Have burning questions about the Islamic faith? This app answers them for you.
Everything from wishing “Merry Christmas” to fasting.
Being a Muslim in Singapore means having to field awkward questions from well-meaning friends.
You know the drill — can you eat at non-Halal restaurants?
Can you wish your friend a Merry Christmas?
Can someone fast during Ramadan if they have physically-demanding jobs?
Or maybe you’ve asked yourself these questions, at one time or another.
You may know the answers, but then again, you may not be able to reel them off by heart.
However, like everything else in these modern times, you can find a good solution online.
Yes, there really is an app for everything.
Developed by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS), it’s like having your own personal ustaz or ustazah (religious teacher) in your pocket.
Now you don’t have to feel embarrassed the next time someone asks you a simple question like, “Can Muslims go for Lasik surgery?”
(Spoiler alert: They can.)
There’s also a handy search bar for you to look for a specific term, no matter how obscure.
If you’ve ever wondered if sterilising your pet cat is permissible, the app has the answer.
The app also addresses more technical issues, like the rules governing zakat, or the contribution of wealth towards charity.
It can get really technical.
Like, really technical.
But the app makes it easy to search for an answer.
These days, Muslims in Singapore have to be discerning when it comes to taking advice on religion.
With extremists peddling hateful rhetoric online, and even one religious teacher in Singapore caught spreading violent, anti-Singaporean values, we have to be careful about our sources.
MuslimSG tackles tough questions on extremism too, making it clear that not only is it incompatible with the rule of law in Singapore, it is also not permissible within Islam.
Besides offering answers to tricky theological queries, the app can also lead you to the nearest place selling delicious halal food.
It can point you towards the nearest mosque, help keep track of prayer times, and keep you up to date with Islamic-related news in Singapore.
It even has transcripts of sermons, in case you missed any.
But with this app, you won’t miss many.
Available on App Store and Google Play
If you’re interested, you’ll be glad to know that the MuslimSG app is free for both Apple and Android users.
This sponsored article by MUIS made the writer feel better about having gone for Lasik.