About

Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore

  • Singapore’s IRO was founded as an independent organisation in 1949 by leaders of diverse faiths to work together for religious harmony in Singapore.
  • We develop friendship and strengthen ties between religious groups based on mutual trust, respect and understanding.
  • We constantly learn from each other, and as we get to know one another better, we foster and enhance inter-religious harmony in Singapore.
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Community Outreach & Engagement

IRO Prayer Group

Singapore’s IRO leaders often gather to lead inter-religious prayers at occasions that are significant for our city-state, organisations and our people. 

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IRO Women of Faith Wing

The IRO Women of Faith Wing (WOF) meets monthly to deepen the understanding of the different faiths of the participants. 

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IRO Youth Wing

The IRO Youth Wing was founded in 2003 and was refreshed with new members and activities in 2019.

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Talks & Lecture Series

The IRO holds regular public talks to engage members and the public on inter-religious topics, as well as engage dialogue on the impact of inter-religious work on our daily lives.

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Harmony of Faiths Singapore

From its beginnings to the present day, IRO comes together to put harmony first through its leaders and inter-religious prayers. 

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Interfaith Charity

IRO supports and partners charities to provide aid in Singapore and overseas. 

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“If it was ever necessary to create harmony among leaders and followers of different religions, it is more necessary and more urgent today when the world is living in fear of Third World War. With this very idea the Inter-Religious Organisation was founded”

His Eminence Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddiqui, Founder of IRO, 1949

Your Religion in 60 Seconds

Episode 1 – Directory Restrictions

Ever wondered why religions have their dietary restrictions?
Hear them discuss the reasons why in the very first episode.

Episode 2 – Fasting

Turns out, there’s more to fasting than not eating food! In the 2nd episode of  religious leaders discuss why fasting is recommended by their faiths.

Invocation

O Lord, increase in us understanding and knowledge and set us free from the bondage of greed, hatred and ignorance, so that we may awake, arise and advance until the goal is reached, giving our bodies to work and our minds to the Lord.

May we work vigorously keeping within spiritual discipline to bring peace in our hearts. peace in our families, peace in our cities, peace in our planetary home, the world.

May we learn to master ourselves, sublimate our combative energies into creative channels, and freely offer ourselves in the service of our fellowmen, and our Lord.

Help us, 0 Lord, to ever strive to keep on these lines to promote peace on earth and goodwill among men.

By Thy grace, may we all prosper.
(Prayer used at IRO meetings)

Declaration of Religious Harmony

We, the people in Singapore, declare that religious harmony is vital for peace, progress and prosperity in our multi-racial and multi-religious Nation.

We resolve to strengthen religious harmony through mutual tolerance, confidence, respect, and understanding.

We shall always

Recognise the secular nature of our State,
Promote cohesion within our society,
Respect each other’s freedom of religion,
Grow our common space while respecting our diversity,
Foster inter-religious communications,

and thereby ensure that religion will not be abused to create conflict and disharmony in Singapore.

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