I was just browsing through the local online papers this morning and I saw an article entitled, "National Fatwa Council - ruling on yoga exercise". So being the curious mind that I am, I explored and found that it was indeed what I pictured in my mind... An excercise routine developed to increase spiritual and physical wellbeing is against a religion?!?!?!
"GEORGE TOWN: The National Fatwa Council will soon come out with a ruling on yoga exercise.
The Islamic Development Department’s deputy director-general (operations) Othman Mustapha said the council’s chairman, Prof Datuk Dr Abdul Shukor Husin, would make the announcement.
Othman told reporters this after opening the two-day seminar on Islamic Jurisprudence and Eternal Islamic Thinking at Universiti Sains Malaysia here yesterday.
On Tuesday, lecturer Prof Zakaria Stapa of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Islamic Studies Centre advised Muslims who have taken up yoga to stop practising it as it could deviate from their belief. – Bernama"
And here I thought that we, of the Malaysian mindset and of racial harmony, were already well into the 21st Century. But heck, we're getting the same shite that's happening the the US vice-precidential election of Obama vs Palin. Whilst Obama is talking 21st century rationalism, his competition talks of Dark Age inanity.