We are not sure if they included a syllabus to wish non-Muslims Merry Christmas … but these Hijab Manga are just too Kawaii !
Unhappiness over having to make compromises in a multiracial and multi-religious country, and conflicts that have battered Muslim communities overseas, can play a part in triggering resentment among a vulnerable few here.
The authorities and community leaders have responded to the growing scourge of terrorist ideology with calls for Singaporeans to stand united and steps to counter such ideology more fiercely. Among other things, Singapore has made it mandatory from next year for Islamic religious teachers to register under the Asatizah Recognition Scheme, to ensure Muslims have access to legitimate Islamic teachings.
“You will get Zulfikars around the world and you will get people in Singapore who get radicalised. What we need is to make sure that the mainstream, the middle ground, is solid.” – K Shanmugam
The ARS does exactly this.
Launched in 2005 to safeguard and facilitate the professionalism of Asatizahs (Islamic Teachers) i.e. Quality Control.
Because the teachers graduated from different institutions (overseas) and belong to different orientations within Islam.
More than 80% of Asatizahs have joined the scheme when it first started. MUIS has now made the ARS mandatory
Asatizah play an important role in providing the Singapore Muslim Community with sound religious guidance amidst an increasingly diverse and vibrant socio-religious landscape.
All asatizahs who provide Islamic instruction (including Quran literacy) to any person other than their family members must register with MUIS under the ARS.
Teaching Centers / Schools must also hire ARS approved teachers.
Asatizah who have not registered under the ARS will have a three-month period from the implementation of the mandatory ARS (1 Jan 2017) to do so.
A grace period up to a maximum of 3 years can be granted to those who are not immediately able to meet the requirements.
These initiatives will ensure that our asatizahs continue to be a key source of confidence in the community (and not anyhowly promise 72 virgins in the afterlife)