Jharkhand: Fatwa fails to deter Muslim girl from yoga routine

Fatwa and threats filed to deter 21-year-old Rafia Naaz, who is committed towards her mission, ‘Yoga Beyond Religion’ (YBR) and runs a yoga School in Ranchi.

Published: 21st June 2018 02:38 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st June 2018 05:47 AM   |  A+A-

File Image for Representational Purposes.

Express News Service

RANCHI: Fatwa and threats filed to deter 21-year-old Rafia Naaz, who is committed towards her mission, ‘Yoga Beyond Religion’ (YBR) and runs a yoga School in Ranchi. Rafia, who has been practising yoga right from the age of four, believes it is not for any religion of community and must be recognised purely as a fitness sport.

A fatwa had been issued against her last November for practising yoga and she was threatened with death by some people from her community, following which she was provided security by the Jharkhand government.

Rafia, presently pursuing yoga from Doranda College, makes out a living for her family by teaching yoga at a local orphanage.

Rafia came into limelight after she shared stage with Baba Ramdev sometime back. She has bagged more than 52 medals and certificates of appreciation during several national and international events.

“Objective behind YBR is to bring orphans and poor children to the mainstream so that they can be provided employment in the field of yoga,” she said. When the whole world has embraced yoga in view of its benefits, why should there be opposition to it in our own country, she asks.

“Those who don’t want to chant mantras can practice yoga by taking the name of Khuda. If still they don’t want to adopt it, they should at least not stop others who want to do it,” said the outspoken yoga teacher.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments(1)

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

  • Krish

    These are the kind of news which our liberals get excited on reading.
    1 year ago reply
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp