Media Statement - Muis Response to Recent MHA Arrests

MEDIA STATEMENT

3 May 2016

Eight Bangladeshis detained under the Internal Security Act.

  1. The recent arrests of another group of Bangladeshi workers show that ISIS and its terrorist ideology continue to pose a serious threat.

  2. Despite these arrests, our experience with the Bangladeshi workers has been positive. Many Bangladeshi workers volunteer their time and effort at our mosques together with other local volunteers. For example, during Ramadan, they help to serve food and would break fast together with other jemaah (congregants).

  3. Mosques will continue to welcome Muslims from all backgrounds and nationalities to its religious programmes and classes conducted by recognised religious teachers under the Asatizah Recognition Scheme (ARS). In addition, official Eid sermons prepared by Muis are translated into languages such as English, Tamil and Bengali, to help congregants appreciate a progressive and contextual understanding of Islam in Singapore.

  4. Muis is partnering with the Singapore Bangladesh Society to explore further initiatives to support Bangladeshi workers in their socio-religious life and to integrate them into our local community.
    Finally, Muis reiterates its call for the Singapore Muslim community to remain vigilant and not let any teachings that promote violence and extremism take root in our society.

ISLAMIC RELIGIOUS COUNCIL OF SINGAPORE

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