Wednesday, June 17, 2009

RESEARCH ON ZAKAT ACCOUNTING BRINGS MEMBERS TO SINGAPORE

Dr Zakaria Bahari (left) and Prof Muhammad Syukri Salleh (right) glancing through a book at Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) bookshop

Little was known that from 31st May, 2009 to 2nd June, 2009 Prof Muhammad Syukri Salleh, Director of ISDEV, Dr Zakaria Bahari and fellow postgraduate of ISDEV Shereeza binti Mohamed Saniff were in Singapore to carry out the field work on part of the research pertaining to Zakat Accounting in Southeast Asia.

Although the main focus to collect the data for the said research was at the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS), nonetheless these researches maximised the time allocated with visits to Wisma Indah (among the first wakaf property to be developed by MUIS), Darul Arqam Singapore (Converts’ Association of Singapore) and the Institute of South East Asian Studies (ISEAS) which is located next to the National University of Singapore Campus.
The trip was definitely an eye opener for these researchers as they witnessed a number of events during the trip which gave them a glimpse to the broad spectrum of the Malay Muslims life in Singapore. Nonetheless the achievements in management and development of vital infrastructures for the Malay Muslims in Singapore are definitely commendable. The visit to the latest masjid built by MUIS in Singapore, Masjid Al-Mawaddah, in Sengkang leaves one feeling a sense of exhilaration of the achievements made by our brothers and sisters in Singapore even though they constitute the minorities in Singapore.

Dr Zakaria and Prof Syukri with brother Helmy of MUIS at Masjid Al-Mawaddah

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