Martin Grover wrote:
Wa alaikum As-salaam!
An American muslim here. I am wondering how the brothers in Islamic countries deal with the elements of dojo ettiquette that resemble movements in Salaat. A standing bow resembles Rukuh, and a kneeling bow resembles Sujud. Is this a problem for anyone?
I just see it as a matter of niyyah, (intent). I understand that these acts are not acts of worship, therefore I am not guilty of shirk. What is the practice of others?
Thank you for your reply and input. In response to your question, we - at the Warriors Academy Kuwait - do the bow ( not as the Ruku' were one has to be almost 90 degrees ) and as for the kneeling bow we replaced with the hand gesture and a slight bow of the head.
This was seen and approved by our kancho ( Ted Devlin ) when he paid us a visit March 2004. Hopping this answers your question, please accept my apologies for the belated reply as I was away.