All about Islam. I dont know whether this has a lot to do with its 'hadhari'. Readers comments are most welcomed to correct me if I am on the wrong footing.
1. Yoga - Some Muslim clerics are already branding this ancient Hindu-style healthcare excercise as un-Islamic and may issue a fatwa banning Muslims from practising it in the near future. After so many years, someone - through her researches - found out how this ala-Hindu movement may adversely affect a Muslim's 'aqidah', and that this yoga is not supposed to be practised as a health routine because it contains a lot of Hindu elements. As to whether they are right or wrong, I would like to contest this argument.
For hundreds of years, the Malays (in Malaysia, all Malays are Muslim, right?) have been adopting to some foreign practises that are 'imported' from India, China, the Arabs, British or other races. In Melaka, most Malay weddings are still favoring the Indian+Chinese style 'bunga sanggul' which weighs up to 5kg. The 'pelamin' is sometimes more-Indianiase than Malay while the 'kompang' is believed to be a mixture of Indians and Arabs. The Malays started to wear 'sarung' after the arrival of Indians a few hundred years ago (according to Hikayat Abdullah Munshi). At the same time, does a songkok really reflects Islam as the Bataks and many non-Muslims in Indonesia who breed and sell pigs also wear it to their custom.
If you say yoga contains 'mantra', let us take a look at some other health and self-defense organisations, including the silat. Some silat teachings - I know you are aware of it - contains a lot of mantras which are from unknown origin. Even nobody understand what it means. Some are al-Quran verses which are 'modified' to suit the spirit of the silat. Remember Nasrul-Haq which was banned about 20 years ago? And what about our 'bomoh', 'dukun' and all sorts of talisman? What do they normally recite?
Do you know that some politicians, too, go to 'bomohs' to secure their survival, especially at this time around when Umno general assembly and elections are just four months away?
2. Mosques - Minister at Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was right when he defended the idea to erect a Chinese-style mosque somewhere in Kuala Lumpur. What's really wrong with the people who protested it was they are just like 'katak di bawah tempurung' (a toad under a coconut shell).
Islam makes life simple and without complication in its many aspects. A mosque is still a mosque and a place to worship Allah may it comes in many structural design. In China, all mosques are Chinese-designed and so are the ones in India, Spain, Russia and all parts of the world. We have a Hindu-style mosque in Masjid Kampung Hulu in Melaka. Even its Masjid Negeri is a combination of Malay, Chinese and Middle East architecture.
Why make a fuss out of design, shape and structure. No matter how big and beautiful a mosque is built, it meets no purpose if it fails to attract enough 'jemaah' on Fridays... or if its 'kiblat' is not properly arranged.