He, however, alleged that a concerted effort is being made to give a particular colour to yoga and that is what is creating problems.

"We Muslims have no problem with Yoga but there are certain words that need to be corrected. As a physical exercise and as a way of life, yoga has great benefits but it has been given a particular colour and that is not correct. Yoga should not be associated with any particular religion," he told media.

"If certain changes are made, then more and more people will start practising yoga... and it may become a medium for uniting people in the country," he asserted according to a press release issued by the news channel.

Elaborating his reservations concerning 'Surya Namaskar', Madani said, "Considering sun as God is against the basic tenets of Islam. It should not be made a part of government- organised functions."

He cited he had himself practised 'Surya Namaskar' for a long time as a physical exercise and if changes are made to it, then Muslims will have no reason to complain.

"There are changes that need to be made – remove shlokas, don't insist on performing this (Surya Namaskar) while keeping your face towards sun and don't make it compulsory for everybody," he said as he welcomed government's clarification that Surya Namaskar won't be a part of International Yoga Day events on June 21.

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