Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura

The Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (Abbreviation: MUIS) also known as the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore, is a statutory board of Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth in Singapore. As a majlis, its role is to look after the administration and interests of Singapore's Muslim community. The Majlis is headed by a Council, in which members are appointed by the President of Singapore. Since 2009, the council is headquartered in the Singapore Islamic Hub, along Braddell Road.[4]

Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura
Islamic Religious Council of Singapore
Logo of MUIS.svg
Logo of MUIS
Agency overview
Formed1 July 1968; 53 years ago (1968-07-01)
JurisdictionSingapore
Headquarters273 Braddell Road, Singapore Islamic Hub, Singapore 579702
Employees127 (2012)[1]
Annual budget2.248 million SGD (2012)[1]
Minister responsible
Agency executives
  • Mohamed Sa'at Abdul Rahman[2], President
  • Dr Nazirudin Mohd Nasir, Mufti
  • Esa Han Hsien Masood (until 31 October 2021)
    Kadir Maideen (from 1 November 2021),[3] CEO
Parent agencyMinistry of Culture, Community and Youth
Websitewww.muis.gov.sg

History and roleEdit

MUIS was established in 1968 when the Administration of Muslim Law Act (AMLA) came into effect.

The principal functions of MUIS are:[5]

  • Administration of Muslim affairs e.g. zakat, wakaf (endowment), pilgrimage affairs, and halal certification
  • Construction and administration of mosques development and management
  • Administration of Madrasah and Islamic education
  • Issuance of fatwas (religious rulings)
  • Provision of financial relief to poor Muslims

Under AMLA, MUIS is a statutory board of the Singapore Government. It comes under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth,[6] and under the direct supervision of the Minister-In-Charge of Muslim Affairs.

Its primary statutory role is to advise the President of Singapore on all Islamic matters as well as the religious interests and issues faced by the Muslim Community in Singapore.

The Council of MUISEdit

The Council of MUIS operates as the overall decision-making body and has responsibility for the formulation of policies and operational plans.

The Council comprises the President of MUIS, the Mufti of Singapore, persons recommended by the Minister-in-Charge of Muslim Affairs and other persons nominated by Muslim organisations. The President of Singapore appoints all members of the Council.

As of 2013 Haji Mohd Alami Musa serves as President of MUIS and Dr Mohamed Fatris bin Bakaram as the Mufti of Singapore.[7]

MUIS Council
Role Name Portfolio
President Mohammad Alami Bin Musa Head, Studies in Inter-Religious Relations in Plural Societies (SRP),

S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) & Ambassador (Non-Resident)

Embassy of the Republic of Singapore-Algeria

Mufti Dr Nazirudin Mohd Nasir Mufti of the Republic of Singapore
MUIS Executive Leadership
Appointment Name
Chief Executive Esa Masood
Mufti Dr Nazirudin Mohd Nasir
Deputy Chief Executive I Dr Albakri Ahmad
Deputy Chief Executive II Kadir Maideen Bin Mohamed(WEF 4 Jan 2021)
Deputy Mufti Ustaz Mohd Murat Md Aris
Ustaz Mohammad Hannan Hassan
Director, Legal Ms Shahla Iqbal
MUIS Divisions
Division Directors
Office of Mufti Dr Nazirudin Mohd Nasir, Mufti
  • Irwan Hadi Mohd Shuhaimy, Deputy Director (Religious Policy & Research)
  • Dr Mohammad Hannan Hassan, Deputy Mufti
  • Ustaz Mohd Murat Md Aris, Deputy Mufti
  • Mahmoud Mathlub Sidek, Assistant Director (Asatizah Recognition)
Education Zalman Putra Ahmad Ali, Director, Education Policy & Systems
  • Muhammad Nasir Johari, Head, Madrasah Policy & Planning

Sharifah Farah Syed Mahamood Aljunied, Director, Education & Student Development

Finance & Asset Development Mohamed Azam Abdul Aziz, Senior Director
  • Rujok Pandi, Director Agency Services
    • Abdul Rahim Saleh, Director Collaborative Projects
  • Norhayati Haron, Director Asset Services & Finance
    • Mohd Safie Osman, Head Financial Accounting
  • Dewi Hartaty Suratty, Director Asset Policy & Industry Development
  • Masagoes Muhammad Isyak Mohamad Amin, Deputy Director Asset Systems & Endowment
Human Capital Dr Noraslinda Zuber, Director
  • Azlina Manas, Senior Assistant Director
Strategy & Transformation Bohari Jaon, Senior Director
  • Mohd Azree Rahim, Deputy Director (Strategy & Organisation Excellence)
  • Mohd Yasman Abdul Salam, Deputy Director (IT & Digital Services)
Mosque & Community Development Modamad Helmy Mohd Isa, Senior Director
  • Sakdun Sardi, Assistant Director Mosque & Social Development
  • Adnan Abdul Hamid, Assistant Director Community Engagement
  • Mohd Nazirin Abu Bakar, Head Community Engagement
Group Infrastructure & Resilience Zaini Osman, Director
  • Muhammad Taufiq Arifin, Assistant Director
Strategic Engagement Mohamed Asri Abdul Aziz, Director
  • Ridhwan Mohd Basor, Head Community Resillence
  • Mohamed Ali Atan, Head Harmony Centre

Singapore Islamic HubEdit

The Singapore Islamic Hub is a religious campus that houses Masjid Muhajirin, Madrasah Irsyad Zuhri Al-Islamiah and the headquarters of Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (Muis). These institutions combined (mosque, madrasa and majlis) create a cohesive and symbiotic whole, embodies the Islamic principles of Iman, Ilmu and Amal (Faith, Knowledge and Deeds) respectively.[8]

Halal CertificationsEdit

The MUIS Halal services formally started in 1978. The increasing demand for Halal-certified products and eating establishments, as well as the need to regulate the Halal industry drove the move to set up its Halal Certification Strategic Unit.

In 2009, Muis certified more than 2,600 premises and has played an important role as the custodian of Halal food assurance for Singapore’s 15% Muslim population. Furthermore, the promising Halal food industry with the availability of many Halal-certified eating establishments has helped to foster social interaction between individuals from diverse racial, cultural and religious backgrounds.[9]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Expenditure Estimates for the Financial Year 2013/2014" (PDF). Ministry of Finance. 2013. p. 403. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  2. ^ Baharudin, Hariz (30 July 2021). "Berita Harian editor appointed Muis president from Aug 7; current president steps down after 18 years". The Straits Times. Retrieved 18 September 2021.
  3. ^ Ang, Qing (17 September 2021). "Former SCDF assistant commissioner to be appointed Muis chief executive". The Straits Times. Retrieved 18 September 2021.
  4. ^ "Newly built Singapore Islamic Hub at 273 Braddell Road, …". www.nas.gov.sg.
  5. ^ "Muis: Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura - Home". www.muis.gov.sg. Retrieved 2021-06-21.
  6. ^ "MCYS to MSF: What will change?". Ministry of Social and Family Development. 24 October 2012. Archived from the original on 1 October 2015. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Council of MUIS Archived 2011-08-08 at the Wayback Machine" MUIS
  8. ^ "Islamic Hub | Late evening view of SIH". Archnet.org. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-09-13. Retrieved 2010-05-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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