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Tuesday
Fernandez’s TELLING IT AS IT IS
November 25, 2008
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Yoga fatwa on hold


by Terence Fernandez
newsdesk@thesundaily.com COUNCIL OF RULERS MUST APPROVE
PETALING JAYA: The implementation
of the fatwa (edicts) on yoga and
EDICT BEFORE IMPLEMENTATION TOP OF THE HEAP ...
tomboys announced by the National When contacted, an Istana Bukit as Perak is concerned, both fatwa will Chris Brown poses with his awards for favourite
Fatwa Council are on hold pending the Kayangan official said any religious not be implemented as yet,” said a male artist in the pop/rock and the soul/R&B
Council of Rulers’ approval. edict can be issued only by the Council palace source in Kuala Kangsar. categories at the 2008 American Music Awards
According to sources, the rulers of Rulers before its implementation. “It Jamry yesterday withdrew his in Los Angeles on Sunday night. The 19-year-
have expressed reservation over the is not for the Fatwa Council to declare statement. He said as JAIP director, old star, famed for his on-stage athleticism,
pronouncement of the fatwa and want edicts at its whims and fancy,” he said. it was beyond his jurisdiction and dis- overshadowed Alicia Keys, who led the field
to study both edicts before giving royal “So as far as Selangor is concerned, cretion to make a stand on a religious with five nominations, and ended up with
assent. any fatwa issued without the proper matter which was the prerogative a pair of statuettes.
The fatwa prohibiting Muslims procedure does not stand, and this of the Sultan of Perak. “The Brown was clearly shocked
from practising yoga, an ancient form involves (on) yoga and tomboys.” fatwa (on yoga) cannot be when his name was
of exercise with roots in adopted in Perak announced for artiste of
Hinduism, was issued yet as it has not the year, the ceremony’s
on Saturday by National It is the wish of Tuanku that in future any been discussed final award.
Fatwa Council chairman fatwa that will affect the general public by the State » Full report and more
Datuk Dr Abdul Shukor will be brought to the Council of Rulers first Fatwa Com- photos page 19
Husin. On Oct 23, he mittee and
issued another edict
before it is announced.” brought to
banning tomboys and the attention
lesbianism. of the State
Yesterday Sultan of Selangor Sultan A source said some Malay rulers Islamic Religious
Sharafuddin Idris Shah declared that were not pleased with the edicts as and Malay Cus-
for now the fatwa on yoga will not be they were not consulted, as required. toms Council
enforced in the state as the edict was “It is felt that the Fatwa Council did before being
not brought before the Selangor Fatwa not respect the position of the Sultans presented to the
Committee. Perak is believed to have a as guardians of Islam in their states,” Perak Sultan for
similar position. said the source. consent,” he told
“The State Fatwa Committee which According to procedure, after a Bernama.
is chaired by the Mufti of Selangor will fatwa is discussed by the State Fatwa Meanwhile,
convene to discuss the matter in depth, Committee, the Mufti, submits it to in MALACCA,
so that no decision is made in haste,” the Islamic Religious Council, which Chief Minister
His Royal Highness said in a statement in turn makes a recommendation to Datuk Seri Mohd
issued through his private secretary the Ruler for his assent to publish the Ali Rustam said
Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani. The state- fatwa in a Gazette. Once published, the state govern-
ment said after the committee had the fatwa is binding on every Muslim ment would gazette
decided on the fatwa, the proposal will in the state. the fatwa on yoga by
be presented to the Sultan who will The source added that such next month, the latest.
decide if it should be adopted. This is protocol was common knowledge He said the state govern-
in line with the Islamic Administration to members of the National Fatwa ment fully supported the ruling
Enactment (Selangor) 2003. Council. It is not known if Abdul that the systematic practice of
“It is the wish of Tuanku that in Shukor will be summoned by the yoga which involved physical
future any fatwa that will affect the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, however movements, mantra and the
general public will be brought to the Perak State Religious Department aim of oneness with God were
Council of Rulers first before it is (JAIP) director Datuk Jamry Sury has against Islamic teachings.
announced,” the statement said, add- earned the displeasure of the royal “I will hold a special meeting
ing that by adhering to protocol and household for saying the state would with the Malacca State Islamic Reli-
procedure, any decision to implement adopt the fatwa on yoga even before gious Council to discuss the matter,”
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a fatwa “can be done intelligently so as Sultan Azlan Shah or Raja Muda Raja he said after visiting the state zakat
to avoid confusion and controversy”. Nazrin Shah were consulted. “As far headquarters in Bukit Palah.