ICCOS 2022


*Note: The programme is updated as of 30 August 2022 and is subject to change.

Day 1 | 9 September (Friday)

Pre-Conference Programme
7.45 am


Participants to be seated by 8.15 am.

8.30 am – 4.45 pm

Executive Study Programme (ESP)

The session is for participants who have registered for the ESP. If you're interested to join us for the ESP, indicate your preferred itineraries at https://go.gov.sg/iccos2022-esp by 31st August 2022.
The session will be held in English.

The Executive Study Programme (ESP) aims to share lessons from Singapore and our experiences in developing institutions and strengthening community relations. The programme will provide participants an opportunity to experience first-hand the manifestation of Muslim community organisations in Singapore working together to develop the 3Cs – Character, Competency and Citizenry – within the community to nurture our Community of Success, through immersive learning journeys and engagements with religious and community leaders.

Details on ESP are available here.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Conference Opening
6.00 pm


Participants to be seated by 7.30pm.

7.55 pm


8.05 pm

Welcome Remarks

By Mr. Kadir Maideen, Chief Executive of Muis, Singapore

8.15 pm

Keynote Address

By Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of the Republic of Singapore

8.30 pm

Official Launch of Conference

8.40 pm

The Singapore Muslim Community Experience towards a Community of Success

By Ustaz Dr. Nazirudin Mohd Nasir, Mufti of Singapore

9.15 pm


End of Day 1

Day 2 | 10 September (Saturday)

Conference Panels
8.00 am


Participants to be seated by 8.30 am.

8.45 am


9.00 am

Panel I: Nurturing Character for Communities of Success

The panel will discuss the desired form of socio-religious life, and how Muslim communities could draw inspiration from the Muslim traditions to forge a progressive and forward-looking vision of Islam in contemporary contexts.

Speakers in this panel will discuss:

  • How we should approach the diverse yet rich textual and lived experiences in our religious traditions (al-turāth al-Islāmī) in understanding and interpreting today's environment, in the process of helping Muslim communities address contemporary challenges in a coherent and successful way
  • Several important lessons and episodes found within the Muslims traditions that can help develop a progressive socio-religious outlook by drawing the relevant principles and values from such histories
  • The concept and principles of citizenry (al-muwāṭanah) from the Islamic perspective, as well as the dynamism of the Muslim legal tradition and philosophy that enable Muslims to be adaptable to new circumstances

Details on panel synopses are available here.

Moderated by Ustaz Dr. Mohammad Hannan Hassan, Deputy Mufti, Singapore
9.00 am

Approaching Religious Traditions in Contemporary Contexts and Challenges

By Professor Dr. Muhammad Quraish Shihab, Expert on Quranic exegesis and former Minister of Religious Affairs in the Fourth Development Cabinet, Indonesia

9.30 am

Ethico-Theological Foundations of a Muslim Community of Success

By Sheikh Dr. Mustafa Cerić, The Grand Mufti Emeritus of Bosnia, Bosnia-Herzegovina

10.00 am

The Concept and Principles of Citizenry in Islam

By Shaykh Dr. 'Amr Mostafa Hassanein Elwrdany, Secretary of Egypt's Fatwa Council (Dar al-Iftaa), Egypt

10.30 am

Tea break

11.00 am

Panel Q&A

11.45 am

Panel II: Developing Competent Muslim Communities in Diverse & Modern Contexts

The panel will examine the role of institutional reforms in the fields of education and social development that are inspired by religious values and principles and can help towards developing resilient and cohesive communities in plural societies.

Speakers in this panel will discuss:

  • The role of religious leaders in shaping resilient communities, particularly through reforms in Islamic thought and education, that can guide Muslim communities to effectively address present and future challenges
  • How religion and religious traditions have strengthened social cohesion and how can Muslim communities build the necessary competencies to skilfully manage social and religious diversity
  • The various ways Muslim religious and educational institutions can collaborate with both the state and the society in strengthening the common good

Details on panel synopses are available here.

Moderated by Ustazah Sharifah Farah Syed Mahamood Aljunied, Director of the Education & Student Development, Muis, Singapore

Overcoming Complex Challenges in Religious Thought: Islamic Higher Education

By Professor Abdullah Saeed, Sultan of Oman Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies and Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor at the University of Melbourne, Australia


Embracing Religious Diversity and Interfaith Cooperation

By Professor Mona Siddiqui, OBE, Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies, University of Edinburgh and the Jane and Aatos Erkko Professor at the Helsinki Collegium, Scotland


Leadership of Muslim Institutions in Minority Contexts – Reflections from America

By Dr. Khalil Abdur-Rashid, Muslim Chaplain at Harvard University and Co-founder of the Islamic Seminary of America in Dallas, United States




Panel Q&A

3.30 pm

Panel III: Enhancing Social Cohesion & Active Citizenry

The panel will examine meaningful collaborative efforts between government agencies ("Public"), private sector ("Private") and Muslim communities ("People") (PPP) in building robust and resilient institutions that contribute to the strengthening of social cohesion and active citizenry in plural societies and a globalized world.

Speakers in this panel will discuss:

  • Several notable examples of inter-religious/racial participation and contributions made by minority Muslim communities
  • The shifting boundaries between the religious and the secular in today's context, and how both state and religion should negotiate these in the context of increasing diversity and greater assertiveness for individual religious rights
  • How current and future global challenges can adversely affect social cohesion and complicate public policy in managing religious diversity, and how Muslim communities can more effectively prepare in dealing with these developments

Details on panel synopses are available here.

Moderated by Mr. Esa Masood, Second Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Social and Family Development, Singapore

Building Resilient Communities ahead of Global Challenges

By Professor Dr. Azza Karam, Secretary General of Religions for Peace International


Muslims and Nation-Building – Lessons of Active Citizenship and Coexistence

By Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, Former Premier of Western Cape and Founder of the World for All Foundation, South Africa


Tea Break


Religious Communities and the Secular State – The Singapore Story

By Ms. Yeoh Chee Yan, Chairman of National Heritage Board and Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Singapore


Panel Q&A

The session will be joined by Minister Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for Social and Family Development, Second Minister for Health, and Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs, Singapore.

6.30 pm

Concluding Remarks

By Ustaz Dr. Nazirudin Mohd Nasir, Mufti of Singapore

6.50 pm


End of Day 2

*Participants will be informed of their allocated seating on the Conference day. Due to space limitations, participants may be seated in a different ballroom with a two-way live feed from the main ballroom. We appreciate your kind understanding on the matter.