Yoga banned for Muslims in Malaysia

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    Malaysians were told by the country's top Islamic council Saturday to avoid yoga because it uses Hindu prayers and encourages a union with God that is blasphemous.

    "Yoga is forbidden for Muslims. The practice will erode their faith in the religion," Abdul Shukor Husin, chairman of the government-backed National Fatwa Council, told reporters.


    " Yoga is forbidden for Muslims. The practice will erode their faith in the religion. "
    Top Islamic chief Yoga, an ancient Indian aid to meditation dating back thousands of years, is a popular stress-buster in Kuala Lumpur.

    "There are other ways to get exercise and a peace of mind," Husin said, adding "you can go cycling, swimming and eat less fatty food."

    Husin said yoga involved physical and religious elements of Hinduism including the recitation of mantras he also said the ban would not be implemented on non-Muslims.

    "For us, yoga can destroy a Muslim's faith. But this is not a matter for the non-Muslims to be concerned about because it's not imposed on them. We are looking out for the Muslim community," he said, noting Egypt and Singapore had issued similar rulings.

    Islam is the official religion of Malaysia, where more than 60 percent of the population of 27 million are Muslim Malays who practice a conservative brand of the religion.

    The new ruling comes hot on the heels of another edict against young Muslim women wearing trousers after the council said that by wearing trousers, girls risked becoming sexually active "tomboys."

    Yoga banned for Muslims in Malaysia: official
     
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    Another example where the Muslims have as many nutjobs as any other religion starting with you. The reason for the split between the Sunni and the Shia is further proof that some of you are absolutely insane. And now you've been fighting for 1300 years, oppressing Africans(Sudan) and Indian's and you want us to listen to you now?

    I got an idea, if you want the western world's respect, stop being fucking nut jobs, stop committing genocide, and repair the Sunni/Shia relationship. Then you will get respect
     
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    I applaud the authorities in Malaysia for protecting their citizens from harm.

    This is an example of what a good government should be!!
     
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    It is really sad that the Muslim religion is so weak it is threatened by yoga or women wearing trousers. Allah must be a very small god indeed.

    Actually, I suspect Islam is a fine religion being hijacked by some very small men with a 13th century mentality.
     
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    They are just protecting their ancient culture from destructive outside influences.
     
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    Uh yeah, that's it.

    Do you suppose those issuing these edicts protecting their "ancient culture" use electricity? Do you suppose they have computers? What about printing presses or copier machines...do you think they use those? We know some use cell phones (some to detonate IEDs) and they sure don't seem to have any problem using modern technology and techniques to further their own ends. How many of these "protectors of the ancient culture" live in modern homes with modern conveniences? When they start living in camel hide tents and herd goats for a living, I may be convinced they are merely perserving their culture. Until then, I will continue to believe they are backward, close minded control freaks.
     
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    You are confusing having modern conveniences with morality.

    There is nothing wrong with electricty, flush toilets, microwaves, etc.

    Living with or without them is neither moral or immoral.

    But things like alcohol, porn, women dressing provocitivly, drugs, etc.

    Are negative moral influences that can destroy a culture

    Big difference!
     
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    It seems to me that mankind's mind is far more dangerous to these guys than any of that stuff you list.
     
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    Good point. Kind of like Christians being threatened by gays.
     
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    perhaps...and sorta like atheists being threatened by something they don't believe even exists.
     

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