The recent decision by the Indonesian Ulemas Council to issue a fatwah declaring Yoga as incompatible with Islam has been met with disbelief by Indian religious commentators. A fascinating viewpoint outlined in a ‘comment’ piece by Firoz Bakht Amhed, written as a rejoinder to the current debate, argues that Yoga is fully compatible with Islam, and is a powerful tool for interfaith practice as well as dialogue. Stating uncategorically that “yoga is a way of life for the followers of all religions”, Amhed links yoga to the non-dual philosophical system of Advaita, a wonderful example of Indian hierarchical inclusivism, that Louis Dumont has previously labelled ‘encompassment’. This debate is, of course, part of a much wider backdrop of Muslim-Hindu encounter in South and South East Asia, which is again creating headlines – particluarly with the elections in Uttar Pradesh, India that are still embroiled in the 1992 Ayodhya crisis. Click here, here and here to read more.
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