NEWS REPORT – THE TELEGRAPH – CALCUTTA DATED 31st October 2009.
Come November 3 the yoga guru Baba Ramdev, whose influence streches across virtually the whole spectrum of Indian Politics, will add another feather to his cap.
He will address half a million moulvis (religious teachers) at Darul Uloom – Deoband (UP) along with Shri Shri Ravi Sahkar, the duo becoming the first nion-Muslim religious leaders ever to speak, at perhaps India’s most influencial Islamic seminary.
The occasion is the annual conclave of the Jamiat Ulema e Hind, the parent body of the seminary and one of the countries largest Muslim Organisation. Sources said 5 lakh moulvis are expected to attend the general session.
‘Yoga is a good exercise. If some words that are supposed to be chanted while performing like ‘OM’ have religious connotations, then Muslim need not utter those. They can instead recite verses from the Quran or praise Allah or remain silent" the Darul Uloom has said.
Ramdev too declarecd that one could do yoga without pronouncing "OM" substituting for it a prolonged utterance of "ALLAH" or "GOD"
I have adapted a few years back while attending yoga classes for a weak back. I hope out of the half million moulvis attending the session, some on takes notice and my adaptation, finds into the mainstream of daily morning routine