Nazirudin Mohd Nasir, 43, who is currently the deputy to Fatris, will take over as the mufti, Singapore's highest Islamic authority, and oversee key religious rulings for Muslims there.
The change was announced on Thursday (Jan 9) by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis), which noted that Nazirudin has already been making significant contributions in supporting the mufti to advance religious policies.
Muis also announced that Nazirudin will be supported by two deputy muftis: Murat Md Aris and Mohammad Hannan Hassan.
Murat will oversee religious policies, while Hannan will be in charge of the development of religious teachers and the curriculum of Islamic schools.
In a statement from Muis, Fatris said he decided to step down to make way for new blood to lead the community.
He noted that it was his responsibility to develop the next generation of devotees and religious leaders.
"I am happy to see through the development of the next generation of religious scholars in Singapore with a good mix of knowledge, training and experience, who are ready to take over from me and guide Singaporean Muslims in their religious life," he added, according to the Straits Times.