Maintaining Religious Harmony
A supportive and inclusive environment where everyone is welcomed regardless of race, language, and religion, is something that is worth striving for.
Preserve, protect, and promote multi-religious harmony.
Founded in March 1949, the Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore (IRO) was established with the purpose of preserving, protecting and promoting multi-religious harmony in Singapore. Involving representatives from 10 religions in Singapore, the IRO aims to create a supportive and inclusive environment, where everyone is welcome regardless of race, language or religion.
Ten religions are represented in the IRO - Hindu, Jewish, Zoroastrian, Buddhist, Taoist, Jain, Christian, Islam, Sikh and Baha’i.
A unique rotating annual presidency among the ten religions ensures that all member religions are given an equal opportunity to lead the IRO’s long-term efforts.
The IRO works closely with various local faith-based organisations to jointly organize networking opportunities, where members interact with members of different faiths and appreciate the multicultural experience that comes with such events.
The IRO also hosts a variety of prayer groups, talks and seminars, where individuals have the opportunity to learn about various faiths and religions that exist in Singapore. The seminars allow participants to gain first-hand experience in understanding the various faiths, along with working together with them to promote harmonious relationships among all Singaporeans.
The IRO has produced a host of publications aimed at promoting religious harmony in Singapore, including the book “Religions in Singapore” and “Religious Customs and Practices in Singapore”.
IRO council members have also made study trips to countries with similar organization such as the USA, United Kingdom, France, Australia, Indonesia, China and Philippines to gain a global perspective on promoting religious harmony on our tiny island.