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I have been advised to Yoga as it’s the best method of Relaxation

 

Question:

 

Wslm. Because off my Panic Attacks and Blood Pressure Condition I have been advised to Yoga as it’s the best method of Relaxation. I am told by some sources that it Haraam. I would like you to give me an answer on that inshallah. Wslm.

 

Answer:

 

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem.

Alhamdulillaahi was salaatu was salaamu `alaa Rasoolillaahi wa `alaa aalihi wa sahbihi wa man waalaahu, wa ba`d:

 

Yoga is more than just a few “innocent” postures and exercises as many people think. Yoga finds its roots in Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism.

 

Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual discipline whose aim is to connect a person with the hindu false deities such as Vishnu, shiva etc depending on which hindu philosophical school they follow.

Yoga is mentioned by name many times in the hindu scriptures, such as the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads and the Mahabharata.

 

Every asana (posture) that exists in yoga has a religious purpose attached to it.

For example:

 

The Surya Namaskar, or sun salutation as it’s known in English, is a series of postures done to thank the sun.

 

Likewise the Chandra Namaskar, or moon salutation, is a series of postures done to thank the moon.

 

Swami Param of the Classical Yoga Hindu Academy commented on one of the asanas and said: “To think of it as mere physical movement is tantamount to saying that baptism is just an underwater exercise.”

 

The most famous asana, the Padmasana, or Lotus throne posture where one sits cross legged, is a very highly regarded posture in the aforementioned religions, hence why their deities are often depicted in that posture.

 

Even the Pranayama (breathing exercises) have religious connotations, because literally pranayama means the expansion and restraint of the life force, the purpose of pranayama is to awaken Kundalini (latent divine power), ultimately resulting in a person becoming one in consciousness with one of the false deities.

 

These are the most basic and commonly used postures.

 

So how can we term yoga as permissible?

 

Even the Christians question whether it’s acceptable for Christians to do yoga, because they can see how blatantly clear yoga is permeated with Hinduism.

 

So how can a Muslim who believes in Allaah involve himself in such things?

 

Allaah says in Surah Kaafiroon: “Say (O Muhammad Sallallaahu `Alayhi Wa Sallam) O you disbelievers, I do not worship that which you worship, nor are you worshippers of what I worship, nor will I be a worshipper of what you worship, nor will you be worshippers of what I worship, for you is your religion and for me is my religion.” [i]

 

The Kuffaar have their means of relaxation and meditation, and we have ours. They have yoga and we have Salaah, recitation of the Qur’aan and Dhikr.

 

Allaah says in Surah Ra`d, Aayah 28: “Those who believe and whose hearts find peace in the remembrance of Allaah, indeed in the remembrance of Allaah do the hearts find peace.” [ii]

 

Hadhrat Anas Radhiallaahu `Anhu narrates that Rasoolullaah Sallallaahu `Alayhi Wa Sallam said: “Women and perfume have been made dear to me, and the coolness of my eyes has been placed in Salaah.”Sunan An-Nasaa’ee. [iii]

 

And Allaah knows best.

 

Answered by:

Ubaidullah Ibn Adam Aal-Ebrahim.

 

Checked and Approved by:

Mufti Rashid Ahmed Moosagie.

 

Tuesday 1st Dhul Qa`dah 1433 – 18th September 2012.


 [i]قُلْ يَا أَيُّهَا الْكَافِرُونَ. لَا أَعْبُدُ مَا تَعْبُدُونَ. وَلَا أَنْتُمْ عَابِدُونَ مَا أَعْبُدُ. وَلَا أَنَا عَابِدٌ مَا عَبَدْتُمْ. وَلَا أَنْتُمْ عَابِدُونَ مَا أَعْبُدُ. لَكُمْ دِينُكُمْ وَلِيَ دِينِ.

 [ii]الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَتَطْمَئِنُّ قُلُوبُهُمْ بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ أَلَا بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوبُ. سورة الرعد آية ٢٨.

 [iii]عَنْ أَنَسٍ قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: «حُبِّبَ إِلَيَّ النِّسَاءُ وَالطِّيبُ، وَجُعِلَتْ قُرَّةُ عَيْنِي فِي الصَّلَاةِ» – رواه  الإمام النسائي رحمه الله في سننه بسند صحيح.

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