SHAH ALAM, 24 Nov 2008: The Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah hopes that in future, any decision on a fatwa (religious edict) involving an issue affecting the public be referred to the Conference of Malay Rulers before being announced.
The Sultan said this was to ensure that the decision on the fatwa would be channelled to the people in a wise manner to avoid any confusion and controversy.
Sultan Sharafuddin said this in a statement issued by his private secretary Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani, here, today following the fatwa issued by the National Fatwa Council on Saturday that yoga is “haram” (forbidden in Islam) as it contains Hindu elements, thus could affect the “aqidah” (faith) of Muslims who practise yoga.
The Sultan said the fatwa banning Muslims from practising yoga had not been enforced in Selangor as it had not been brought before the State Fatwa Committee.
“The committee chaired by Selangor Mufti Datuk Mohd Tamyes Abdul Wahid will meet to discuss in-depth yoga activities in the state to avoid making a hasty decision.
“After the final decision is made by the Selangor State Fatwa Committee on the matter, it will be presented to the Sultan for consent,” said the statement.
It said this was in line with the provisions in the Selangor Islamic Administration Enactment 2003 on the acceptance of a decision on fatwa. — Bernama