Saudi Arabia has officially approved teaching of Yoga with the Saudi Ministry of trade and industry listing it under sports activities. So now anyone who wants to practice or propagate yoga can do so by getting the license and without reprimanded for the same.
Nouf Marwaai, an Arab woman has been credited for this development. Marwaai is the first certified Saudi yoga instructor. She believes Yoga and religion are not in conflict with each other. This comes at a time when India recently witnessed the harassment caused to Rafia, a Muslim yoga practitioner from Jarkhand by fanatical clerics who were audacious enough to not just harass the girl but also her family even as the media was covering the incident live.
Even as the debate within the Indian Muslim community continues, Saudi in the meantime has given its citizens the right to practice yoga for a better lifestyle.