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Why oppose yoga?

A strange accident happened in Male, the capital of Maldives. On June 21, people were attacked while celebrating Yoga Day. There was a lot of destruction. Some people were even arrested. This was not the first time that this Yoga Day was celebrated in Maldives. Since 2015, equal Yoga Day is celebrated there. It consists of foreign diplomats, local leaders and common people. There is no discrimination of indigenous, foreign or Hindu-Muslim in these yoga-camps. Its doors are open to all.

This yoga day is not celebrated only in India. It is popular in all the countries of the world, because the United Nations has recognized this yoga day. In the Maldives, it has been opposed by radical Islamic elements. They say that yoga is anti-Islam. If it was correct to say this, then why have dozens of Islamic countries of the United Nations put their stamp on it? Why didn’t he oppose it?

Do some extremist Islamists in Maldives represent the entire Islamic world? The truth is that these troubled people of Maldives are working to defame Islam. What can contradict Islam with yoga? Does yoga teach paganism? Are those who practice yoga told not to pray or fast?

In fact, Namaz and fasting are in a way simple forms of yoga. It is true that yoga practitioners are asked to become vegetarian. Being a vegetarian does not mean being a Hindu or a Kafir. Which verse of Quran Sharif says that those who are vegetarian will be considered as substandard Muslims? The doors of yogasanas are also open for those who cannot give up non-vegetarian food. Yoga is not related to any religion. This is the best type of mental and physical life and healing method, which any human being can adopt.

Is that Unani medicine enough for Muslims, which was practiced in Arab countries one and a half thousand years ago? Should they boycott Allopathy, Homeopathy and Naturopathy? off course not! Why should modern man have any hesitation in adopting all the new and old paths? That is why despite allopathic medicine being so developed in Europe and America, people there are learning yoga on a large scale, because yoga is not only medicine, it is also a strong arrangement of protection for physical and mental diseases like the wall of China.

Shubham Bangwal

Shubham Bangwal is a Senior Journalist at You can follow him on Twitter @sb_0fficial
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