After trousers, Malaysia Muslim body targets yoga

Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:39am EDT
 
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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters Life!) - Not content with banning women from wearing trousers, Malaysia's top Islamic council now wants a ban on yoga, according to a report on state news agency Bernama.

The National Fatwa Council's Deputy Director-General Othman Mustapha told reporters after a seminar on Islamic jurisprudence on Thursday that the announcement would be made soon.

Professor Zakaria Stapa of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia's Islamic Studies Center told the seminar on Wednesday that Muslims who had taken up yoga should stop practicing as it could damage their faith, Bernama said.

Last week the Fatwa Council decreed that tomboyish behavior by girls, including wearing trousers, was immoral as it may lead to the practice of lesbian sex.

Gay sex is prohibited in this country of 27 million people where over half of the population is Muslim.

(Reporting by David Chance; Editing by David Fox)