Former UP minister Azam Khan today asked Chief Minister Yogi Adtyanath if he would offer ‘namaz’ if it is similar to ‘surya namaskar’.
Answering a question on UP CM’s statement that the prayers offered by Muslims resembled different postures of surya namaskar, the senior Samajwadi leader said that he would have been handcuffed for making such comments.
“Since you find similarities between surya namaskar and namaz, will you prefer to offer namaz?” he asked the chief minister.
He added that no one would prevent Adityanath from offering namaz.
Questioning Yogi Adityanath’s intention behind making such a statement, Azam Khan wondered how could the prayers offered by Muslims resemble the sun salutation.
On Wednesday, the UP Chief Minister had said that postures like Surya Namaskar and Pranayam were similar to the way namaz is offered by the Muslims.
“All asanas (postures) in surya namaskar, pranayama activities are similar to the way namaz is offered by our Muslim brothers. But nobody ever tried to bring them together because few people were interested only in ‘bhoga’ not yoga, ” Adityanath said.