A Muslim Girl Was Teaching Yoga In Ranchi, But What Happened Next Resulted In More Security For Her

1:58 pm 8 Nov, 2017


Yoga has become the zeitgeist of modern western society. The science of yoga has its origin thousands of years ago, and in the contemporary world, its relevance becomes all the more important since it has worked as a process of well-being like nothing else in the world. It has a healing power that develops the qualities in a human body. A lot of things have come and gone with changing fashions, but yoga has survived for thousands of years, and it is still picking up momentum. It is needless to mention that the system is now regarded in the Western world as a holistic approach to health and is classified by the National Institutes of Health as a form of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM).

However, there are still many who had suspicions about yoga.

Rafia Naaz, a Muslim girl who lives Ranchi, Jharkhand, has been doing and teaching yoga for many years. However, she has received death threats from the members of her own community after which the authorities decided to step up security around her.

Rafia Naaz with Yoga Guru Ramdev. Zee News


According to a report by Zee News, the girl has been warned not to invest any more time in yoga by the members of her community. However, on bringing the matter straight to the notice of Sanjay Kumar, Principal Secretary to Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das, Rafia has been provided with proper police security.


A special police team has also been sent to the girl by Ranchi Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kuldeep Dwivedi, and she is being specially guarded by two security guards – a male and a female, informed Jharkhand Police.

Rafia Naaz. Patrika


Rafia is a resident of Ranchi’s Doranda area, who teaches yoga to supplement the needs of her family. She is also a student of M.Com at a local college.

She rose to fame when she shared a photograph of her with yoga guru Ramdev, who was in the city sometime back.

While her parents are really afraid of her plight, Rafia has some other story to say. She said:

My problem is with members of both communities. On one hand, I am asked not to teach Yoga, and on the other, I am asked to change my name so that people do not hesitate to learn Yoga from me.

Later, professing her love with the ancient Indian physical art, Rafia said:

I will continue to do Yoga and teach Yoga till the end of my life.

Rafia with Baba Ramdev at an event in Ranchi. Patrika



It is perhaps the high time for people to understand that any art can be learnt and inculcated by anyone who devotes his/her time and love to it irrespective of one’s caste, creed and religion. Don’t you think so? Share in your views in the comments section below.

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