[Girl students of Anjuman e Islam High School, Ahmedabad practicing Yoga for World Yoga Day. 2015 File/Desh Gujarat]
Ahmedabad: Ahead of World Yoga Day on June 21, girl students of Anjuman-e-Islam Ahmedabad have been practicing Yoga for thirty minutes every day, asserting that it helps them to keep up with following Roza (fast) during the month of Ramzan (Ramadan).
The girl students also said that Yoga is not associated to any religion and should be practiced by everyone, according to ANI.
"We all know that Yoga has several benefits. Yoga is not associated to any religion and can be practised by everyone. Yoga helps us to get through the day in a healthy fashion. We are not supposed to drink water nor eat anything during Ramzan and practicing Yoga helps us with the pressure," Nameera, a student from the school, said.
Mallick Husseinbai, the Physical Health instructor of the school, said that the students were greatly benefitting from practicing Yoga.
He also said that the students were given the option to chant or not chant the 'Omkar' mantra.
Yoga Day, is celebrated annually on June 21 and was declared to be internationally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on December 11, 2014.
The Muslim leaders however raised objection, especially chanting of 'Om'. They said that Yoga, including Surya Namaskar, requires a person to bow (to Sun God), and bowing was a practice reserved for Namaz.
"Islam being a monotheistic religion, the followers cannot bow before anyone except Allah, and it is wrong to impose such things on Muslims,” they said.