Abdul Shukor bin Haji Husin is a member of Malaysia’s National Fatwa Council. The Council, unlike what its name would suggest, isn’t about fat people – a fatwa is an edict issued by an Islamic religious authority. However, the Council is apparently in favor of people being fat – Husin, after consulting with the other councilmen, issued a fatwa condemning yoga.
“Yoga is forbidden for Muslims. The practice will erode their faith in the religion.” While yoga is a part of the Hindu faith, it has been adopted by members of all faiths as a relaxation technique. Husin claimed that common yoga practices like chanting, meditation, and what he dubbed “worshipping” were dangerous to Muslims’ iman (faith) to back up his assertion that yoga can “destroy the faith of a Muslim.” Yes, because bizarre acts of contortion in a group setting led by a hippie with armpit hair as long as his beard can destroy someone’s faith. Does Husin not realize how ridiculous he sounded when issuing this ludicrous fatwa?
Aside from yoga pants, there’s another sort of outfit Husin despises – tomboy clothing, or anything that gives off a lesbian vibe. This hatred of his probably stems from a past girlfriend leaving him for another woman, or something of that nature. He claims that women wearing men’s clothes or behaving like men is “unacceptable.” He issued a fatwa on the subject: “The National Fatwa Council have decided and taken the stand that [lesbian] acts are forbidden and banned.”
Husin really seems like he needs to relax and release some stress instead of condemning people for living as they choose. Perhaps he should take up yoga.