Mosque visit deepens friendships
Imam Habib Syed Hassan Al-Attas (extreme right) shows a Qur’an manuscript to (from left) Msgr Philip Heng, Archbishop William Goh and Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman at the Ba’alwie Mosque during an interfaith visit.
Archbishop William Goh made a personal visit to the Ba’alwie Mosque at the invitation of Imam Habib Syed Hassan Al-Attas on Dec 29.
“It was a friendly and personal visit,” Archbishop Goh later shared in his Instagram account. “We had a warm and pleasant conversation.”
Imam Habib Syed Hassan took Archbishop Goh and Msgr Philip Heng, Vicar General for Inter-Religious Affairs, around the interfaith museum in the mosque, located on Lewis Road off Bukit Timah Road.
The museum contains an impressive collection of artefacts including books related to Islam, Christianity and other religions in Singapore.
The religious leaders spoke about nurturing shared values, respect and deepening interreligious engagement in creating a common space for religions to exist harmoniously in multiracial and multireligious Singapore.
In his Instagram account, Archbishop Goh shared that he was very edified by the warmth, love and genuine fraternal friendship of Imam Habib Syed Hassan and his collaborators.
“There is nothing more effective in building and fostering relationships than by cultivating a sincere love for each other,” he noted.
“By so doing, through our sharing, we increase our common space as well, so that we learn to cherish what we have in common, appreciate what we differ in, and learn from each other the eternal values, the truths and the culture of others.”
Among those present for the visit were Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Mayor, South East District; Mr Abdul Razak Hassan Maricar, Chief Executive of the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis); and Canossian Sr Theresa Seow, Vice Chairperson of the Archdiocesan Catholic Council for Interreligious Dialogue (ACCIRD).