RIMA in collaboration with Abdeali Tayebali Family Trust, invite you to an interfaith seminar on “Positive Role of Religion in Peace-Building” at Hall of Trust, OnePeople.sg on Saturday, 21 March, 9.30am – 11.30am. The event is also supported by Buddhist Fellowship and Varsity Christian Fellowship.


Thank you to those who have registered. We look forward to seeing you at the seminar this Saturday.

Ustaz Muhammad Fazalee Bin Ja’afar holds a Bachelor of Islamic Jurisprudence and Law from Al-Azhar University in Cairo. While being educated in the Islamic Sciences since young primarily from the traditional orientation background, he built up his own capacity in the academic and modern sciences through night classes and private studies. After studies, he has been active in the Religious sector till present through involvement in different organization mainly mosque, Muis and some other NGOs. His involvement is mainly through organizational management, planning and also presentation, writing papers and delivering talks on Islam. He continues his Masters in the field of interdisciplinary Islamic Studies, with University Islam Negeri, Syarif hidayatullah, Jakarta in 2010, where the interest to look into Islamic Studies through different lenses and perspectives begins. His area of research interest is to look in the concept of otherness in Islamic Traditions.

His interfaith journey begins when he was with Office of the Mufti, where the office was being invited for interfaith talks organized by IRCC/CC. He was then given an opportunity to participate in summer program; Building Abrahamic Partnership Program, in Hartford Seminary USA to learn in depth about the approach and methodology of interfaith. Professionally, Muhammad Fazalee is currently the Asst. Head for Harmony Centre and is part of the team in developing and conducting interfaith learning, training and engagement for the faith communities in Singapore. Occasionally, He also conducts talks to organisations presenting about Islam, religion and interfaith. In spare time he enjoys spending time with family, repairing broken items, learning new skills, reading on religion and spirituality and writing journal. 

Ven. K. Rathanasara Thero who was born in south-eastern Sri Lankan village of Bibile, became a novice monk at the age of 12 in 1984 and received his higher ordination (Upasampada) in 1998 at the Malwatu Maha Viharaya in Kandy, Sri Lanka. His insatiable quest for learning saw him entering the University of Kelaniya and graduating in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts (Special) degree in Mass Communication and he achieved Master degree in Buddhism (MA) in 2010 from the same university.

The noble expression of his endeavour to share his knowledge of the Dhamma internationally became fulfilled when he was selected to become a resident monk at the Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple in Singapore in 2001, at the invitation of the Singapore Sinhala Buddhist Association which administers the temple.  He is now also a Spiritual Patron of the Buddhist Fellowship.

An interfaith activist for many years, Rev Malcolm T. H. Tan has worked as a Pastor in the Methodist Church since 1984.  A graduate of Trinity Theological College and the University of Leeds (Department of East Asian Studies), he is presently the Pastor-in-Charge of Covenant Community Methodist Church.  He serves as Brigade Chaplain to The Boys’ Brigade in Singapore and Chaplain-in-Charge at the Methodist Girls’ School. He has been teaching at Trinity Theological College for almost 20 years on the subject of Asian Religions and Christianity, where he emphasizes accurate representation, mutual tolerance, and respect among the religious communities in the context of a free and open society. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Malay Studies at the National University of Singapore.

Dr HOON Chang-Yau is Sing Lun Fellow and Assistant Professor of Asian Studies at the School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University (SMU). He is also Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia (UWA). He won the SMU Research Excellence Award in 2014 and the SMU Teaching Excellence Award for the Most Promising Teacher in 2012. Dr Hoon obtained a PhD in Asian Studies (with Distinction) from UWA. His critically acclaimed book, Chinese Identity in Post-Suharto Indonesia: Culture, Media and Politics (2008, Sussex Academic Press), has been translated and published in Chinese and Indonesian. He is the co-editor of Chinese Indonesians Reassessed: History, Religion and Belonging (Routledge, 2013), and Catalysts of Change: Ethnic Chinese Business in Asia (World Scientific, 2014). His research, which focuses on Indonesia, covers issues related to race and ethnicity, Christianity, multiculturalism and multicultural education.


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