The Karnataka unit of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has asked Muslim students and parents not to participate in “Surya Namaskar” on the occasion of the 75th Republic Day of India.
Dr. Muhammad Saad Belgami, JIH President told IANS that, “Surya Namaskaar” is against Islam.
“We don’t prostrate before our prophet and we believe in oneness of the God. Surya Namaskar is not allowed for Muslim students,” he said.
We also strongly advice Muslim parents and children not to participate in this idolatrous practice. This should also be an occasion to make children understand the concept of oneness of God and its demands. We urge the management of schools and institutions to respect this diversity and freedom of choice,” he was quoted as saying by IANS.
“Islam strictly recommends that is permissible only to the creator of the entire universe – Allah. Muslims are not allowed to prostrate even to the beloved personality of Prophet Muhammad (SAW). We have been asked not to perform Namaz, including prostration at the exact time of dawn or dusk to avoid any doubt of resemblance to sun worship,” he said.
The government of India has issued instructions on that Surya Namaskar should be observed in the country on it’s 75th Republic Day.