Let’s explore by looking at picture below
Fig:-Comparison of Namaz/Salat posture with yogic posture
Isn’t it a coincidence?
Let’s explore How the Namaz/Salat posture would have been copied from Yogic tradition.
History of India and Saudi Arabia
Trade and cultural links between ancient India and Arabia dating back to the third millennium BC. By 1000 AD, the trade relations between southern India and Arabia flourished and became the backbone of the Arabian economy. Arab traders held a monopoly over the spice trade between India and Europe until the rise of European imperialist empires.[Wikipedia]
Let’s talk about History of Yoga and its evolution
Yoga school is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline, founded by sage Patanjali in 4th century BCE
Yoga school of philosophy believes that the soul is eternally pure and transcendental consciousness. It is the mind with the reflection of the soul in it which is a phenomenal ego, and which is subject to birth and death, transmigration, painful and pleasurable experiences, etc.
Yoga is a spiritual effort to attain perfection through the control of body, senses and
mind and through right discrimination between soul and nature. Yoga is defined
as the cessation of the modifications of the mind. This cessation is through meditation
or concentration which is also called as yoga.
How Practice of Namaz would have been evolved:
Due to the trade relation between Saudi Arabia and India. Many Arab people would have been visited India before the advent of Islam in Mecca and Medina [Before 7th century CE]. Many Arab people would have learned the yogic exercise to heal themselves from many illnesses.
The yogic effort has the ability to purge one’s mind from many doubts and stresses and prepares the mind for concentration. Indian sages practised yoga to liberate themselves from worldly sufferings such as birth and death, transmigration, painful and pleasurable experiences.
Islamic preachers would have required to develop a form of worship which is different from other methods of worships [Practiced at that time]. So, they looked toward yogic postures which look different at that time of worships and come with many health benefits.
There was the dearth of information in ancient times. So, during the spread of Islam in the Arabian Peninsula, No one would have thought that Namaaz postures are copied from Ancient yogic postures. However, if someone dares to say that, either he would have been amputated or killed.
In conclusion, we can say that many Islamic practices are copied from Hinduism and Sanskrit tradition and later modified by Arabs to fit them Abrahamic tradition.