Presented by Guruwafaa in 1985, Islam yoga aims to help the practitioner find inner peace, harmony and balance while acting in accordance with Islamic culture and practice.
Islam yoga is based on five principles:
- Moral health - This includes faith in God, as well as communication in relationships with others.
- Physical health - This includes the practice of salat (ritual prayer), control of the five senses and Islamic healing.
- Mental health - This includes meditation practice with a focus on nature, positive ideas and concepts from the Qu’ran.
- Spiritual practice - This includes the five pillars of Islam, which are belief in God, daily prayers, fasting, charitable donation and pilgrimage.
- Islamic symbols, arts and sciences - This includes Islamic astrology and architecture.
Some Islamic clerics have argued that the practice of yoga is haram
, or not permissible in Islam. Muslims who agree with this may choose not to practice the chanting or worship elements of yoga. Others, such as the Sufi sect, however, have embraced yoga as a spiritual practice; and still more Muslims see yoga, including the chanting and devotional elements, as completely compatible with their religious beliefs.