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Rafiz Naaz, Muslim girl who teaches yoga, alleges threat to life

Ranchi (Jharkhand), Dec 5 (Zee News): Rafia Naaz, the Muslim girl who teaches yoga in Ranchi, has alleged life threat by unidentified persons. She had registered a complaint in this regard at a police station in the Jharkhand capital.

In the complaint, Rafia has alleged that she has been receiving abusive and life threatening messages on her mobile phone and social media profile. She also alleged that she is being referred to as an RSS agent.

Rafia, however, said that she has been given adequate help and security by the district administration.

Earlier in November, stones were hurled at Rafia’s residence by unidentified miscreants. The incident had occurred while she was speaking to Zee News on a fatwa issued against her by the members of her community.

Yoga guru Ramdev had also come out in her support.

Reacting to the stone pelting incident, Ramdev had said, "From Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan to Saudi Arabia so many Muslims practice Yoga. It is an exercise which is good for mental and physical wellness."

"Religion shouldn't be brought into this," Ramdev had said.

Prominent Shia cleric Maulana Saif Abbas had also come out in her support.

"What is wrong if some woman teaches yoga?" Shia cleric Maulana Saif Abbas had said while referring to the fatwa issued against Naaz.

"Protesting this is highly condemnable," he said, adding, "Some people have made religion a joke."

The matter was brought to the notice of Sanjay Kumar, Principal Secretary to Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das, and on his instructions, the police stepped up the security of the girl.

Ranchi Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kuldeep Dwivedi had even sent a police team to meet the girl after the stone pelting incident.

She was later provided two security guards - one male and one female.

A resident of Doranda locality in Ranchi, Rafia Naaz makes a living for her family by teaching yoga. She is the eldest of her siblings and also doing M.Com from a local college.

Naaz rose to fame after she shared the stage with yoga guru Ramdev in Ranchi.

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  • Daniel, Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    .... why this camel age fatwa in this modern generation.
    Good is dosth ka dost mera dosth so Baba Ramdev and cleric Maulana Saif Abbas

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  • D.P.Shetty, Bahrain

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    Neither people live in peace nor allow others live healthy,only god can help them

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  • S.M. Nawaz Kukkikatte, Dubai

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    I totally support this young lady some uneducated are acting like cowards.
    Yoga practicing is good for health and many muslims countries follow the same

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  • JAGDISH, mumbai

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    goondagardi by mullas.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    Just like Baba Ramdev, Rafia Naaz should also get Black Cat Commando Protection ...

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  • Jamal, Mangalore/UAE

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    Finish your studies and come to UAE to teach Yoga. Be safe and secured.

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    Complain to promtors of yoga - Babaramdev and seek Mod's help.
    Problem solved wih full protection 24 x 7

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  • jayantha, kundapura

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    In saudi where in islam founded yoga is offically declared as fitness sport and had given free hand to practice..

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  • Ahmed K.C., Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    The funda is,
    Na sudrenge Na sudarne denge.
    Even Saudi Arabia is changing.

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Mumbai

    Tue, Dec 5 2017


    I am not concerned in this, but I write here the opinion of those Muslim leaders, that is, the girl teaches Surya Namaskar and a Muslim, never worships surya and not expected to bow to it. There are few others where, the acts and utterances during yoga are against the teaching of Islam. I have heard the debate on this,many times on TV.
    Please note, they are not my views, but, the views of learned Mullahas.

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  • Ahmed K.C., Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Mumbai,
    I agree with you.
    But, in my view point, all the exercise positions can be done without attributions to god.
    Just, take it as a sports activity.
    For instant, the position of Surya namaskar, if you do it facing Surya ( Sun ) it could be namaskar. But, if you do not face the Surya, then it can not be "Surya Namaskar"
    The problem is not Islam, the problem is the mindset of Mullas.
    Islam teaches us to worship none other than the creator of this universe. Not to associate anything or anyone else while worshiping God the Creator.

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