Roles and Functions
he Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) was established in 1968 during the enactment of the Administration Muslim Law Act (Amla). MUIS is a statutory board under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY).
MUIS’ primary statutory role is to advise the President of Singapore on all Islamic matters as well as issues faced by the Singapore Muslim community.
MUIS’ Key Functions include:
- Shaping religious life through Islamic education
- Setting the Islamic agenda through policy studies and research
- Forging the Singapore Muslim identity through education and religious envisioning
- Developing and managing mosques
- Formulating Fatwa
- Administering Zakat, Wakaf and Haj affairs; Halal certification; Baitulmal; and other religious activities
- Provision of financial relief and empowerment programmes for the needy
- Provision of grants to individuals and organisations for individual and community empowerment programmes
Other functions include:
- Developing educational curriculum in Madrasah, and training and developing religious teachers
- Developing Islamic educational programmes and awarding scholarships to produce experts
- Promoting Islamic learning and social development programmes
The MUIS Council is the apex governing body in MUIS. It is responsible for the formulation of policies and major operational plans.
The Council is made up of:
- The President of MUIS
- The Chief Executive of MUIS
- The Mufti of Singapore
- Representatives from major Malay/Muslim non-governmental organisations and persons nominated by the Minister in-charge of Muslim Affairs
All members are then appointed by the President of Singapore on a three year term.