MUIS issues religious advice to Singapore Muslim community following the decriminalizing of homosexual conduct

“As Muslims, we should treat everyone with full dignity and respect,” says the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS).

MUIS issues religious advice to Singapore Muslim community following news of 377A repeal
Exterior of the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) building.

The Muslim Times’ Chief Editor’s comment: When the Quranic punishment of adultery is not enforced, why should the Muslims discriminate against homosexual sex only? Today issues are not the past doctrinal sectarian differences, rather the cotemporary questions like these.

SINGAPORE: The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) on Monday (Aug 22) issued religious advice to the Singapore Muslim community after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Section 377A of the Penal Code will be repealed.

Mr Lee made the announcement in his National Day Rally speech on Sunday. The repeal of 377A will in effect revoke a colonial-era law that criminalises sex between men.

The Government will also amend the Constitution to protect the definition of marriage – currently recognised by law as taking place between one man and one woman – from being challenged constitutionally in the courts, Mr Lee said.

In its media release, MUIS said Islamic law places importance on human dignity, respect and peaceful relations. 

“These values are crucial as we navigate complex socio-religious issues today. As Muslims, we should treat everyone with full dignity and respect. Everyone, regardless of their sexual orientations, must feel safe in our society and institutions.

“As such, Muslims should uphold the best of character, charity and compassion, in dealing with others, even with whom we disagree,” it said, adding that it rejects any form of bullying or harassment.

MUIS said the best way to preserve the religious practices and way of life of the Muslim community in Singapore was to actively educate Muslims with values and principles. All members of the community, particularly the young, should also be engaged and empowered to navigate current issues.

“We need to strike the right balance in ensuring we continue to hold on tight to our religion yet remain compassionate in our dealings towards others,” it added. 

Regarding those who profess the Muslim faith but face their own struggles with privately reconciling this with their sexuality, MUIS said such individuals deserve respect and should not be condemned or vilified. 

The council also said that it recognises a need to develop and enhance the capabilities of religious teachers and counsellors. In particular, how the values and teachings of Islam could be “sensitively imparted” to such individuals while keeping their dignity intact and respecting their confidentiality. 


MUIS welcomed efforts to strengthen the institution of marriage between male and female in Singapore.

This is in accordance with the teachings of Islam which emphasises the building of families through marriage between males and females as the basic foundation of society. Islam also forbids all other forms of sexual relationships and unions.

“We have also called on the Government to consider our position as it deliberates on laws that are appropriate for Singapore in preserving and strengthening the institution of marriage,” said the council.

MUIS added that some individuals within the Muslim community may profess the Islamic faith but self-identify on matters of sexuality and gender in other ways. There have also been attempts to reinterpret religious texts to find a religious basis for their choices.


5 replies

  1. Rafiq. What fo uou think this DOCTRINE??
    The Prophet said, “If you have people who act like the people of Lut (LGBT), then kill the culprits.” (Narrated by Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah)

    Can MUIS delete this foctrine from the book of Islamic teaching ( Hadith). ?

    Gby Rafiq 🙏🙏🙏

    • I agree with the explanations of the Government of Singapore. What happens in the bedroom is between those guys and Allah and has nothing to do with the society at large. and marriage for milleniums was between a male and one or more females…

  2. I believe that many Christian ( like you ) want to convert to Islam because you want to have more wives. Is it right? Rafiq!


    • wrong assumption. Polygamy has a lot of responsbilities. Christians can have uncountable mistresses, and many do have …

      • Most Prophets before Jesus were Piligamy or many wives and slaves womens

        Jesus came to earth to change that rule or polygamy tradition. Because Polygamy will destroy happiness of Children and wives.

        Do not you feel that Rafiq?
        Did not your first wife feel happy or sad?
        What are about your children?

        GBY all

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