UPDATE: Malaysia: Fatwa against yoga reversed
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi moved to contain the damage, telling the national news agency Bernama that Muslims could carry on doing yoga but minus the chanting.
"I wish to state that a physical regime with no elements of worship can continue, meaning, it is not banned. I believe that Muslims are not easily swayed into polytheism," he said.
26 November 2008
Source: ABC News
Indonesia's top Islamic body says it will consider banning Muslims from practicing yoga.
Cleric Ma'ruf Amin said Thursday the Ulema Council was trying to determine if the ancient Indian exercise could corrupt the faith of believers. If the answer is yes, a nonbinding edict prohibiting the practice could be passed next month.
The discussions follow a decision by the Islamic body in neighboring Malaysia to issue a ban — though Muslims there have been told they can perform yoga as long as they refrain from chanting religious mantras.
Amin said investigators will interview practitioners across Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, to see if restrictions need to be passed. They will also visit yoga clubs and gyms.
27 November 2008
Source: Associated Press