I was reading the Sunday Times. The headlines screamed, Yoga Ban!. As though, there are millions of Muslims practising Yoga.
The reasoning by the national fatwa council chairman caught my eyes. OK, issuing fatwas is not my province. But banal reasoning is irksome. Chairman Shu-kor said- In Islam, one must do things which can erode one’s aqidah (faith). Yoga, even though merely the physical movements, is a step towards the erosion of a Muslim’s faith.
Hmm, that sets the confused mind of sakmongkol thinking. He wants Chairman- Shu-Kor to fatwa the following:-
- The act of sembah your kings and royals. Isn’t this an act contrary to teachings of Islam?
- What is his fatwa on the usage of the term ‘maha’ to mortals- such as duli yang MAHA mulia?
- Will he ban the use of yellow colour in royal regalia because that colour was inherited from Malay kings who were Hindus a long time ago?
- Will he also issue at fatwa on the recent press conference by Razak Baginda where he (Razak) equates himself with Allah?*(see notes below)
After this- will we have Goons( Guadians Of Our Nation’s Soul) spying and barging into yoga classes to see whether Muslims are carrying out these activities.
Assalamulaikum tuan chairman, - can you dispatch your goons into the house of leading politicians to see whether they have bars inside their houses? Go to watering holes in Bangsar,
The steps to perdition are many. Poverty which afflicts the majority of Muslim nations surely is a more potent danger to the faithful? Repressions, violation of women, mental subjugation are even more insidious .
And so sakmongkol asks chairman Shu-Kor, you have nothing better to do? The Indian who are Muslims in
Even more ominious- is the warning- don’t question the fatwa. Perhaps this can clear some doubts in the mind of a visitor to Sakmongkol’s blog, Confuseus, whether this country is secularised or clericalised.
But wait, what is this I see:-
The development of Sufism was considerably influenced by Indian yogic practises, where they adapted both physical postures (asanas) and breath control (pranayama). The ancient Indian yogic text, Amritakunda, ("Pool of Nectar)" was translated into Arabic and Persian as early as the 11th century.
*.- DS Najib has sworn before Allah, uttering Wallahi, Wabillahi, Watalllahi. For a Muslim whose aqidah is unquestionable, to supplement that swearing before Allah with a press conference, is clearly an attempt of equating onself with godly status. Isn’t this shirik, sahibbus-samahah?