Shripad Naik, Minister for AYUSH, the coordinating ministry for the event at Rajpath on June 21, said the Muslims can 'take the name of Allah instead of reciting 'shlokas' during the event.

While some Minority groups have objected to holding of the event by government, especially inclusion of Surya namaskar, representatives of some Muslim organisations who met Naik today said those opposing yoga were 'enemies of humanity' and yoga has nothing to do with religion.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had said a committee which decided the common yoga protocol had not included Surya namaskar 'because they wanted easy asanas (exercise) in it, which can be performed by anyone.'

Naik today said, "We did not include Surya namaskar to avoid controversy. And, moreover, it's difficult to do it. But Surya namaskar is not religious. We want the whole event to go smoothly."

"Shlokas are not compulsory. Shlokas are merely prayers but it is not compulsory. They can even take the name of Allah instead of chanting shlokas. I request the Muslims to participate and unite the country," Naik told reporters after meeting a delegation of Muslim organisations.

Some organisations, including the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, have voiced concerns over performance of Surya namaskar, saying it is against their faith.

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