SINGAPORE – The Muslim community has made progress in the field of education and career prospects over the last 50 years and can be further enhanced as volunteer work and community work are strengthened, stated the Prime Minister of Muslim Affairs Masagos Zulkifli on Wednesday, Aug. 22.
After the Eiduladha prayers in Masjid Al-Mawaddah of Sengkang, he talked about how this can be achieved through better cooperation between three major Malay / Muslim organizations that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called the National Rally of the day on Sunday.
These are the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Mouse), self-help group Mendaki and the People & # 39; s Association Malay Activity Executive Committees Council (Mesra).
"In general, 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 level."
Earlier in the day, the Mufti of Singapore, Dr Mohamed Fatris Bakaram, delivered a sermon to a congregation of about 4,500 Muslims in the mosque in honor of Hari Raya Haji, also known as Eid al-Adha or the festival of sacrifice.
It marks the end of the pilgrimage to Mecca.
In his sermon, Dr. Fatris paid homage to members of the community who sacrificed for their family, society, religion, and country.
For example, many would not hesitate to help by donating their homes or even opening them to people in need when they read about calls for help on social media.
Mr. Masagos added that the Korban ritual – the sacrifice of cattle, observed during Hari Raya Haji – should also show the spirit of gratitude and giving to Muslims in Singapore.
Singapore received 3,700 sheep from Australia this year for the korban rituals. The price for each animal was set at $ 485 – the same as last year.
Masjid Al-Mawaddah is one of the 26 korbens centers this year. About 163 sheep were sacrificed in the mosque during the Korban ritual.
President Halimah Yacob, accompanied by her husband, Mr. Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee, helped distribute gift packages to 20 beneficiaries in the mosque.
The beneficiaries are part of a new scheme to help low-income families set up by the mosque in June in cooperation with Sengkang's South West Advisory Committee.
The project, called Project Gold, adjusts donations of individuals and businesses to low-income families, in the context of the financial assistance of Al-Mawaddah Mosque.
Approximately $ 80,000 has been raised from donors for the scheme, which currently has about 60 beneficiaries.
This year's Haj quota for Singaporeans has been increased from 800 to 900 thanks to the completion of construction work in Mecca.
Mr. Masagos said that Singapore will continue to ask Saudi Arabia to give Singaporeans the largest possible quota for Hajj, taking into account safety and security concerns.
Other organizations also labeled Hari Raya Haji by giving back to the community.
At Jamiyah Singapore Halfway House in Pasir Panjang, for example, 100 beneficiaries received a special Korban package offered by Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Family and Social Development and Education Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, consisting of vouchers, food rations and a box of meat.