Indonesia Won’t Ban Muslims from Practicing Yoga

by VR Sreeraman on Nov 27 2008 12:49 PM

Indonesia will not follow Malaysia’s move to ban Muslims from practicing yoga.

According to The Star, the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) said this was because it did not know the extent to which the exercise is practiced in Indonesia.

MUI deputy chairman Umar Shihab said more research had to be done before a decision can be made to prohibit yoga.

“It is okay if it’s for sport but I do not know if it is proven that it can destroy our beliefs as Muslims or contains ideas of polytheism,” Umar was quoted by The Jakarta Post as saying earlier this week.

He said the council did not carry out any study on yoga, as it had not received any objection from the public.

MUI edict commission deputy chairman Ali Mustafa Yakub said there was no need to ban yoga as no Muslims were found practicing it in Indonesia.