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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fundraising from muis is ongoing...! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zing wrote:
wah free? Confused


same reaction when 1st heard it.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is the commitment government gave to Malays last time, just like free education etc. Not sure whether the free education is still provided now. And also if I am not wrong for every dollar MUIS raised government will match 1 dollar for 1 dollar.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now, I'm even more shock. Surprised
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Qwerty wrote:
Now, I'm even more shock. Surprised


free education?!?!

me too am shocked now Confused
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey guys, dont totally take my word for it. If anyone can provide more info will be better Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dunno if this helps:

http://www.muis.gov.sg/cms/aboutus/overview.aspx?id=442

Background, Role and Functions

Background
The Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS), also known as the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore, was established as a statutory body in 1968 when the Administration of Muslim Law Act (AMLA) came into effect. Under AMLA, MUIS is to advise the President of Singapore on all matters relating to Islam in Singapore.

Role and Functions
The role of MUIS is to see that the many and varied interests of Singapore's Muslim community are looked after. In this regard MUIS is responsible for the promotion of religious, social, educational, economic and cultural activities in accordance with the principles and traditions of Islam as enshrined in the Holy Quran and Sunnah.
The principal functions of MUIS are as follows:

Administration of zakat, wakaf (endowment), pilgrimage affairs, halal certification and da'wah activities
Construction and administration of mosques development and management
Administration of Madrasah and Islamic education
Issuance of fatwas (religious rulings)
Provision of financial relief to poor and needy Muslims
Provision of developmental grants to organisations

http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/irf/2006/71357.htm
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 09, 2006 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

this is only to the very poor and disabled. they collect and give same as CDAC or SINDA.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Xfactor wrote:
Hey guys, dont totally take my word for it. If anyone can provide more info will be better Smile


Finally there will be a mosque in Sengkang Thumbs Up . My hubby will definitely be happier as he usually goes to Tampines for the nearest masjid. And I'm hoping that this upcoming Sengkang masjid will have it's usual fare of yummy foodstuffs and free porridge in the months of Ramadhan.

Hope this info clears things up a bit about building of mosques (preferably referred as masjid) in S'pore.

Citing from MUIS website under FAQs for the Mosque Building and MENDAKI Fund (MBMF): "Under Section 78 of the Administration of the Muslim Law Act, all Muslim workers are to contribute to the MBMF. This includes Muslim permanent residents and foreign workers."

For Muslim workers, the monthly deductions are from their salaries by default, from $2 to $11 depending on salary range. This is on top of the compulsory annual zakat fitrah. Zakat Fitrah is also known as zakat of the body, zakat of Ramadan and zakat fitri. The period for obligatory payment is between the end of Ramadan and before Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

For education, it's not really free but some school fees are subsidised. But over the years, the subsidy amounts has decreased while the MBMF deductions increased systematically.

FAQs on MBMF http://www.muis.gov.sg/cms/services/mbf.aspx?id=962#12
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gendon wrote:
Xfactor wrote:
Hey guys, dont totally take my word for it. If anyone can provide more info will be better Smile


Finally there will be a mosque in Sengkang Thumbs Up . My hubby will definitely be happier as he usually goes to Tampines for the nearest masjid. And I'm hoping that this upcoming Sengkang masjid will have it's usual fare of yummy foodstuffs and free porridge in the months of Ramadhan.

Hope this info clears things up a bit about building of mosques (preferably referred as masjid) in S'pore.

Citing from MUIS website under FAQs for the Mosque Building and MENDAKI Fund (MBMF): "Under Section 78 of the Administration of the Muslim Law Act, all Muslim workers are to contribute to the MBMF. This includes Muslim permanent residents and foreign workers."

For Muslim workers, the monthly deductions are from their salaries by default, from $2 to $11 depending on salary range. This is on top of the compulsory annual zakat fitrah. Zakat Fitrah is also known as zakat of the body, zakat of Ramadan and zakat fitri. The period for obligatory payment is between the end of Ramadan and before Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

For education, it's not really free but some school fees are subsidised. But over the years, the subsidy amounts has decreased while the MBMF deductions increased systematically.

FAQs on MBMF http://www.muis.gov.sg/cms/services/mbf.aspx?id=962#12


OIC so Muslim also practise the monthly deduction from salary to the mosque. I thought this practise only goes to Church.

Another knowledge learn.
O.T. Anyone interested in getting the Temple to do the same?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Gendon for the info Smile

Anyway I saw the site commenced construction already Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Xfactor wrote:
Thanks Gendon for the info Smile

Anyway I saw the site commenced construction already Smile


You're welcome, Xfactor Smile

Latest announcement from MUIS:

"30 Jun 2007 - Groundbreaking, announcement of Mosque's name and establishing Kiblat direction ceremony for Sengkang Mosque."

"Commencement of Piling and Building works for new Mosque at Sengkang."
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gendon wrote:
Xfactor wrote:
Thanks Gendon for the info Smile

Anyway I saw the site commenced construction already Smile


You're welcome, Xfactor Smile

Latest announcement from MUIS:

"30 Jun 2007 - Groundbreaking, announcement of Mosque's name and establishing Kiblat direction ceremony for Sengkang Mosque."

"Commencement of Piling and Building works for new Mosque at Sengkang."


Hmm...that means they put the machinery and piling works there for standby liao.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gendon wrote:
Xfactor wrote:
Thanks Gendon for the info Smile

Anyway I saw the site commenced construction already Smile


You're welcome, Xfactor Smile

Latest announcement from MUIS:

"30 Jun 2007 - Groundbreaking, announcement of Mosque's name and establishing Kiblat direction ceremony for Sengkang Mosque."

"Commencement of Piling and Building works for new Mosque at Sengkang."


Great Info..!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2007 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

While waiting for any news abt the progress of Sengkang's new masjid(mosque), here's an item (I think it's dated 2003) about the History of Mosque Building Fund (from MUIS website):

"Mosque Building Programme

It was the early 1970s and Muslims were being resettled from their villages into brand-new HDB flats in Toa Payoh. They found that they had no mosque to call their own in their new estate.

Muslim community leaders came together and decided to collect funds to build a new mosque. With the help of the then-Member of Parliament for Toa Payoh they went knocking on doors, collecting funds and selecting sites to build their mosque. But their efforts proceeded at a snail's pace. Money was slow coming in and they soon felt their energy dissipating.

Members of the MUIS Council recall that they were summoned to the Istana by then-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, who had apparently noticed the difficulties they faced in raising funds. Two meetings were convened. As a result, the AMLA (Administration of Muslim Law Act) was amended and the MBF was set up in 1975, where all working Muslims could voluntarily contribute a monthly minimum sum of 50 cents (in 1977 raised to one dollar per month) for the construction of mosques in new housing estates.

Less than two years later, Masjid Muhajirin emerged on what had previously been a muddy plot of land housing a sludgy rattan-making factory. The mosque's huge brown dome and single minaret stood out proudly.

Skeptics were silenced. Among them were two men who had pledged to give a donation to the mosque if the MBF succeeded in setting up a mosque.

They each gave a grandfather's clock. Today, the two clocks still tick in the prayer hall of the mosque.
Since the miracle of Muhajirin, the Mosque Building Fund has raised more than $80 million for twenty new mosques in the past 28 years.

The fecundity of the MBF can only be due to the Singapore Muslim way of doing things - the self-help way. Under the scheme, working Muslims are presently asked to donate a minimum of $2 to $5 each month to the Fund according to their salary, deducted through a government agency.

The new mosques, called the new-generation mosques make up a quarter of the 69 mosques in Singapore. Muslims in every new housing estate will be served by at least one new-generation mosque.

The government's role has been critical for the MBF. It allowed not only the use of the government agency for collecting the contributions, but also set aside land for the new mosques at nominal prices.

The new-generation mosques come with conference rooms, classrooms, halls and even auditoriums. Community leaders and members alike refer to them as centres of excellence, harking back to the golden age of Islam.

The new-generation mosques in Singapore offer a wide range of activities to meet the needs of Muslims of all ages, backgrounds and interests. Unlike the older mosques, the new-generation mosques are seen as Islamic community centres - they serve not only as centres for worship, but as centres for education and other Islamic activities. Accordingly, all new mosques have been designed with provision for madrasah, function halls, conference rooms and offices.

The design also takes into account the increasing role of women in society. Facilities are separated from the praying space to allow women, who play a significant role in the management of mosques, to work and participate in its activities throughout the year. These mosques are patronised throughout the day by Muslims of all ages. Adult religious classes are usually held after the fajr prayers. Afterwards kindergarten and madrasah classes are held for children. Adult classes are again held at night. During weekends, madrasah classes for children and adults are also held.

Welfare services include marriage counselling, free meals for breaking of fast, exhibitions and talks on drug abuse and akad nikah or marriage solemnization.

Members of the Mosque Management Board, who organise these courses, themselves attend workshops on leadership and management. These are conducted by MUIS as part of the aim of developing mosques into centres of excellence.

Mosques are managed by Mosque Management Boards appointed by MUIS every two years. These boards manage the day-to-day running of the mosques autonomously - they raise funds, employ full-time staff, and pay for the cost of managing the mosques on their own.

Self-reliance is particularly evident in the financing of operational costs, which by and large come from public donations. Once the mosques are operational, MUIS provides minimal financial support. MUIS assistance comes mainly in the form of training.

The new-generation mosques are outstanding not just for their activities. Their out-of the-ordinary architecture transforms them almost immediately into landmarks amid row upon row of whitewashed and pastel apartment blocks in the housing estates.

While older mosques tend to vary between the plain and the grandly Arabesque with domes and minarets, the new-generation mosques proudly display local influences, from red-tiled peaked roofs and overhanging eaves to verandahs for airy ambience. Some herald the future with avant-garde designs.

Whatever shape or size, to Muslims, these mosques are the concrete symbols of the strength and soul of the community.

A Muslim Singaporean of today sees a mosque as more than just a building where Muslims gather to pray to Allah. When he talks of a mosque, particularly a new-generation mosque, he is also referring to the myriad of activities and the dynamic processes within is precincts that provide for a wide variety and virtually endless scope of service to Allah."

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