AIMPLB opposes Surya Namaskar sessions, calls it anti-Islamic
In line with the Centre’s directive, state governments have issued a circular in December asking the institutes to hold Surya Namaskar sessions
New Delhi: The Centre’s directive to ask the institutes to hold 'Surya Namaskar' sessions in schools and colleges has been opposed by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB).
Moulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, General Secretary of the AIMPLB, in a letter addressed to the community, alleged that 'Surya Namaskar' is a form of 'Surya puja' (prayer to the sun) and Islam does not allow it.
"All India Muslim Personal Law Board opposes Government directive to organize 'Surya Namaskar' program in schools between Jan 1-Jan 7 on the 75th anniversary of Independence Day; says 'Surya Namaskar' is a form of Surya puja and Islam does not allow it."
In line with the Centre’s directive, state governments have issued a circular in December asking the institutes to hold Surya Namaskar sessions during the morning assembly for 7 days from Jan 1 to 7 and ensure maximum participation. Several institutes, meanwhile, have accused the government of attempting to saffronize school education and divide students along communal lines and vehemently opposed the move.
The Ministry of AYUSH on Monday launched the Surya Namaskar program with an aim to create a culture of fitness and promote a healthy lifestyle through the practice of Yogasana.
Union Ayush Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said the initiative is in line with the tribute to 75 years of India's independence "Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav". He also laid the foundation stone of the Heartfulness International Yoga academy in Hyderabad.