Orthodox Islam, and Yoga
As there has been a notable Sufi mystical tradition in Islam, a number of people have used
this to regard Mohammed as an illumined sage. Sufis like Rumi appear to have been great
mystics, if not God-realized sages on par with the great yogis, and some would assume that
Mohammed, whom most Sufis revere, must have been of the same understanding.
This view is enhanced by the fact that today, particularly in the
West or in India, there are Sufis who proclaim the unity of all religions, and some who
believe in Karma and rebirth, practice vegetarianism, and otherwise appear more as part of
the yogic tradition than what most people, including Muslims, would consider to be
representative of Islam.
The view assumes two points that are questionable, even by Muslims. The first is that a
Sufi-type mysticism was represented by Mohammed himself. The second is that Sufi mysticism
is of the same nature as yogic traditions. Most Muslims do not accept that Mohammed, or
Islam based upon him, is in harmony with Sufism. In fact, orthodox Islam generally opposes