Fatwa issued against ‘Surya Namaskar’ in MP

via PTI published on January 11, 2012

BHOPAL: While Madhya Pradesh government is making all efforts to make the ‘Surya Namaskar’ exercise on Swami Vivekananda’s birthday here tomorrow, a world record, Muslim leaders have opposed the move by issuing a fatwa against it.

Leaders of the minority community have termed the move as un-Islamic and equated it with idol-worship, which is prohibited in Islam. They also issued a fatwa in this regard yesterday which was also ratified by the Shahar Qazi, Sayyed Mushtaq Ali Nadvi.

The school education department has made elaborate arrangements to ensure maximum participation in the Surya Namaskar exercise so that a world record can be created by registering the feat in the Guinness Book of records, official sources said.

Directives have been issued to all the government and government-aided schools to ensure maximum participation in the exercise so that it can become a world record.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has clarified that the participation in the exercise is not compulsory.

State School Education Minister, Archana Chitnis told reporters, “Surya Namaskar is a Yogic exercise aimed at improving one’s health and those not interested in taking part in it have an option to stay away from it. Sun is neither saffron nor green.”

However, Muslim leaders have termed the move as an attempt to saffronise the education system.

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