The All India Muslim Personal Law Board member Maulana Sajjad Nomani on Monday demanded that Namaz should also be taught to students in government schools and government offices if the government wants to make Hindu practices like Yoga and Surya Namaskar compulsory for them.
"Teach Namaz if you want to teach yoga," Maulana Sajjad Nomani said.
Muslim Law Board member lashed out at the government and said that the government is thrusting Hindutva on Muslims.
Nomani held a press conference in which he said, “If Yoga and Surya Namaskar have been made compulsory then Namaz should also be made compulsory.” He also said that he will be reaching out to other communities to get their support over his proposal. Nomani however said that he was not against the practice of Yoga.
To gain more traction, Nomani has planned an event on February 24-25 in Mumbai. According to Nomani, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board and members from the backward communities will be attending the event. In the past too, the decision of making Yoga compulsory faced a lot of opposition especially from the Muslim member board who said they will not bow down to any Sun God because Surya Namaskar is a yoga asan done in reverence to the Sun God. If that can be made compulsory why not Namaz be made compulsory in all government Schools, questioned Maulana Sajjad Nomani.
Reacting over the Maulana's statement, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that Yoga is a way of life.