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Absolutely nonsense, Anjuman-I-Islam Mumbai President on Yoga Session in Ramzan
Wednesday June 15, 2016 5:29 PM, Staff Reporter

[Screenshot of the news carried by Zee News claiming Mumbai's Anjuman-I-Islam organised Yoga camp during Ramzan]

Mumbai: Vehemently condemning the malicious reporting by Zee News, Anjuman-I-Islam President Dr. Zahir Kazi on Wednesday denied reports that Yoga sessions are being organized in Anjuman schools during the month of Ramzan.

“Absolutely nonsense”, Dr. Zahir Kazir said while talking to on phone when asked if Yoga Camps are being organized in Anjuaman-I-Islam schools during Ramzan – the holy month of fasting.

“None of my school or unit organized any such Yoga camp as reported by the media”, he said.

“In fact, all of our schools were closed for summer vacations, and they resumed work only yesterday”, he added.

In a report titled “Mumbai's Anjuman-I-Islam' organises Yoga camp, Muslim students say it's beneficial during Ramzan fasting”, Zee News reported on its website Tuesday that students of Anjuman-e-Islam have been practicing Yoga for thirty minutes every day, asserting that it is not associated to any religion and should be practiced by everyone.

The Zee News Bureau also cited a brief history of the Anjuman in its report.

“Anjuman-I-Islam, Mumbai was founded in the year 1874 by a small group of devout and progressive Muslims lead by none other than Dr Badruddin Tyabji, Third President of Indian National Congress and the First Acting Indian Chief Justice of Bombay High Court, with a ‘desire to see the Muslim Community advance in education and social standing’”, the report said.

Interestingly, news agency ANI carried a report on Tuesday claiming students of Anjuman-I-Islam Ahmedabad are participating in Yoga sessions organised by the school.

The ANI report also quoted a student Nameera who highlighted the benefits of Yoga and also said that Yoga is not associated to any religion and can be practised by everyone.

In the ANI report, Nameera also said that Yoga helps them to keep up with following Roza (fast) during the month of Ramzan (Ramadan).

In its report, Zee News used the name of the student as “Amira”, and reproduced what “Nameera” has claimed to have said while talking to ANI.

Yoga Day, is celebrated annually on June 21 and was declared to be internationally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on December 11, 2014.

The Muslim leaders however raised objection, especially chanting of 'Om'. They said that Yoga, including Surya Namaskar, requires a person to bow (to Sun God), and bowing was a practice reserved for Namaz.

"Islam being a monotheistic religion, the followers cannot bow before anyone except Allah, and it is wrong to impose such things on Muslims,” they said.

Moreover, the ANI and Zee News both in their reports quoted Mallick Husseinbai, the Physical Health instructor of the school, saying that the students were greatly benefitting from practicing Yoga.

Dr. Zahir Kazi however said none of his school or unit has Physical Health instructor whose name is Mallick Husseinbai as mentioned in Zee News report. None from the Anjman-I-Islam Ahmedabad management could be contacted for further verification.

Zee News along with few other media outlets was earlier accused of broadcasting doctored video of the February 09 Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) protest led by JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar. A Zee News producer had later resigned over what he called as the ‘biased’ JNU coverage done by the channel.

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