Police report filed on unregistered Muslim religious school: Muis, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – Police investigate unregistered Muslim religious school and its sole owner, a 64-year-old man, for hiring a former religion teacher to provide religious education even though he was not recognized under the program local asatizah.

The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) revealed Thursday, January 28, that it had reported on March 26, 2019.

This was before he served a closure order on Mr. Osman Sarkam, the current owner of the religious school – the FR Coran Center located at 37 Onan Road – on April 24 of the same year.

Mr Osman, who is accused of running the unregistered Muslim school, allegedly deployed a 49-year-old Fahrorazi Sohoi to teach there when he was not registered under the Asatizah recognition program.

Muis said that Fahrorazi is the founder of the FR Quran Center.

In a statement, police said they were investigating violations of the 2016 Muslim Law Administration (Muslim Religious School) rules. She added that she would seek advice from Muis on the religious aspects of the case.

Fahrorazi was in court Wednesday for his role in organizing a three-hour public event without permission.

The event, on November 11, 2018, took place in the Pu Tian building in Geylang to mark the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, and was attended by around 400 people.

Fahrorazi had organized the event despite the rejection of his application for a police permit.

In fining Fahrorazi on Wednesday $ 2,000, District Judge Salina Ishak said the former religious leader deliberately went against the advice of the police.

For his role related to the same event, Mr. Osman received a severe warning.

In August 2018, Fahrorazi was also indicted in court for an alleged scam involving payments for haj travel packages that did not exist. He was granted a release that did not amount to an acquittal in 2019.

Muis in his statement said that under the Administration of Muslim Law Act, a person should not run a Muslim religious school unless it is registered by Muis. Failure to comply with this requirement is an offense.

Muis said the Muslim community should seek religious instruction and counseling only from teachers registered under the Asatizah recognition program.

He said the list of registered schools and teachers is available on the GoBusiness Licensing portal online.

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