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