SINGAPORE – A collaboration between two temples, a mosque, two tentage companies and a basic leader that resulted in about 1,000 Muslim municipalities that have a protected area for prayers of Hari Raya Haji on Wednesday (Aug. 22) Has praised online.
The collaboration was first exposed in a Facebook post by Bukit Batok SMC MP Murali Pillai, who posted a picture of a tent set up at block 630 in Bukit Batok.
"Although it rained heavily, our Muslim friends were able to finish their prayers", Mr Murali wrote.
"A good example of multi-religious cooperation in Bukit Batok!"
The Muslim community celebrated Hari Raya Haji, also known as Eid al-Adha or the sacrificial feast. It marks the end of the pilgrimage to Mecca.
M. Murali told The Straits Times that the congregation members should go to the nearby Masjid Ar-Raudhah mosque to lead the prayers if the tentage had not been erected. But because of the limited space in the mosque, this would have led to a tight situation, he said.
The mosque is about 1 km away from where the tent was set up.
Mr. Lim Siong, a volunteer with the Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circles, led the series of events when he attended an event at the Hungry Ghost Festival on Saturday night at the Lian Sheng Tan Temple.
The original plan was for Lian Sheng Tan to cancel their tentage by Monday before Shan Fu Gong enters to set up another tent that covers a larger area on Thursday.
When Mr. Lim realized that the tentage had already been set up, he contacted leaders in both temples to see if an arrangement could be made to keep them up all week.
Lim, 70, said in Mandarin: "I realized that the weather forecast was not good for the week, so I was worried about the Hari Raya Haji event on Wednesday because I knew about 1,000 people will be present.
"I asked the temples and the tentage companies for help and they were very satisfied with that."
Mr. Tan Boon Chin, 57, one of the leaders of the Shan Fu Gong temple, said that the arrangement to preserve the tentage up was a minor problem and that it was a win-win situation for both the temple and the temple. mosque, if the temple would now have more time to set up the extensive tentage it needed.
The temple had contacted their supplier of tents, Hup Heng Tentage, about the scheme and the company immediately agreed with the request.
Mr. Tan, speaking in a personal capacity, said he was very happy to be able to help.
"The most important asset of Singapore is religious harmony, and as long as there is harmony, there is peace," he said.
Mr. Adam Ng, the manager of Hup Heng Tentage, told ST that his company had no problems with the use of the tent by Muslim communities.
"It was not much, very simple," he said in Mandarin, stating that the church members had been very attentive in their request and only asked for a hiding place over their heads.
He added that even if church members had asked for additional supplies such as electricity, their company would continue to use the tent for free as long as the costs incurred were not too high.
During the Hungry Ghost Festival, the company charges about $ 1,000 for a day of use of the tent. However, Mr Ng has not thought much about the lost income.
"This does not happen often, so as long as all parties are in order and everything is coordinated, it's fine," he said.
Mr Murali's position has since attracted more than 2,000 responses and almost 600 shares. Many netizens who commented on the post praised the temple for his gesture.
Facebook user Suhaimi Wagiman said: "Thanks to the Shan Fu Gong temple committee that allowed us to share the tentage." Big thanks to Mr. Simon Lim Siong of Bt Batok CC who initiated the arrangement Thank you Mr. Murali who was there with Mr. Simon Lim Siong to greet the church members. & # 39;
Another Facebook user, Elendrus Osman, brought forward a similar initiative of a temple in Eunos.
Mr. Osman reported: "Similarly, there is a temple around Eunos that allows the congregation of nearby mosques parking facilities within the compound during Friday prayers, which speaks well about the management of our religious organizations.