OVERVIEW 

The Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (Muis), also known as the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore, is the Islamic authority in-charge of Muslim affairs in Singapore. Muis was established as a statutory board in 1968 when the Administration of Muslim Law Act (AMLA) came into effect. Under AMLA, Muis is to advise the President of Singapore on all matters relating to Islam. In addition, Muis is vested with the sole powers to issue Halal certificates and regulate the Halal industry in Singapore.

The Muis Halal certification started in 1978. Since then, its Halal mark has been widely recognised in key Halal markets such as Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries under the MABIMS and GCC-Singapore Free Trade Agreements. Such recognitions are possible as the Muis Halal certification is based on a set of structured and stringent Halal certification requirements known as the Singapore Muis Halal Quality Management System or HalMQ (pronounced as “hallmark”).  HalMQ is akin to internationally-known standards such as ISO and HACCP.

The Muis Halal certification is administered by a group of qualified, experienced and multilingual Halal officers with diverse backgrounds in Islamic studies, food science, chemistry, business, management, legal studies, etc. From time to time, advice and guidance from the Office of Mufti and the Muis Fatwa Committee are sought. The Muis Fatwa Committee, which is chaired by the Mufti of Singapore, ordinarily follow the tenets of the Shafi'i School of Law in issuing any religious ruling.

The number of Muis Halal certificates issued has risen over the years due to increasing demand from Muslim consumers and international recognition of Muis Halal certification mark. At present, Muis certifies more than 27,000 types of products and 2,500 premises in Singapore. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last update on : 17/3/2015