On International Yoga Day 2020, former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif sharing his pictures of practicing Yoga on social media, wished fans. He wrote, "Fall in love with taking care of yourself. Mind. Body. Spirit." While fans called him a 'fitness master', a few fundamentalist took to the comments section to brutally troll the cricketer.
A user wrote, "Yoga is haram in Islam."
Another user commented, "Bahi ye nautanki mat kar Namaz 5time ka padh full fit रहेगा with mind and soul..at least aap log to ye mat kar bhai. Kaif, Irfan, Yusuf aga aisi nautanki me fase ga to bad hai..."
For the unversed, there are different opinions among Islamic scholars on the practicing of Yoga. While some are of the view that it is not allowed in Islam as it stems from Hindu and Buddhist beliefs. Others argue that it can be practiced in accordance with the sharee'ah laws.
The International Yoga Day was proposed by Prime Minister Modi in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 27, 2014. : On the occasion of International Yoga Day on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Yoga enhances our quest for a healthier planet and goes beyond race, colour, gender, faith and descent. Many congratulations and best wishes to all of you on the 6th International Yoga Day. This day is a day of solidarity and universal brotherhood," Prime Minister Modi said.
"Yoga enhances our quest for a healthier planet. It has emerged as a force for unity and deepens the bonds of humanity. It does not discriminate, it goes beyond race, colour, gender, faith and descent," he added.
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