Minority leaders support International Yoga Day

Thursday, Jun 11, 2015,22:09 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | In a shot in the arm for the Modi government, a delegation of minority leaders today extended support to the holding of International Day of Yoga on June 21.
A delegation of minority leaders met Mr Shripad Naik, Minister of
State (Independent charge) for AYUSH here and lauded the initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi due to which the first International Day of Yoga is being observed.
The delegation included Maulana Syed Kaukab Mujtaba Abidi, President Majlis Ulema e Hind (Uttar Pradesh), Maulana Suhaib Qasmi, President Jamat Ulema e Hind (Delhi), Irfan Salmani Dehalvi, President All India Jamat e Salmani B, Hafiz Mohammad Sabreen, President Jamat Huffaz Ikraam, Abbas Ali Bohra, representative of the Dawoodi Bohra community, Hanif Khan Shastri, Professor Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan among others.
Abbas Ai Bohra noted that of the total of 177 countries which have given co-sponsorship for celebrating the International Yoga Day, 47 countries were members of the Organisation of Islamic Countries. These countries have expressed their desire to participate in the yoga sessions being organised in the Indian Missions.
He opined that ”we as Indians should support Yoga Day as it is on the initiative of India that the whole world is celebrating the Yoga Day on June 21 in a big way.”
Later Mr Naik stated that Yoga had nothing to do with any particular religion but was for the well being of all. He pointed out that there was no compulsion on anyone to practice yoga but ”as it was good for body and soul all should make yoga part of their lives and contribute in the celebrations of the International Yoga Day” and sought support for the mission of the Prime Minister. The leaders mentioned that namaz too had yogic postures, an official statement here said.