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Saudi recognises Yoga as sport even as Muslim clerics oppose it in India

This comes when many Muslims in India and elsewhere are under pressure from religious leaders not to practice yoga which they claim is 'un-Islamic'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The Saudi Arabian has approved the practice of yoga as a sports activity, claimed a post of Nouf Marwaai, founder of the Arab Yoga Foundation in the Saudi kingdom.

"Yoga, which literally means 'union'. A union of individual with ones wellbeing, a body to mind, emotions & soul, nation to globe has officially arrived at the sea shore of It has crossed the boundaries of fundamentalism...ideological extremism," she said in a post dated November 12.


However, the account is not verified by the site.

She also wrote that since, its inception in Saudi, "Yoga has observed a topsy-turvy path, with me as a medium. God gave me strength to fight all difficulties, real difficulties. God was with me as an observer and infused courage in me whenever required. Here is a day, that finally practicing yoga is no more a deviant behaviour in Saudi."

She also thanked the Indian and the Consulate General for "unlimited" support.

This development comes at a time when many Muslims in India and elsewhere are under pressure from their religious leaders not to practice yoga which they claim is "un-Islamic".

Last week, Rafia Naaz, a woman yoga teacher in Ranchi, was allegedly threatened by members of her community after she performed yoga.

Yoga has been promoted in a big way by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and with concerted efforts by the government, the United Nations has also declared June 21 as 'Yoga Day'.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, November 15 2017. 12:02 IST
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