20 April 2020
1. Mosques in Singapore have long been regarded as spiritual and community spaces, especially during the month of Ramadan, which begins on 24 Apr 2020. With circuit-breaker measures that will be in place until at least early-May, the Muslim community in Singapore would need to make important adjustments this Ramadan. With mosques not able to provide regular iftar, tarawih, qiyam, noon and evening talks, it is important that the spiritual needs of the Muslim community are not neglected.
2. Led by Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (Muis), SalamSG TV is a web-based channel that will provide content for the month of Ramadan. SalamSG TV aims to enhance the community’s Ramadan spiritual experience and strengthen the psychological resilience of the community. The channel also enhances one of the key Ramadan messages from Mufti Dr Nazirudin Mohd Nasir, that the community can still observe a meaningful Ramadan by retaining the spirit of the community, and to continue seeking knowledge through alternative means with our asatizah online.
3. SalamSG TV will showcase religious as well as lifestyle content. It will feature exclusive religious content from several asatizah who will be addressing a diverse range of religious and motivational topics. The tajwid (enunciation) segment is a wonderful collaboration of several mosques coming together to offer a comprehensive series on how to improve your recitation of the Quran.
4. The lifestyle segment will showcase a variety of content, which include arts and crafts and storytelling videos for children, and workshops on Islamic calligraphy and tarannum (Quranic melodious recitation). The channel will also feature religious talks and videos in Bengali and Tamil, as well as content from our partners.
5. SalamSG TV will commence a day before Ramadan. Viewers can access and subscribe to the channel via go.gov.sg/salamsgtv.
The concept of SalamSG TV
6. “Salam” is a common greeting that Muslims use to greet family and friends, and it means “peace” in Arabic. In the Malay language, “Salam” refers to the shaking of hands as a gesture of respect, honour, the warmth of relationships and the bond of community.
7. This bond is the link that Muis hopes to maintain through SalamSG TV. The Singapore Muslim community may be physically distant from the mosques, but they can remain spiritually connected to the mosques and practices that they associate with Ramadan. The colour green is a recurring colour-theme in the Quran – for example, green is used in reference to the earth after rain is being sent down from the sky (22:63). It is a symbol of life and hope, that will be significant during this tough period.MAJLIS UGAMA ISLAM SINGAPURA