Thursday, 27 November 2008

'Merenjis, bersanding juga ada unsur agama lain'- Mufti

Harakahdaily Thu Nov 27, 08 9:29:44 am MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, 27 Nov (Hrkh) - Mufti Perlis Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin. telah menegur pihak Majlis Fatwa Kebangsaan supaya memberi alternatif pada fatwa yoga dengan membuang unsur yang bertentangan dengan agama Islam.

Beliau menasihatkan agar Majlis Fatwa tidak terlalu kaku dalam mengeluarkan fatwa dan memberi alternatif yang memisahkan amalan yoga yang mengandungi unsur agama dengan amalan yoga untuk kebaikan kesihatan. "Saya bukan kata fatwa itu salah. Memanglah apa saja perlakuan yang menyerupai agama lain itu haram. Kita sepatutnya pisahkan bacaan atau mentera dalam senaman yoga itu sendiri. Jangan ada sebarang unsur-unsur syirik yang menyamai agama lain. "Majlis Fatwa jangan hanya mengharamkan saja tapi berilah alternatif," katanya yang dipetik daripada laman web.
Katanya banyak lagi amalan-amalan sukan yang diambil dari budaya lain seperti tai chi, judo, taekwando dan semua sukan tersebut bukan asal usul Islam tetapi diamalkan kerana ianya baik untuk kesihatan. Katanya seseorang perlu meningggalkan yang bertentangan sahaja, samada pergerakan, bacaan atau kepercayaan namun boleh mengekalkan pergerakan yoga yang baik untuk kesihatan.
"Semua sukan ini bukan asal usul Islam tetapi diamalkan kerana ianya baik untuk kesihatan. "Kenapa tak kaji amalan-amalan lain yang ada unsur Hindu seperti tepung tawar, bersanding, merenjis. Semua ini boleh dibahaskan...," kata Dr Asri -Harakah

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Malaysia's yoga ban faces opposition from Royals

Agence France-Presse - 11/25/2008 7:47 AM GMT

A ban on yoga by Malaysia's highest Islamic body is facing opposition from royal state rulers, who are considered the guardians of Islam in the country, reports said Tuesday. 

Two states in Malaysia -- Perak and Selangor -- are delaying gazetting the fatwa, which would make it state law, saying that their royal rulers should first give their consent. 

Devotees of yoga and moderate Muslim groups have criticised the weekend ruling by the government-backed National Fatwa Council, which said that the ancient practice could erode Muslims' faith. 

In an unusual intervention, Selangor's Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah reportedly said the yoga ban could not be implemented before his state's fatwa committee had a chance to consider the matter. 

Sharafuddin said the issue had to be investigated "in greater detail so that a decision is not made hastily," according to the Star newspaper. 

The Islamic religious department in northern Perak state has also revoked an earlier decision to adopt the ruling, saying that the Perak sultan's consent was not sought. 
Norhayati Kaprawi from prominent civil society group Sisters of Islam said the sultans were exercising their right to be heard in such cases. 

"The danger is when a fatwa is elevated as if it was something divine and cannot be challenged, when in fact all it means literally is just an opinion," she told AFP. 
Sharafuddin also said that future religious decrees should be approved by the council of state rulers before being announced, to avoid "any confusion or controversy." 

A vociferous Islamic religious leader from the northern state of Perlis, Asri Zainul Abidin, also spoke out against the yoga decision and said Muslims could follow a non-religious version of the popular exercise. 

"The fatwa council should not be so rigid and should instead consider allowing Muslims to practise it solely for health benefits instead of issuing a blanket ban on the practice," he told AFP. 

Sisters in Islam's Norhayati said that the edict also rang "warning bells" about a "regressive trend" in Malaysia, where the population is dominated by Muslim Malays, who live alongside ethnic Chinese and Indian minorities. 

"It has been escalating lately and this reflects a larger issue of growing conservatism," she said. 

Courtesy of MSN News 11/25/2008 7:47 AM GMT

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