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from THE JAKARTA POST -- SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2008 -- PAGE 6 When a Malaysian friend told me that Malaysia's National Fatwa Council had declared that "yoga is forbidden for Muslims", I honestly thought he was joking. It was, therefore, surreal for me to see this topic being discussed in the editorial section of this paper.
However, I then began to question whether I and many of my Muslims friend had become closeted Hindus after practicing yoga for years.
As an enthusiast of Ashtanga Yoga, I wondered which part of it has caused some kind of irritation to these ulemas.
If we translate plainly, Surya Namaskara, which is central to the practice of …