Ustaz Pasuni Maulan is a highly regarded religious teacher who has made significant contributions to the community in Singapore. He has served on the Asatizah Recognition Board (ARB) since 2007 and was a catalyst for the establishment of the Asatizah Recognition Scheme, which aims to enhance the professional standing of religious teachers. As Chairman of the Board, Ustaz Pasuni ensured that asatizah discharge their roles in accordance with the Codes of Ethics while guiding the Muslim community and providing Islamic instructions appropriate to the Singapore context.
Ustaz Pasuni also played an important role in giving religious advice and guidance that can unite ulama’ and asatizah in facing various challenges. He led several development initiatives for the madrasah sector and provided guidance to the Management Team in Madrasah Aljunied Al-Islamiah. Under his stewardship, the madrasah has continued to produce numerous religious scholars and leaders who are grounded in the religious sciences with sound knowledge to address current and future challenges facing the community.
Since 2006, Ustaz Pasuni and Masjid Tentera-Di-Raja have reached out to numerous youth- at-risk through their signature Mudik ke Hulu project. The programme helps people from all races or religions to remove their tattoos at a subsidised rate, while giving them emotional and spiritual support through their tattoo removal journey. In 2018, the programme was revamped to add new content, structure, and multi-level support from different stakeholders. Participants were connected to a network of mentors and underwent free religious classes as part of the programme and took part in social good programs to foster a sense of community spirit. 845 participants have benefited from the programme.
A well-respected senior mosque leader, who often volunteers his service by giving tausiyyah during District West Mosque Leaders retreat and council meetings, Ustaz Pasuni reminds mosque leaders of their Amanah to the Muslim community. He has also rallied his mosque management to support the Mosque Wakaf Investment Plan and supported initiatives such as Masjid Hasanah A&A works by contributing their Friday collection proceeds to the mosque, in the spirit of One Mosque Sector.
Casa Raudha is one of the many organisations that have benefitted from Mr Rohim’s leadership and dedication to making a difference in the community. For over 30 years, his contributions varies from providing pro-bono legal services to fund raising efforts for various causes. He has assisted drug offenders with their legal cases and delivered motivational talks and legal principals to Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association (SANA) volunteers. He has also supported Jamiyah's legal clinic and assisted Perdaus with their legal matters. In addition, he established educational and leadership development services, further demonstrating his commitment to improving the lives of those around him. Through his passion for golf, he has organised successful fund-raising for organisations such as the Malay Chamber Scholarship Fund and Casa Raudha.
At the national level, Mr Rohim has served on the board of the Thye Hua Kwan Moral Society and is a director of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. He was also appointed as a committee member for Medishield Life to advise on how to include all Singaporeans in a life-long medical insurance plan, even those with pre-existing illnesses. Mr Rohim's leadership and dedication to making a difference in the community have been invaluable, and his contributions to various causes have made a significant impact.
Hj Ariff has been an active volunteer with the Muslim Converts’ Association of Singapore (MCAS) for the past 45 years, starting from when he was a student. During this time, he has organised more than 150 public talks and da’wah lectures in Singapore by speakers from all over the world, and managed the many diverse work of MCAS including the Association’s flagship publication (The Muslim Reader), Centre for Islamic Management Studies business and English Islamic Classes for Muslim Converts Children.
As the Vice-President of the Corporate Affairs Division, Hj Ariff ensured proper corporate governance and formulated policies and standard operating procedures to adhere to the Charities Act and Societies Act in Singapore. He also supervised several IT projects deployment allowing MCAS to better support the converts and provide social services to the Muslim community.
Hj Ariff also volunteered with Muslim Trust Fund Association since 1997, to help manage Darul Ihsan, Darul Libanat Orphanage, bursary applications, zakat disbursements and muslim burial cases. Hj Ariff has served as Mosque Management Board member at Masjid Moulana Mohd Ali since 1995 and led the mosque renovation to better serve the needs of Muslim office workers in the Shenton area, especially for Friday prayers. His dedication and contributions have made a significant impact on the Muslim community in Singapore, and MCAS has become a central resource and support system for the Converts, especially in terms of religious education and providing support to the Converts.
Hj Farihullah has made significant contributions to various charitable organisations in Singapore. He oversaw the success of the Ramadan Charity campaign while serving in the Tabung Amal Aidilfitri (TAA) Trust Fund which raised funds to benefit 3,600 TAA beneficiaries. He also played a crucial role in reorganising the United Indian Muslim Association (UIMA), partnering with other charitable organisations to help over 1000 underprivileged families.
As Chairman of Singapore Amalgamated Services Co-operative Organisation (SASCO) Senior Citizen since 2010, he has assisted to provide the organisation with lodging and care for the destitute elderly through 4 senior citizen homes, a Dementia home, and 2 activity centres. Hj Farihullah's contributions to charitable organisations in Singapore have been invaluable, and his dedication to making a difference in the lives of those in need is truly inspiring. His leadership and strategic vision have been essential in ensuring the success of various campaigns and organisations, and his contributions have made a significant impact on the community.
Masjid Petempatan Melayu Sembawang (MPMS) has a special place in Hj Amin’s heart. In the 1960s, residents of then Kampong Tengah, including Hj Amin and his father came together to help build the mosque. Hj Amin grew up volunteering at MPMS and has served the community long before he received his first investiture in 1985. Probably the last remaining kampong mosque in Singapore, Hj Amin ensured MPMS provided relevant services needed by residents and migranttransient workers in the area.
During the Covid-19 crisis, Hj Amin exercised decisive leadership so that MPMS could continue to provide worship services and Islamic Learning programmes. Despite its isolated location, he quickly set up fencing around the mosque and established Safe Management Measures to reopen the mosque.
Hj Amin implemented Common Salary Guidelines in MPMS to support manpower sustainability and career development. He initiated MPMS to be part of Blossoms Seed network to leverage on a larger network in Sembawang to better serve the local community, harness community resources and to be an active community builder. Through his involvement in the grassroots, Hj Amin brought mosque services closer to the community at large, supported community events with asatizah delivering lectures and brisk-walking sessions involving mosque volunteers, staff and MAEC activists for a HealthierSG.
Hj Arsad is a dedicated leader who has served the Muslim community on Bukom Island for over 40 years. He manages the operations of Pulau Bukom Mosque, including arranging for asatizah certified under the Asatizah Recognition Scheme (ARS) to deliver Friday Sermons at the mosque. This allowed Muslims to perform Friday prayers conveniently on the island, without the need to sail back to mainland Singapore. The mosque serves close to 300 workers during Friday prayers, including Muslim staff from Shell and other nationalities.
During the pandemic, when non-Bukom staff were not allowed to enter the island, the mosque faced an uphill challenge to ensure Muslims could continue to perform
Friday prayers on the island. Hj Arsad took on a heavy responsibility to obtain an ARS certification himself so that he could deliver the Friday sermons. This required a lot of courage and confidence, being the only person qualified to lead Friday prayers on the island.
Hj Arsad played an important role to build a strong rapport with Shell Eastern Petroleum Management Committee on Bukom Island to advocate the importance of the existence of the mosque in serving the needs of the Muslim workers. His commitment to serving the community demonstrated his dedication to ensuring the needs of the Muslim community are met, even in challenging times.
Hjh Rubiha’s love to serve the community has never waned since she started volunteering at Al-Ansar Mosque more than 40 years ago. Now in her 70s, she continues to serve with passion and is still diligently rolling up her sleeves at many events in the Mosque.
Hjh Rubiha joined the Mosque Befrienders Scheme in 2008, and has visited numerous long-term zakat beneficiaries such as low-income elderly, people suffering from chronic illness or people with disabilities. She played an important role to provide companionship, offer emotional support and help develop self-confidence in the zakat beneficiaries. With her warmth and joyful smile, Hjh Rubiha always makes them feel good whether with just a listening ear or a comforting presence. As one of the senior befrienders, she mentors and guides newer befrienders in preparing them to conduct home visits. She ensured clients issues are properly addressed and provided valuable feedback to the mosque social development officers.
Hjh Rubiha was one of the few women who was appointed as a member of Mosque Management Board in 2004, at a time when such appointments were uncommon among women. Hjh Rubiha led the mosque Muslimah wing and has galvanised the strength of many other women to organise outreach programmes and activities.
Mr Ashiq strongly believes that a small ripple can turn the tide. He is an inspirational leader who is passionate about creating positive change in the world and is committed to making a difference in the community and beyond. Vice-Chairperson of IMYouth (IMY), the youth wing of Federation of Indian MuslimsSingapore, he is responsible for organising events and activities to empower youths to be the catalysts of change for a better tomorrow. Mr Ashiq is also devoted to help the needy. He successfully raised significant funds to organise Iftar for migrant brothers for two consecutive years.
Mr Ashiq co-chaired the ASEAN Youth UNconference, for youth leaders who were actively engaged in community work and youth volunteerism to discuss critical issues
such as mental well-being, climate change, and social cohesion. The two-day event helped to foster a sense of active citizenship and social advocacy among young people in the region.
Mr Ashiq's work with Project Xingfu has provided much-needed support to the local Muslim community in Yunnan. By teaching English and Maths, his team created opportunities for a better future for the children. These initiatives helped to build bridges between different cultures and promoted greater understanding and collaboration between Muslims in different parts of the world.
Ms Hidayah took on various leadership roles in Casa Raudha as she was determined to make a difference in the lives of children in vulnerable families. Her passion in the work started when she was just 8 years old, “playing” with children whose mothers were scheduled for counselling sessions.
After graduating with Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, Hidayah co-produced educational videos to raise awareness of child abuse and to empower preschool teachers to effectively detect, intervene and manage suspected cases of child abuse. The videos were produced for the "Stop Child Abuse" campaign to address concerns of teachers in managing this complex issue. Ms Hidayah also conducted workshops with preschool teachers in mosque-based kindergartens to encourage discussions among the Malay Muslim community.
Ms Hidayah facilitated the first local inter-faith symposium, organised by Jurong Family Violence Working Group, which brought together social service agencies, religious institutions and other stakeholders to address family and domestic violence. She encouraged individuals from all walks of life to come together and discuss important issues surrounding religion and taking a stand against violence. Ms Hidayah was also part of the End Domestic Violence Campaign to raise awareness of domestic violence, promote positive social behaviours and create a conducive and nurturing society.