At a time when various clerics in India are standing against the practicing of Yoga by Muslim community, the Saudi Arabian government has given recognition to Yoga as a sports activity. And the credit goes to Nouf Marwaai, the founder of the Arab Yoga Foundation in the Saudi kingdom and a breast cancer survivor.
On November 12th she said in a Facebook post,”Yoga, which literally means ‘union’. A union of the individual with one’s wellbeing, a body to mind, emotions & soul, nation to globe has officially arrived at the seashore of Saudi Arabia. It has crossed the boundaries of fundamentalism…ideological extremism.”
She also wrote,”Yoga has observed a topsy-turvy path, with me as a medium. God gave me the strength to fight all difficulties, real difficulties. God was with me as an observer and infused courage in me whenever required. Here is a day, that finally practicing yoga is no more a deviant behavior in Saudi.”
“At the end of the post, I want to reveal the pinch in my heart. India which is The land of Yoga shall be proud of their legacy. A bit disheartened to tell you that some Indians living in Saudi Arabia enforced more resistance” She added.
She is receiving a lot of congratulatory messages on her post from people of all religions and countries and the spirit of these people surely needs to be seen by the clerics from our country who are putting barriers against Yoga.
Nouf Marwaai claims she survived cancer with the help and benefits of Yoga practice.
Nouf Marwaai, Yoga Practitioner in Saudi Arabia says yoga helped her to survive cancer. Adds very proud and thankful that Allaha put yoga in her path. Saudi Arabia has allowed yoga practice as a sports activity. pic.twitter.com/y1zLd4nvc2
— Sidhant Sibal (@sidhant) November 14, 2017
Marwaai is also Saudi Arabia’s first certified yoga instructor. In an exclusive interview with WION, Nouf said that it was not an easy journey for her to convince her society to accept yoga as a part of their lifestyle. Yoga was being claimed as a un-Islamic activity before and there were pressures from political figures not to practice it.
She learned yoga by herself first by reading and doing research. Then with the help of Indian Ayurvedic doctors and others, she conducted a lot of awareness campaigns. Now she is teaching 40 new people every month making Yoga popular in Saudi Arabic cities. According to her, there are more than 8,000 yoga followers in Jeddah.
Marwaai also thanked Narendra Modi for his Yoga campaigns and celebrating Yoga day and also Indian mansion in Jeddah for supporting them in their campaign.
At a time when the whole world is accepting it, we hope the clerics in our nation also stop attacking the people practicing or teaching Yoga as it has nothing to do with religion.