21 July 2019
19 Zulkaedah 1440H
Alhamdulillah, Madrasah As – Soabereen (Bishan) organised its very first Racial Harmony Day celebration on 21 July 2019, at Masjid An-Nahdhah. It was jointly organised by Bishan North and Toa Payoh East – Novena IRCC and IMSSA. It was also warmly supported by Masjid An-Nahdhah and Harmony Centre. The event provided a great opportunity for younger generation to be more appreciative of the multi-cultural and multi-religious heritage in Singapore. It served as a good way to strengthen our relationships with friends from different races and religion.
Our friends from other faiths and races as well as students from Madrasah a.L.I.V.E. and Madrasah As-Soabereen (Bishan) participated in the racial harmony day celebration. We took a mass Racial Harmony Day pledge and also, a tour around the Harmony Centre. There was a wide range of traditional food and game activities for everyone to try out too! Many participants left with a better understanding of the different religions in Singapore and gained deeper insights on Islam after their tour at the Harmony Centre.
The mass Racial Harmony Pledge taking was indeed a reminder and affirmation that we will each play our part in upholding racial and religious harmony in Singapore – a strength of our community that was borne from the hard work of our forefathers and our nation’s leaders.
There was an array of traditional activities for the participants to try their hands in, such as ketupat and thorannam tying, playing with chapteh, chongkat and spinning top, making lanterns, Chinese calligraphy, wushu, kolam, kompang, henna and answering quizzes on the local culture.
What’s a celebration without good food? Singapore is very widely known for its foodie culture and as such we had food and drinks from various cultures that was spread out. Chinese cuisine included pau, siew mai, muah chee (made on the spot!), spring roll and to wash it all down, grass jelly drink. The Malay cuisine had keuh lapis, putri salat, delicious chendol and the Indian cuisine had fragrant biryani rice, dhalcha, vadai, payasam, murukku and nannari drink!
It was indeed a great day to commemorate the racial and religious harmony in Singapore by bringing along our friends, colleagues and neighbours from different races and religions.
يٰۤاَيُّهَا النَّاسُ اِنَّا خَلَقْنٰكُمْ مِّنْ ذَكَرٍ وَّاُنْثٰى وَجَعَلْنٰكُمْ شُعُوْبًا وَّقَبَآٮِٕلَ لِتَعَارَفُوْا ؕ اِنَّ اَكْرَمَكُمْ عِنْدَ اللّٰهِ اَ تْقٰٮكُمْ ؕ اِنَّ اللّٰهَ عَلِيْمٌ خَبِيْرٌ
“O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.”
Surah Al-Hujurat 49: Ayat 13
It is a blessing from Allah s.w.t. himself that we have various interesting cultures to learn from and thus, we have to be thankful for the harmony we enjoy in our community. Alhamdulillah.