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The Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS), also known as the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (IRCS), is a statutory board of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth of the Government of 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.
|Formed||1 July 1968|
|Headquarters||273 Braddell Road, Singapore Islamic Hub, Singapore 579702|
|Annual budget||S$2.248 million (2012)|
|Parent agency||Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth|
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:
- 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, 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
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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.
|President||Mr Mohamed Sa'at Abdul Rahman||Editor, Berita Harian|
|Mufti||Sahibus Samahah Ustaz Nazirudin Mohd Nasir||Mufti of the Republic of Singapore|
|Chief Executive||Mr Kadir Maideen Bin Mohamed|
|Deputy Chief Executive I||Albakri Ahmad|
|Mufti||Sahibus Samahah Ustaz Nazirudin Mohd Nasir|
|Deputy Muftis'||Ustaz Mohd Murat Md Aris |
Ustaz Mohammad Hannan Hassan
|Director, Legal||Ms Shahla Iqbal|
|Quality Service Manager||Mohamad Helmy Mohd Isa|
|Office of Mufti||Ustaz Nazirudin Mohd Nasir, Mufti
|Education||Mohamaed Azam Bin Abdul Aziz, Senior Director (Education)
Sharifah Farah Syed Mahamood Aljunied, Director, Education & Student Development
|Finance & Asset Development||
|Human Capital||Noraslinda Zuber, Director
|Strategy & Transformation||Mohamad Helmy Mohd Isa, Senior Director
|Mosque & Social Development||Zaini Osman, Senior Director
|Group Infrastructure & Resilience||Zaini Osman, Senior Director
|Strategic Engagement||Mohamed Asri Abdul Aziz, Director
Singapore Fatwa CommitteeEdit
- Mufti Nazirudin Mohd Nasir, Chairman
- Ustaz Ali Bin Hj Mohamed
- Ustaz Mohamad Hasbi Bin Hassan
- Ustaz Fathurrahman Bin Hj M Dawoed
- Ustazah Rohana Binte Ithnin
- (Secretary) Ustaz Mohd Murat Bin Md Aris, Deputy Mufti
- Ustaz Mohammad Hannan Bin Hassan, Deputy Mufti
- Ustaz Badrul Fata Bin Muhd Ridwan, Islamic Studies Teacher, Madrasah Irsyad Zuhri
- Ustaz Firdaus Yahya, Founder and Manager, Darul Huffaz Learning Centre
- Ustaz Mohamed Bin Ali, Assistant Professor at Studies in Inter-Religious Relations in Plural Societies (SRP) Programme, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)
- Ustaz Mohammad Rizhan Bin Leman, Lecturer, Institut Pengajian Tinggi Al-Zuhri
- Ustazah Sakinah Binte Saptu, Freelance Asatizah
- Ustaz Shaik Ahmad Bin Syed Buhari, Specialist, Breast Surgery and Oncoplastic Surgery
- Ustaz Ahmad Haris Bin Suhaimi, Freelance Asatizah
- Ustaz Irwan Hadi Bin Mohd Shuhaimy, Deputy Director, Office of Mufti
- Ustaz Kamaruzaman Bin Afandi, Assistant Director, Assessment, ARS Office
- Ustaz Mahmoud Mathlub Bin Sidek, Deputy Director, Office of Mufti (Asatizah Recognition)
- Ustaz Mohammad Yusri Yubhi Bin Mohd Yusoff, Director, YusriYusoff Consulting
- Ustaz Mohd Kamal Bin Mokhtar, Judge, Shariah Appeal Court of Singapore
- Ustaz Muhammad Ma'az Bin Sallim, Executive Imam, Masjid Al-Istighfar
- Ustaz Muhammad Saiful 'Adli Bin Ayob, Senior Executive, Assessment, ARS Office
- Ustaz Muhammad Tarmizi Bin Abdul Wahid, Business Advisor, Ra'e Ventures Sdn Bhd
- Ustazah Nadia Hanim Binte Abdul Rahman, Member of Asatizah Youth Network (AYN)
- Ustazah Siti Nur 'Alaniah Binte Abdul Wahid, Founder & Director, Caliph Consultancy
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.
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.
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