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  • Is Yoga Shirk?


    Yoga is a religious practice of Hindus I thought. Even if it's only for exercise purposes is it still bad?
    You can't do good and bad at the same time. The bad always wins.

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    Re: Is Yoga Shirk?

    Well i didnt know that, looking forward to the replies, i guess if thats true it might be immatating of the kuffar but idk sis
    يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلنَّاسُ ٱعْبُدُوا۟ رَبَّكُمُ ٱلَّذِى خَلَقَكُمْ وَٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

    O mankind, worship your Lord, who created you and those before you, that you may become righteous

    Surah Al Baqarah ayah 21


    • #3
      Re: Is Yoga Shirk?
      Praise be to Allaah.

      The Islamic ruling on practising yoga

      To sum up, it is not permissible for the Muslim to practice yoga at all, whether he does it on the basis of belief or imitating others, or because he is seeking a particular so-called benefit. That is due to a number of reasons which we may conclude from what is mentioned above, and which we will sum up as follows:


      Because Yoga is contrary to Tawheed and involves associating other deities with Allah, may He be exalted, and because it involves prostrating to the sun and repeating its names.Because it involves imitation of idol worshippers and resembling them, and the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” Narrated by Ahmad, Abu Dawood and al-Tabaraani from Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him).


      Because some of its practices are harmful to most people and lead to serious health consequences for them. Some of its practices involve sitting in a very strange and shameful way, and sitting in a lazy way, oblivious to what is going on around one. This is also harmful from a health and psychological point of view. The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “There should be neither harming nor reciprocating harm.” Narrated by Ahmad and Ibn Maajah from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him).


      Because it is a waste of time doing something that does not bring anything but harm and loss in this world, and calamity and despair in the Hereafter. The trustworthy Messenger (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “A person’s feet will not move on, on the Day of Resurrection, until he has been asked about four things: his life and how he spent it, his knowledge and what he did with it, his wealth and from where he acquired it and on what he spent it, and his body and how he used it.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi from Abu Barzah.


      Because it is a clear call to imitate animals and detracts from human dignity, such as: adopting nakedness, resting on all fours in most of the exercises (Surya Namaskar or sun salutation) and the special posture in the third and eighth exercises.


      Because many of those who tried to practice what is called scientific yoga or behavioural therapy fell into the pit of drugs and addiction, and this remedy has been proven to be ineffective and of no benefit.


      Because it is based on lies and charlatanry; its promoters rely on deceit and twisting the facts in spreading it. Thus it attracted the attention of a large number of those who are simple-natured and many of those who are weak in faith.


      Because a few of those who practice yoga or some other esoteric or deviant trends may perform extraordinary feats, people are deceived by it. But in most cases they are only using devils among the jinn as in the case of magic and so on, and this is haraam according to Islam.


      Most of the advice given by the promoters of yoga is harmful to the individual, including the following:

      (a) Nakedness and what it causes of cultural, sexual, psychological and physical diseases.

      (b) Exposing the skin to the sun. We have seen the harm that this causes, especially when there is lengthy exposure to the sun.

      (c) Fixing the gaze on the disc of the sun, which causes severe damage to the eyes.

      (d) Encouraging a vegetarian diet for which Allah has not revealed any authority.

      Al-Yoga fi Mizan al-Naqd al-‘Ilmi, p. 84-86

      And Allah knows best.
      Read the full fatwa on given link
      Winning an argument doesn't mean you're on truth, losing an argument doesn't mean you're on falsehood.


      • #4
        Re: Is Yoga Shirk?


        it depends on intention; if one does it just for exercise then it's not shirk

        if one does it as from of worship too but intends to worship Allah then this will be bidah; if intention is to worship some hindu idol then that's shirk!

        ps: everything a muslim does, as long as it's halaal, it is worship, but ofcourse what I mean by intending a form of worship is bidah is that if we consider it a prayer type worship


        • #5
          Is Yoga Shirk?

          switch to tai-chi instead
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          • #6
            Re: Is Yoga Shirk?

            Tai chi also has roots in polytheism, so no don't do it



            • #7
              Re: Is Yoga Shirk?

              Article by Darul Ilm:

              I have been advised to Yoga as it’s the best method of Relaxation
              "Allah's choicest people are those whom His fear has driven to absolute silence although they are neither helpless nor dumb. Rather they are possessors of eloquence and have power to speak and sense to understand. But constant glorification of Allah's name has so overpossessed their wits that their hearts are overawed and their lips sealed. When they get established in this stage they hasten towards righteoussness."


              • #8
                Re: Is Yoga Shirk?

                Originally posted by bhshawon View Post

                read the full fatwa on given link
                Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see.


                • #9
                  Re: Is Yoga Shirk?

                  I was told that as long as you keep the religious/spiritual aspects out of it (such as saying "om"), it's fine. Just do the positions in private and you should be fine, insha'Allah. It's very good for you.


                  • #10
                    Re: Is Yoga Shirk?

                    Interesting name the person checking abu musabs fatwa there

                    Its not the person who went to shaam and denounced the deobandis is it?



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