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2:3, image by Herman Felani M.Y., 31 December 2009
The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore is principally known by its Malay
title, Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS). The council was established as a
statutory body in 1968 when the Administration of Muslim Law Act (AMLA) came
into effect. Under this Act, MUIS is to advise the President of Singapore on all
matters relating to Islam in Singapore. Part of its duties is to oversee the
administration of mosques in Singapore. The council is a statutory board under
the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS).
The flag of the council is white with a large logo of the council at the centre. The logo is green, a common colour associated with Islam, with five white minarets, presumably representing the five pillars of Islam.
Some of the mosques in Singapore, apart from principally being places of worship, also provide formal religious education (especially through the mosques' part-time Madrasahs). Most of the mosques have logos for themselves. These logos are mainly based on calligraphy art of the mosque name in the Arabic script. Some of the mosques have flags as well flown alongside the Singapore flag and MUIS flag where three poles are available, those that I've seen have basically the respective mosque logo on a plain field. Where only two flagpoles are available, I've seen only the Singapore flag and mosque flag being hoisted.
There are six full-time madrasahs in
Singapore administered by MUIS and registered with the Ministry of Education:
1. Madrasah Al-Arabiah Al-Islamiah
2. Madrasah Al-Irsyad Al-Islamiah
3. Madrasah Aljunied Al-Islamiah
4. Madrasah Al-Maarif Al-Islamiah
5. Madrasah Alsagoff Al-Arabiah
6. Madrasah Wak Tanjong Al-Islamiah
I assume they would have their own flags. For example, the flag of Madrasah Wak Tanjong Al-Islamiah as shown here: http://www.mwtai.edu.sg/AboutUs-School%20Crest.htm. These flags would be hoisted second to the national flag.
Herman Felani M.Y., 31 January 2010