Building interfaith trust: Building intra-faith trust through open dialogue

Participants at a workshop on diversity within the Singapore Muslim community. MCollective founder Saiful Anuar says the Muslim intra-faith group organises an annual Sunni-Shi’ite dialogue. Head of the Ba’alwie Mosque Habib Hassan says intra-reli
Participants at a workshop on diversity within the Singapore Muslim community. MCollective founder Saiful Anuar says the Muslim intra-faith group organises an annual Sunni-Shi’ite dialogue. Head of the Ba’alwie Mosque Habib Hassan says intra-religious divisions have been around for hundreds of years. PHOTO: MCOLLECTIVE SINGAPORE/FACEBOOK

Even within a faith, there can be tensions, such as the long-standing differences between two Islamic sects, the Sunnis, and the Shi'ites, as the members of the Shia branch are known.

Yet after the arrest of a Sunni Muslim in Singapore in May 2017 for wanting to fight against Shi'ites in the Syrian war, the minority Shi'ites here reached out to them.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 20, 2019, with the headline 'Building intra-faith trust through open dialogue'. Print Edition | Subscribe