budha or sculptures. I feel the class is full of polytheism practices and thaughts.
    I also had an esoteric experience after having practiced during a retreat for a week. Then I quitted definitely yoga classes. Really I don’t feel in peace with Yoga practices, if assessed with islamic faith principles.

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    • dharmindharminarendharmiaren

      Use of images, sculptures or diagrams are Yantras. These are highly advanced subject matter to explain to muslims, and I do not think there is a need to.
      Mantra meditation is even a whole range of complex subject. It is a common assumption that if mantra calls for Shiva, then it definitely refers to GOD of Hindus and this is against the faith muslim or Christian faith. This is wrong.
      Pranayama is essential before any mantra meditation. Chanting of mantra produces vibrations at specific frequency. Not all mantra are chanted the same way, and there is a specific way of breathing when chanting specific mantra.
      Now, what is the purpose for a muslim to chant a hindu mantra, one may ask?
      Well, my answer would be , just chant the mantra properly as taught by the master, and in the end of the month(changes takes time), he or she will be able to experience the power of the mantra itself. That is the evidence.

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      • dharmindharminarendharmiaren

        Lucid dream, esoteric experience, out of body(OBE) phenomena, the rise of siddhi power and whole range of unexplainable phenomenon are all related to the awakening of Kundalini “The Primordial Cosmic Energy”

        These are the evidences of the YOGA philosophy. Do it under guidance of the master and you are on the path of “Self Realization”

        There will be longer a hatred toward kafir, there will be no longer a sectarian divided feeling, of muslims vs kafirs, there will be longer fanaticism or intolerance.

        There will be no longer the idea of “me” or “muslim”.

        Only self realization will release you from the shackles of the religious dogma.

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  18. practisingmuslim

    Praise be to Allaah.

    Firstly:

    There are differences of opinion among contemporary scholars on the ruling on practising yoga. Some of them are of the view that it is not allowed at all, others are of the view that it is permissible without any reservations. Yet others differentiated between some of its practices and others; they allowed those that are in accordance with sharee‘ah and forbade those that are contrary to it.

    None of them denied – as far as we know – that the origin of this practice stems from idolatrous Hindu beliefs then Buddhism. Hence those who allow it in all cases took away from it anything that has to do with beliefs and spiritual matters, and passed the ruling on it on the basis that it is regarded as physical exercise. Those who forbade it did so because of its religious origins and the resemblance to those idol worshippers, and because of the harm it causes to the body, and other reasons. As for those who differentiate between one type and another, their opinion is not acceptable because it is not possible to eliminate the bad and because people are not able to distinguish between what is permissible and what is forbidden in it.

    So it is both spiritual and physical exercise which was originally aimed at reaching oblivion and entering into a state of connection with God!

    In the book al-Yoga wa’l-Tanaffus (yoga and breathing) by Muhammad ‘Abd al-Fattaah Faheem (p. 19), it says:

    “Yoga in the sacred Indian language means union and contact with God, i.e., union between the body, the mind and God which helps man attain knowledge and wisdom and develops his thought by developing his knowledge of life; it protects him from sectarianism, religious fanaticism, narrowmindedness and shortsightedness when searching; it makes him live a life of contentment both physically and spiritually.”

    In al-Mu‘jam al-Falsafi by Jameel Sulayba (2/590) it says:

    “Yoga is a Sanskrit word which means union; it is used to refer to a kind of spiritual exercise that is practised by the wise men of India for the purpose of union with the universal spirit. Yoga is not a school of philosophical thought; rather it is an artistic way of doing some exercises that release the soul from physical and mental gravity and take it step-by-step towards reality. The Yogi is the wise man who practices this way.” End quote.

    Both quotes taken from Mazaahirat al-Tashabbuh bi’l-Kuffaar fi’l-‘Asr al-Hadeeth wa Atharuha ‘ala al-Muslimeen.

    In the definition of Yoga we see that it means union, i.e., union of man with the spirit, which is the universal spirit, by which they mean God. Hence the aim of this practice is to be a way of combining all other religions. Dr Ahmad Shalabi – who is a specialist in the religions of India – says:

    “The union of Buddha with the Hindu gods is nothing but a return to belief in ‘Jnana Yoga’ i.e., the ‘path of knowledge’ which sees truth in all religions and philosophies. But this truth is only a particle of the greater, complete truth. This school of thought does not object to any religion or philosophy; it thinks that any religion or philosophy is not everything and is not the whole truth. The one who believes in this way of thinking does not belong to any religion or school of thought, because he regards the followers of all different religions as his brothers, no matter how they differ. So Jnana Yoga is a way that encompasses all beliefs and refuses to be restricted by any of them. We should highlight the fact that propagating and promoting this way of thinking is aimed at fighting Islam indirectly. I have seen these attempts in several countries. Islam is the force that defeated both Christian and Buddhist missionaries, so if they can manage to divert people in one way or another – even in the name of Jnana Yoga that encompasses all beliefs and does not restrict itself to any one of them – that is a great victory for them. After they have managed to divert the Muslim from Islam at the end of this smart trick, then it is possible to make him doubt and then pull him into another sphere. So let the Muslim beware of Yoga and its trickery and those who promote it.”

    Adyaan al-Hind al-Kubra, p. 174

    We think that forbidding it altogether is the correct approach. We have studied the words of many concerning this practice, and we have decided to sum up the comments on it from a book that deals specifically with the ruling on this practice, by a writer whom we trust with regard to his methodology and beliefs; he is a doctor who knows what he is saying when he criticises it even from a health point of view. This writer is Dr Faaris ‘Alwaan and his book is called al-Yoga fi Mizaan al-Naqd al-‘Ilmi, which was published by Darussalam in Cairo. Everything that we will quote below is from this book, but it should be noted that we cannot quote everything that it says in the book. Hence we will limit it to a definition of this practice and the discussion of the Islamic ruling on it; whoever wants to know more may refer to the book.

    Secondly:

    What is Yoga?

    Yoga means union; one of its prominent teachers says that it is union of man with the spirit.

    Yoga involves various exercises and rituals, but the most important and most famous of them is an exercise called Surya Namaskar [known in English as the “Sun Salutation”], which means in Sanskrit: “prostration to the sun on eight parts of the body”. And they defined these parts as the two feet, the two knees, the two hands, the chest and the forehead.

    It is preferable for the one who practices yoga to be naked, especially the chest, back and thighs; to face the sun when it is rising and when it is setting if he wants Yoga that is sound and beneficial; and to fix his gaze and focus his attention on the disc of the sun, and be attached to it completely, which includes his body, his faculties, his mind and his heart. If he is in a built-up area and cannot see the sun, he is allowed to draw the disc of the sun in front of him on the wall. One of them said: If the one who is practising yoga is a believer in a religion and is concerned about committing an act of disbelief, there is nothing wrong with him drawing any image in front of him and focusing on it completely!

    Yoga also includes pondering one’s body deeply and thinking of and examining every part of the body, starting with the toes and going up to the head when waking up and before getting up from one’s bed, and doing the opposite, from the head down to the toes just before sleeping, and it is not allowed to forget or be distracted from this important task!

    Whoever wants to benefit from yoga should also be vegetarian.

    And he has to repeat specific words out loud whilst doing these exercises. These words are called mantras, the most famous of which are the beeja mantras, which are hram, hreem, hraim, hraum, hara. Some syllables are also repeated in yoga, such as Aum (or Om).

    In addition to that, it is essential to repeat the twelve names of the sun, because this is a major and important part of Yoga.

    Names of the sun include:

    Rafanama, which means, “I bow my head to you, O one whom everyone praises.”

    Suryanama, which means, “I bow my head to you, O guide of all.”

    Bahaanafinama, which means, “I bow my head to you, O bestower of beauty.”

    Safeetarnama, which means, “I bow my head to you, O bestower of life” etc.

    And they claim that this repetition is very beneficial.

    One of those who practices yoga says that he wakes up at 3.30 a.m. and continues practising yoga and offering its special prayers until 6:15 a.m. And in the evening he does the same thing from 6 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

    Thus he spends three and a quarter hours every day practising yoga, and he says that some of them spend more time than that, claiming that the more time they spend on it the more beneficial it is.

    Al-Yoga fi Mizaan al-Naqd al-‘Ilmi, p. 13-18

    Thirdly:

    The Islamic ruling on practising yoga

    To sum up, it is not permissible for the Muslim to practice yoga at all, whether he does it on the basis of belief or imitating others, or because he is seeking a particular so-called benefit. That is due to a number of reasons which we may conclude from what is mentioned above, and which we will sum up as follows:

    -1-

    Because Yoga is contrary to Tawheed and involves associating other deities with Allah, may He be exalted, and because it involves prostrating to the sun and repeating its names.

    Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    “Say (O Muhammad): I am commanded only to worship Allaah (Alone) and not to join partners with Him”

    [al-Ra‘d 13:36]

    “If you join others in worship with Allâh, (then) surely (all) your deeds will be in vain, and you will certainly be among the losers”

    [al-Zumar 39:65].

    -2-

    Because it involves imitation of idol worshippers and resembling them, and the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” Narrated by Ahmad, Abu Dawood and al-Tabaraani from Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him).

    -3-

    Because some of its practices are harmful to most people and lead to serious health consequences for them. Some of its practices involve sitting in a very strange and shameful way, and sitting in a lazy way, oblivious to what is going on around one. This is also harmful from a health and psychological point of view. The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “There should be neither harming nor reciprocating harm.” Narrated by Ahmad and Ibn Maajah from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him).

    -4-

    Because it is a waste of time doing something that does not bring anything but harm and loss in this world, and calamity and despair in the Hereafter. The trustworthy Messenger (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “A person’s feet will not move on, on the Day of Resurrection, until he has been asked about four things: his life and how he spent it, his knowledge and what he did with it, his wealth and from where he acquired it and on what he spent it, and his body and how he used it.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi from Abu Barzah.

    -5-

    Because it is a clear call to imitate animals and detracts from human dignity, such as: adopting nakedness, resting on all fours in most of the exercises (Surya Namaskar or sun salutation) and the special posture in the third and eighth exercises.

    -6-

    Because many of those who tried to practice what is called scientific yoga or behavioural therapy fell into the pit of drugs and addiction, and this remedy has been proven to be ineffective and of no benefit.

    -7-

    Because it is based on lies and charlatanry; its promoters rely on deceit and twisting the facts in spreading it. Thus it attracted the attention of a large number of those who are simple-natured and many of those who are weak in faith.

    -8-

    Because a few of those who practice yoga or some other esoteric or deviant trends may perform extraordinary feats, people are deceived by it. But in most cases they are only using devils among the jinn as in the case of magic and so on, and this is haraam according to Islam.

    -9-

    Most of the advice given by the promoters of yoga is harmful to the individual, including the following:

    (a) Nakedness and what it causes of cultural, sexual, psychological and physical diseases.

    (b) Exposing the skin to the sun. We have seen the harm that this causes, especially when there is lengthy exposure to the sun.

    (c) Fixing the gaze on the disc of the sun, which causes severe damage to the eyes.

    (d) Encouraging a vegetarian diet for which Allah has not revealed any authority.

    Al-Yoga fi Mizan al-Naqd al-‘Ilmi, p. 84-86

    And Allah knows best.

    Islam Q&A

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    • dharmindharmiaren

      practisingmuslim

      Well, before you start to quote here and there, with Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V trick up your sleeve, perhaps you should have personally studied Yoga under a qualified Yoga instructor

      And then perhaps change your name as practisingyogi when you want to comment further.

      Certainly, the person who wrote the book Muhammad ‘Abd al-Fattaah Faheem is not a yogi.

      Asking a veterinarian about the climate and surface condition of planet Mars is not only dumb, it is stupid.
      Certainly, a veterinarian is not a expert in the subject matter.
      What is even stupid is that, the ignorant veterinarian to come with a nonsensical answers to the question posed.

      Even more pathetic is that there are fools out there who regards this type of moron as the subject matter expert and to go on quoting their sayings and writings to reaffirm their stand.

      YOGA, is a science of consciousness . It not about saluting sun, or sticking a finger up our butts and sniffing at it.

      But then , for you to study to verify is haram in the first place right? Back to square one, I assume.

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    • dharmindharminarendharmiaren

      Praise be to Allaah.

      Firstly:

      There are differences of opinion among contemporary scholars on the ruling on practising yoga. Some of them are of the view that it is not allowed at all, others are of the view that it is permissible without any reservations. Yet others differentiated between some of its practices and others; they allowed those that are in accordance with sharee‘ah and forbade those that are contrary to it.

      None of them denied – as far as we know – that the origin of this practice stems from idolatrous Hindu beliefs

      Hindus are idolatrous??

      DO the Hindus go on a crazy spree, trampling on each other to kiss a stone? I mean a dull, dumb, inanimate stone covered with saliva and germs of millions of people who kissed it previously.

      And regards an inanimate object as a holy piece of stone fallen from paradise?

      To the extent to put guards on both sides to cover and protect this piece of stone, as if the stone itself is the GOD?

      Stupid peoples are always out there in millions.

      then Buddhism. Hence those who allow it in all cases took away from it anything that has to do with beliefs and spiritual matters, and passed the ruling on it on the basis that it is regarded as physical exercise. Those who forbade it did so because of its religious origins and the resemblance to those idol worshippers, and because of the harm it causes to the body, and other reasons. As for those who differentiate between one type and another, their opinion is not acceptable because it is not possible to eliminate the bad and because people are not able to distinguish between what is permissible and what is forbidden in it.

      “and because people are not able to distinguish between what is permissible and what is forbidden in it”

      Exactly what I meant about brain-dead muslims. Many thanks to you, practisingmuslim dude.

      So it is both spiritual and physical exercise which was originally aimed at reaching oblivion and entering into a state of connection with God!

      In the Yoga philosophy, God is not a Sentient Being residing in Paradise as believed in Islamic faith.

      In Yoga, GOD (Paratman) do not request submission, or punishes those who do not believe in a certain set of dogma with hell fire or rewards those who please and submit to by offering free wines and 72 or 99 moist sweet smelling vaginas!

      Yoga speaks about the unity between Atman and Paratman and teach us how to realize the existence of Paratman(DIvine)
      in each and every single human being.

      It teaches us on how to realize the fact that the DIVINE is not out there, is not a Sentient Being.

      All the while, the DIVINE is inside each and every one of us, it is only that men are not able or willing to realize it.

      YOGA puts up a path and guides men through the process of self realization.

      In the book al-Yoga wa’l-Tanaffus (yoga and breathing) by Muhammad ‘Abd al-Fattaah Faheem (p. 19), it says:

      “Yoga in the sacred Indian language means union and contact with God, i.e., union between the body, the mind and God which helps man attain knowledge and wisdom and develops his thought by developing his knowledge of life; it protects him from sectarianism, religious fanaticism, narrowmindedness and shortsightedness when searching; it makes him live a life of contentment both physically and spiritually.”

      In al-Mu‘jam al-Falsafi by Jameel Sulayba (2/590) it says:

      “Yoga is a Sanskrit word which means union; it is used to refer to a kind of spiritual exercise that is practiced by the wise men

      At least there are some sense in both of these writings. Note the word” wise men”.

      Isn’t that already a clear indication that Yoga was not and never meant for Muslims? It is crystal clear, that Yoga is supposed to be practiced by those who have enough brain cells to actually process information around them.

      Note the author’s explanation carefully:

      “helps man attain KNOWLEDGE and WISDOM and develops his thought by DEVELOPING HIS KNOWLEDGE of life; it protects him from SECTARIANISM, RELIGIOUS FANATICISM, NARROW MINDEDNESS and SHORTSIGHTEDNESS when searching; it makes him live a life of CONTENTMENT both PHYSICALLY and SPIRITUALLY.”

      Isn’t all of the above is contrary to the a muslim’s faith?

      NARROW MINDEDNESS is compulsary
      How: – Do not imitate the kafirs.

      RELIGIOUS FANATICISM is necessary.
      How – “Since he left the Islam, he will be invited to express his regret. If he does not regret, he will be killed pertaining to rights and obligations of the Islamic law.” The Fatwa also mentions that the same applies to his children if they entered Islam and left it after they reach maturity.

      Does any Yoga instructor or Yoga association anywhere around the world hunt down and kills their members or their children if they left the class half way?

      I can go on explaining, but then no point talking to brain-dead Muslims.

      of India for the purpose of union with the universal spirit. Yoga is not a school of philosophical thought; rather it is an artistic way of doing some exercises that release the soul from physical and mental gravity and take it step-by-step towards reality. The Yogi is the wise man who practices this way.” End quote.

      Both quotes taken from Mazaahirat al-Tashabbuh bi’l-Kuffaar fi’l-‘Asr al-Hadeeth wa Atharuha ‘ala al-Muslimeen.

      In the definition of Yoga we see that it means union, i.e., union of man with the spirit, which is the universal spirit, by which they mean God. Hence the aim of this practice is to be a way of combining all other religions. Dr Ahmad Shalabi – who is a specialist in the religions of India – says:

      “The union of Buddha with the Hindu gods is nothing but a return to belief in ‘Jnana Yoga’ i.e., the ‘path of knowledge’ which sees truth in all religions and philosophies. But this truth is only a particle of the greater, complete truth. This school of thought does not object to any religion or philosophy; it thinks that any religion or philosophy is not everything and is not the whole truth.

      Correct. Jnana Yoga simply highlighted a simple fact
      Example: A physicist even with a double PHD and dozens of Nobel prize awards cannot claim he/she alone knew the entire branch of physics. Claiming so is called stupidity. So those, who claim that only they possess the entire truth and everybody else is wrong is nothing but a BUNCH OF IDIOTS.

      The one who believes in this way of thinking does not belong to any religion or school of thought, because he regards the followers of all different religions as his brothers, no matter how they differ. So Jnana Yoga is a way that encompasses all beliefs and refuses to be restricted by any of them. We should highlight the fact that propagating and promoting this way of thinking is aimed at fighting Islam indirectly.

      YOGA as revealed by Krishna in Gita was not meant to fight islam or any other faith, people or country directly or indirectly.

      It was meant to show the path to self realization.

      But if the path and core principles of self realization of the DIVINE in human beings goes against the Islamic faith, then it perfectly acceptable to say that yoga was aimed to fight islam indirectly.

      But then , Jnana/Nyanam/Knowledge was not meant for Muslims.

      I have seen these attempts in several countries. Islam is the force that defeated both Christian and Buddhist missionaries, so if they can manage to divert people in one way or another – even in the name of Jnana Yoga that encompasses all beliefs and does not restrict itself to any one of them – that is a great victory for them. After they have managed to divert the Muslim from Islam at the end of this smart trick, then it is possible to make him doubt and then pull him into another sphere. So let the Muslim beware of Yoga and its trickery and those who promote it.”

      There is no trickery involved in here. YOGA is not a faith, is not a religion. It does not require swearing of oath or submission, or recital of sort of syahadah( I believe my Yoga instructor is the true GOD, and all his/her acrobatic stunts and siddha powers are true and perfect. There is no GOD other than MY YOGA MASTER, amen).

      Yoga is about science of consciousness. Like any other scientific approach / field of studies. Patanjali Yoga Sutra describes it in details on the methodological approach on these.

      In fact, it is a direct challenge thrown by Yogis to men of any faith. If by following the methods do not produce the desired effect, the Yogis are more than willing to declare that Yoga is nothing but a bunch of crap, hocus-pocus, marketing gimmick of some cheap Hindu stuff.

      YOGA does not ask men to believe or have faith in it, it shows them the actual path to experience it.

      Yoga backs up it claims with giving evidence, and the evidence is the actual experience itself.

      What better evidence do we need than our own experience?

      Religion requires faith, faith is believing something without evidence. If there is a evidence, then men will no longer call religious faith, we will call it religious fact..

      Emploi2905 on February 27, 2013 at 8:59 pm said:
      Dear Rajaque,

      What about the mantras in Kundalini Yoga? some of them mean We are God and so on. when I go to practice with a master, they always have in there house, painting of Budha or sculptures. I feel the class is full of polytheism practices and thaughts.

      I also had an esoteric experience after having practiced during a retreat for a week. Then I quitted definitely yoga classes. Really I don’t feel in peace with Yoga practices, if assessed with islamic faith principles.

      Our dear friend Emploi2905 happened to stumble upon the awakening of Kundalini and had a esoteric experience.

      Here we have evidence of YOGA live and kicking in action.
      But what happened? That totally freaked him/her out. Then he/she chickened out and quitted Yoga classes.

      Isn’t that silly? It is like a child running away from his/her own shadow, fear of boogeyman, I assume.

      Any trained Kundalini Yoga master should have able to explain this phenomenon provided only if our friend told his experience to the Yoga master.

      Now the question is which Muslim is daring enough or should I say ”have the balls” to take up the challenge thrown by the Yogis?

      Who is willing enough to go through the path of Yoga, go through the activation of the seven main chakras and experience Samadhi themselves.

      This is a challenge thrown by the Yogis to the world. All it takes for a muslim to PROVE these yoga stuff is nothing but crap, is to go through the steps themselves and state the end result to us. Simple challenge…

      Adyaan al-Hind al-Kubra, p. 174

      We think that forbidding it altogether is the correct approach. We have studied the words of many concerning this practice, and we have decided to sum up the comments on it from a book that deals specifically with the ruling on this practice, by a writer whom we trust with regard to his methodology and beliefs;
      he is a doctor who knows what he is saying when he criticises it even from a health point of view. This writer is Dr Faaris ‘Alwaan and his book is called al-Yoga fi Mizaan al-Naqd al-‘Ilmi, which was published by Darussalam in Cairo. Everything that we will quote below is from this book, but it should be noted that we cannot quote everything that it says in the book. Hence we will limit it to a definition of this practice and the discussion of the Islamic ruling on it; whoever wants to know more may refer to the book.

      Dude, there is not even a single hit return from Google search on this Dr Faaris Alwann. Does he even exist in the first place?

      And I am unable to find this “book” in the net too. Care to share a link ?
      No sarcasm intended, but I am just curious to understand the scholarly methodology and belief of this “DR”

      Secondly:

      What is Yoga?

      Yoga means union; one of its prominent teachers says that it is union of man with the spirit.

      Yoga involves various exercises and rituals, but the most important and most famous of them is an exercise called Surya Namaskar [known in English as the “Sun Salutation”], which means in Sanskrit: “prostration to the sun on eight parts of the body”. And they defined these parts as the two feet, the two knees, the two hands, the chest and the forehead.

      It is preferable for the one who practices yoga to be naked, especially the chest, back and thighs; to face the sun when it is rising and when it is setting if he wants Yoga that is sound and beneficial; and to fix his gaze and focus his attention on the disc of the sun, and be attached to it completely, which includes his body, his faculties, his mind and his heart. If he is in a built-up area and cannot see the sun, he is allowed to draw the disc of the sun in front of him on the wall. One of them said: If the one who is practising yoga is a believer in a religion and is concerned about committing an act of disbelief, there is nothing wrong with him drawing any image in front of him and focusing on it completely!

      Yoga also includes pondering one’s body deeply and thinking of and examining every part of the body, starting with the toes and going up to the head when waking up and before getting up from one’s bed, and doing the opposite, from the head down to the toes just before sleeping, and it is not allowed to forget or be distracted from this important task!

      Whoever wants to benefit from yoga should also be vegetarian.

      And he has to repeat specific words out loud whilst doing these exercises. These words are called mantras, the most famous of which are the beeja mantras, which are hram, hreem, hraim, hraum, hara. Some syllables are also repeated in yoga, such as Aum (or Om).

      In addition to that, it is essential to repeat the twelve names of the sun, because this is a major and important part of Yoga.

      Names of the sun include:

      Rafanama, which means, “I bow my head to you, O one whom everyone praises.”

      Suryanama, which means, “I bow my head to you, O guide of all.”

      Bahaanafinama, which means, “I bow my head to you, O bestower of beauty.”

      Safeetarnama, which means, “I bow my head to you, O bestower of life” etc.

      And they claim that this repetition is very beneficial.

      One of those who practices yoga says that he wakes up at 3.30 a.m. and continues practising yoga and offering its special prayers until 6:15 a.m. And in the evening he does the same thing from 6 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

      Thus he spends three and a quarter hours every day practising yoga, and he says that some of them spend more time than that, claiming that the more time they spend on it the more beneficial it is.

      Al-Yoga fi Mizaan al-Naqd al-‘Ilmi, p. 13-18

      Thirdly:

      The Islamic ruling on practising yoga

      To sum up, it is not permissible for the Muslim to practice yoga at all, whether he does it on the basis of belief or imitating others, or because he is seeking a particular so-called benefit. That is due to a number of reasons which we may conclude from what is mentioned above, and which we will sum up as follows:

      -1-

      Because Yoga is contrary to Tawheed and involves associating other deities with Allah, may He be exalted, and because it involves prostrating to the sun and repeating its names.

      Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

      “Say (O Muhammad): I am commanded only to worship Allaah (Alone) and not to join partners with Him”

      [al-Ra‘d 13:36]

      “If you join others in worship with Allâh, (then) surely (all) your deeds will be in vain, and you will certainly be among the losers”

      [al-Zumar 39:65].

      -2-

      Because it involves imitation of idol worshippers and resembling them, and the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” Narrated by Ahmad, Abu Dawood and al-Tabaraani from Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him).

      -3-

      Because some of its practices are harmful to most people and lead to serious health consequences for them. Some of its practices involve sitting in a very strange and shameful way, and sitting in a lazy way, oblivious to what is going on around one. This is also harmful from a health and psychological point of view. The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “There should be neither harming nor reciprocating harm.” Narrated by Ahmad and Ibn Maajah from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him).

      -4-

      Because it is a waste of time doing something that does not bring anything but harm and loss in this world, and calamity and despair in the Hereafter. The trustworthy Messenger (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “A person’s feet will not move on, on the Day of Resurrection, until he has been asked about four things: his life and how he spent it, his knowledge and what he did with it, his wealth and from where he acquired it and on what he spent it, and his body and how he used it.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi from Abu Barzah.

      -5-

      Because it is a clear call to imitate animals and detracts from human dignity, such as: adopting nakedness, resting on all fours in most of the exercises (Surya Namaskar or sun salutation) and the special posture in the third and eighth exercises.

      -6-

      Because many of those who tried to practice what is called scientific yoga or behavioural therapy fell into the pit of drugs and addiction, and this remedy has been proven to be ineffective and of no benefit.

      -7-

      Because it is based on lies and charlatanry; its promoters rely on deceit and twisting the facts in spreading it. Thus it attracted the attention of a large number of those who are simple-natured and many of those who are weak in faith.

      -8-

      Because a few of those who practice yoga or some other esoteric or deviant trends may perform extraordinary feats, people are deceived by it. But in most cases they are only using devils among the jinn as in the case of magic and so on, and this is haraam according to Islam.

      -9-

      Most of the advice given by the promoters of yoga is harmful to the individual, including the following:

      (a) Nakedness and what it causes of cultural, sexual, psychological and physical diseases.

      (b) Exposing the skin to the sun. We have seen the harm that this causes, especially when there is lengthy exposure to the sun.

      (c) Fixing the gaze on the disc of the sun, which causes severe damage to the eyes.

      (d) Encouraging a vegetarian diet for which Allah has not revealed any authority.

      Al-Yoga fi Mizan al-Naqd al-‘Ilmi, p. 84-86

      And Allah knows best.

      Islam Q&A

      Dude, I am laughing my ass of and certainly cant believe this nonsensical bullshit written by this so called non-existent “doctor” .

      Everything written by him is filled with nonsense and full of horse crap to the extent that I don’t even bother to refute too.

      . Of course it is no wonder because you simply Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V the entire article from a Q/A site and did not even bother to verify the authenticity of the person and make a critical judgment of his explanation by making a comparative analysis with the Yoga sutra itself.

      But then, what did I say about knowledge and brain-dead muslims? See, I told you so…

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    • Balamurugan Krishnan

      As a Yoga practitioner for the last 10 years, would like to share the life experiences among all those in quest for the Truth !
      At 24 years of age, it was a great challenge to start with the practice of Yoga. Being a sporty and activity oriented personality it was a tough position to start with all this sitting still, keeping the eyes closed, maintaining a pose along with a particular rhythm in breath.
      But left with not so many good choice in front-being in the beginning stages of Asthma along with house dust allergy, skin rashes- made me depressed and life was becoming miserable.
      The five days of the Art of Living program which included some simple stretching exercises, pranayams, breathing exercises in a particular rhythm (Sudarshan Kriya), Meditations along with valuable Ancient Wisdom elevated me to a different thought process by giving the much needed hope and aligning with the Nature !
      Taking the challenges by persisting with the practice- The journey was a Wonderful one till now towards the Truth along with the Nature meant for all brave and intelligent humans only- Which i firmly believe !
      This journey of the Union with the self has to be practiced individually to explore the hidden Strength and Truth within the Self !
      There by to get out of the Ignorance within because of the prejudices, perceptions and wrong concepts we have accumulated from different quarters till now !
      The practice leads us to come out of all these false impressions in the Mind and leading to the all inclusive Infinite Self !
      For that which all the Godhead’s like Allah or Christ or Buddha or Krishna strove for…..
      Lets move together by Thinking big and accepting all the good things from everyone, everywhere from all over towards the higher Self !
      With acceptance, selflessness, sacrifice, patience and non-violence.
      The practice of Yoga will naturally imbibe in us all the above qualities.
      Once these qualities are re-established, then one can see only the Love, Peace, Joy & Prosperity all around- The Heaven on Earth !
      Let’s all strive for this higher Self through Yoga & Meditation !

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    • anon

      there is no mention in the quran that a muslim cannot be a vegetarian
      exposing the skin to sun for limited period of time will give you vitamin d
      fixing the gaze on the rising sun does not damage eyes
      you don’t have to go naked to do yoga.loose clothes will be helpful
      yoga comprises a lot more than sun salutation.
      read adnani82’s comment.he is a muslim too.you may find it enlightening

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      • kaleemullamohamedali632

        Yoga is not linked to religion in Hinduism the religion of the created born on earth. Islam is a Divine religion of The Creator. He prohibits his creatures worship to his created (like sun moon humans & monkeys) Surya or any creature’s namaskara turns a Muslim into a Non-Muslim.

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    • kaleemullamohamedali632

      NO NEED OF SUCH A LONG POSTING BHAI
      Yoga is not linked to religion in Hinduism the religion of the created born on earth. Islam is a Divine religion of The Creator. He prohibits his creatures worship to his created (like sun moon humans & monkeys) Surya or any creature’s namaskara turns a Muslim into a Non-Muslim.

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  19. practisingmuslimpractisingmuslim

    Yes, that’s your opinion rajaque, but as a practising muslim, (which i believe is also what you called yourself) I find the opinions of the scholars of Islam far more prominent and believable. As for the old uncle who took a different path to avoid the area where swine are slaughtered, to mock his actions as ‘blinkered’ just shows your level of taqwa in comparison to his. This old uncle, may Allah grant him Jannah, is clearly showing in his actions that his state of mind is in continual remembrance of Allah as All Seeing and All Aware and His clear order that the swine is haram for us.
    Perhaps if you were to look into the practices of your own deen a bit more rather than propagating others, you may find something beneficial for you insha’Allah.

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    • dharmindharminarendharmiaren

      Your intellectual capacity seems to be lower than a swine it self.
      Please help us, please stop annoying us all with your nonsensical writing.

      Go spew your nonsense some where else and take pride in your stupidity!

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  20. Vivek Kulkarni

    Nice article and I guess this will only serve to hoodwink the generally naive followers of eastern philosophical thought that followers of Islam can think sensibly. As the current state of affairs of Islam and its adherents are concerned it seems difficult for most of them to see beyond narrow minded interpretation of Islamic texts.

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  21. Neema

    So well-said, Rahmanji. Useful piece not just for Muslims but for Hindus as well. Look Fwd to more such. Rgds.

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  22. anony

    Regardless of practicing Islam or practicing Yoga, the comments and language used by @Dharmindharminarendharmiaren, who certainly seems to appreciate yoga and has probably felt its benefits at the end of each month (since they recommended this to others) – the comments and language are enough to show the level of compassion, tolerance and mindfulness that their yoga has inculcated in them. On the other hand, PracticingMuslim’s language was matter of fact and non-offensive. I think this is enough for me to figure out which way of meditation to take – that of yoga, or that of the meditation present in the Islamic daily prayers.

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    • Sasha M

      Dear Anony,

      Kind of unfair to pin what you perceive as @Dharmindharminarendharmiaren’s ‘level of compassion, tolerance and mindfulness’ on the practice of yoga, don’t you think? 🙂

      With no intent to offend & as purely conjecture, is it not possible that @Dharmindharminarendharmiaren had a distinctly abrasive personality and what we see of him/her here in this forum is a milder, new & improved version, thanks to the practice of yoga? 🙂 🙂

      All I’m saying is yoga is too vast to judge and discard based on your opinion of one person’s comments on a random day.

      Regards,
      Sasha M

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    • Sasha M

      Dear Anony,

      By your logic, it should then only be fair for me to disregard the ‘meditation present in the Islamic daily prayers’ as leading to hatred, intolerance and fanaticism based on the infamous speech by Owaisi. See? 🙂

      There are rotten apples in every barrel (not alluding to you, @Dharmindharminarendharmiaren)
      and if you insist on judging the path based on a few wayward wayfarers, then, well, you stand to lose your way. Si? 🙂

      Regards,
      Sasha M
      Regards,
      Sasha M

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  23. anony

    “Religion requires faith, faith is believing something without evidence. If there is a evidence, then men will no longer call religious faith, we will call it religious fact.”

    This is probably one of the biggest lies of our times. At least as far as Islam is concerned, faith is built on reason. I would like to invite the commenter @Dharmindharminarendharmiaren to also experience the Muslim Salat, and Dhikr of Allah. Try it out, experience is the best evidence. Don’t freak out. And try it out properly, under a proper teacher. http://www.islamicspirituality.org/lectures/classical/maktubat-rabbani

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    • Sasha M

      Dear Anony,

      I believe this is precisely the gist of what
      @Dharmindharminarendharmiaren was asking @ PracticingMuslim to do too:
      “Try it out, experience is the best evidence. Don’t freak out. And try it out properly, under a proper teacher.”

      The world is a school. Are you willing to be a student? 🙂

      Regards,
      Sasha M

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  24. Mohammed sheriff

    Thank you .. ive startd practicing yoga and since then ive startd doing salaah also ..) its symbiotic …im happy ..let all praise be to the creator … assalamualaikum … and proud to b an indian .)

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  25. maneeza

    I can assume that it must be a terrific program,I had been practising,Baron Baptiste’s Yoga,but recently I had seen a Muslim Lady practising Yoga with Islamic terminolgy,but that was not available to all,Please please include free islamic yoga classes.

    That will help us to get real calmness and reaching yoga as per our faith.

    Thankyou.

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    • siddharth

      It is important to remember and have some knowledge of linguistics , you see there are many forms of yoga , like nada yoga, ashtang yoga , hatha yoga etc you will realise that pronouncing sanskrit letters have spiritual effects because sanskrit is pronounced as things occur in nature in thr natural form it represents to it . The terms and practices that are used will loose thr meaning otherwise.

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  26. Bilal ahmed

    in islaam, as above mentioned ‘Yoga is not Haram’ but in a such way it is done in modern world it is haram, Muslim or Hindu ladies are sitten between boys/mans,, it dosn’t transfer a disease or virus ha ha but broke islamic rules…

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    • kaleemullamohamedali632

      Yoga is not linked to religion in Hinduism the religion of the created born on earth. Islam is a Divine religion of The Creator. ALLAH in his book Quran prohibits his creatures worship to his created (like sun moon humans & monkeys) Surya or any creature’s namaskara turns a Muslim into a Non-Muslim.

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  27. Vijay Chaudhari

    Perfect Rahaman. Your article is an eye opener for many bigots. Sufism indeed is the same practice as yoga. Kwaja Moinuddin Chisty of Ajmer has the same message for humanity. Love The Supreme from the core of thy heart.

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  28. Bedtime Bear

    People need to put their ego aside. Forget the origins and follow their heart. Search for the Prime Creator with all sincerity and you will come to His realization. I’m not promoting that you leave you religion. But to reflect instead. Deeply meditate and reflect with all sincerity. Quran says, “Bethink thee (oh Muhammad).” We need to contemplate. We do it till we reach the ‘breathless state’. Once you experience this state, you will come to realize the ocean that exists behind the curtain. So drown yourself in it, and you will never be the same again. Don’t take my word for it. Pray tahajjud in the last half of the night, and close your eyes and contemplate your insignificance, since comprehension of the greatness of His existence is beyond our understanding of ‘beyond’. Yes, this is coming from a sinner who tries to submit to the Creator. I pray we drown in his ocean of illumination upon illumination… Amen.

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  29. Mohammed Ilyas Mir

    Sir John Eccles, Nobel Prize Winner for his research on the brain, said the brain is “a machine that a ghost can operate.” In a normal state of consciousness, one’s own spirit ticks off the neurons in his brain and operates his body. We are spirits connected with a body. But in an altered state, reached under drugs, Yoga, hypnosis, etc., this passive but alert state, the connection between the spirit and the brain, is loosened. That allows another spirit to interpose itself, to begin to tick off the neurons in the brain, and create an entire universe of illusion. You’ve then opened yourself up. It’s called sorcery. People are literally teaching themselves how to be demonized; all in the name of developing one’s full potential.

    This is the religion of Antichrist (Dajjal); and for the first time in history it is being widely practiced throughout the Western world as Transcendental Meditation and other forms of Yoga.” (Source: The Seduction of Christianity, p. 54.)

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  30. Mohammed Ilyas Mir

    Psychologist and author Dr. Linda Mintle says, “Yoga is definitely a spiritual practice. I am upset to see even educated people who say that you can just separate the physical from spiritual, because that is not possible. Yoga is based on Hindu religion which does not believe in one God, it is a pantheistic view where multiple gods are served. Every movement in yoga is a Hindu worship to a Hindu god. Yoga might help the body, but the question is what it does to the spirit”.

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  31. Mohammed Ilyas Mir

    Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says, “I do not believe Yoga is demonic, though some people believe it is demonic. In the past say 10 to 15 years ago Hinduism was also considered as a part of demonic culture you know, like idolaters are very demonic in nature. So this sort of prejudice was prevalent against Hinduism also”

    Pandit Rajmani Tigunait says:

    “Yoga has become the health and fitness system of choice. This is odd because it is the mind – not the body – that is the main target of all genuine Yoga practices…. To regard Yoga primarily as a set of practices for increasing strength and flexibility while calming the nervous system is to mistake the husk for the kernel.”

    Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati says:

    “The goal of Yoga is Yoga itself, union itself, of the little self and the True Self, a process of awakening to the preexisting union that is called Yoga. Yoga has to do with the realization through direct experience of the preexisting union between Atman and Brahman, Jivatman and Paramatman, and Shiva and Shakti, or the realization of Purusha standing alone as separate from Prakriti.”

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  32. Mohammed Ilyas Mir

    Swiss psychiatrist/occultist C. G. Jung was one of the pioneers in bringing yoga to the West declared emphatically “it is an eastern occult technique for uniting the spirit man with the Universal Spirit (Hinduism’s god Brahman) Yoga has exploded in the Western world and it has done so under the guise of being purely physical in spite of the overwhelming evidence to the contrary.”

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  33. Ajay

    Very good article. The namaz itself incorporates asanas like vajrasana. These postures helps to relax the body and mind , and making it receptive to God’s grace.

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