Tuesday, June 09, 2015
Muslim Leaders In India Object To Required Yoga Sun Salutation In Schools
The Wall Street Journal reports today that Muslim leaders in India are complaining that schools in the states of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh are requiring students to learn yoga, including "surya namaskar"-- the sun salutation. Students are also required to chant "Om" or other Sanskrit verses that the All India Muslim Personal Law Board says are connected to the Hindu religion. Islamic law prohibits Muslims from bending before anyone other than Allah or God. The controversy comes as India prepares to celebrate the world's first International Day of Yoga next week. The All India Imam Organization says that yoga connected to health rather than religion is fine so long as the sun salutation is not required.