The Muslim community has made progress in the field of education and career prospects in the last 50 years and can be further enhanced if the efforts for volunteering and community work are strengthened, stated the Prime Minister of Mosque Affairs Masagos Zulkifli yesterday.
After conversations with Eid al-Adha in Masjid Al-Mawaddah in Sengkang, Mr. Masagos talked about how this can be achieved through better cooperation between three major Malaysian / Islamic organizations mentioned by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during the National Day Rally on Sunday.
They are the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Mouse), self-help group Mendaki and the People & # 39; s Association Malaysian Council of the Activities Executive Committees (Mesra).
Mr. Masagos said: "Broadly speaking, many in the Muslim community have signed up to contribute to the community … We believe that if (the different organizations) work together, they can provide better services on the same lines."
Earlier in the day, the Mufti of Singapore, Dr Mohamed Fatris Bakaram, delivered a sermon to about 4,500 Muslims in the mosque in honor of Hari Raya Haji, also known as Eid al-Adha, or the sacrifice. It marks the end of the pilgrimage to Mecca.
Dr. Fatris paid tribute to members of the community who sacrificed for their family, society, religion and country.
An important characteristic of Hari Raya Haji is the korban ritual, the sacrifice of cattle.
Mr. Masagos told reporters that the ritual must have the spirit of gratitude and giving those Muslims in Singapore, as meat from the cattle is distributed to the needy.