A new vision of, and approach to, Islam needs to be formulated for the purposes of guiding Muslim communities in the contemporary world. We believe that this is achievable with a clear and fresh interpretation of Islam, its history and traditions, that pays heed to our current contexts, and guided by the principles and values as taught by the Prophet (peace be upon him) and embedded within the rich, multifaceted and complex traditions of Islam. However, it is crucial that we begin with the right step, which is to put forth a positive, powerful and compelling narrative that Muslim communities are successful communities when Muslims act as equal citizens and participate actively in nation building and in strengthening both community and national institutions.
In the hope of sharing this vision to the global stage, which can serve as an exemplary model for Muslim communities in contemporary societies, Muis held the International Conference on Communities of Success (ICCOS) as a platform for Muslim minority communities around the world to galvanise around a strong narrative of success founded on the notion of “Contributing Citizens, Dynamic Institutions”.ICCOS was held on 9th to 10th September 2022 at the Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore. The 2-day programme featured speeches and panel discussions by renowned religious scholars and leaders, state officials and community leaders from different parts of the world on the 3Cs of successful Muslim communities – Character, Competency and Citizenry.
ICCOS discussed positive narratives and characteristics of successful communities as inspired by models of peaceful coexistence and impactful contribution of Muslims to the wider society. These include examples from Islamic history, as well as contemporary models and achievements, whether in minority or majority contexts. These examples underscore the values of honourable character, knowledge and competence, and citizenry.
ICCOS also discussed the desired form of socio-religious life, and how Muslim communities can look at Muslim traditions as a guide to lead a thriving and successful life as exemplary citizens. In discussing the importance of developing competent Muslim communities in diverse and contemporary communities, the conference also addressed the role of educational reforms and social development efforts that can develop resilient and cohesive communities in plural societies. Similarly, the conference examined meaningful collaborative efforts between government agencies and Muslim communities in building robust and resilient institutions that contribute to the strengthening of social cohesion and active citizenry within plural societies and a globalized world.
For information on ICCOS 2022, please refer to www.iccos.sg.