All India Muslim Personal Law Board to campaign against compulsory yoga and Surya namaskar


The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) is set to launch a nationwide campaign against the NDA government’s decision to make ‘Surya Namaskar’ and yoga compulsory in government schools, claiming the decision to be an attack on one’s freedom to propagate their own religious beliefs.

AIMPLB member Maulana Khalid Rashid Farangi Mahali told a news agency that the board would constitute a committee of members headed by Rahmani himself and launch a country-wide campaign against the move of making ‘Surya Namaskar’ and Yoga compulsory in schools. “The committee will also find ways to make Muslim community aware of their constitutional rights. During the campaign, we will put forth our view on Surya Namaskar and Yoga and explain as to why it was against our religious beliefs and should not be forced on our children,” said Rahmani.

Union Minister Mukhtar Naqvi responded to the same as he reportedly said that there will be no imposition of any order and that the issue must not be politicised. “Those who have problem should not do it. There should be no politics on yoga,” he added.

Emphasizing that this is not a Hindu-Muslim tension, Rahmani said that the board would make attempts to include members of other religions as well.