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Islamic laws and leadership
Publication Date : 17-07-2012
On His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's birthday, the monarch announced that he has given his consent to the implementation of the Perintah Kanun Hukuman Jenayah Syariah (Syariah Penal Code Order).
His Majesty said: "In conjunction with my 66th birthday, with all gratitude, (and with) which will save us all, especially the king, from (what will be) demanded by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala on Judgment Day, I, in the name of Allah the Most Merciful and Most Generous, after studying and (being) advised by the relevant body, am pleased to announce that I have consented (for) the Syariah Penal Code Order to be implemented in this country."
This announcement came after a special meeting convened with members of the Brunei Islamic Religious Council (MUIB), which took place at the Baitul Mesyuarah, Istana Nurul Iman on June 28 this year. This legal development is important, not just for Brunei in its implementation of Islamic legal matters but also to affirm its commitment in upholding its national philosophy of Melayu Islam Beraja (MIB) or Malay Islamic Monarchy.
The Order has been a long time coming with the monarch in March last year proposing the introduction of an Islamic Criminal Act while maintaining the implementation of existing civil and religious legislations.
More than six months later in October, His Majesty gave a titah where he urged the authorities not to delay the introduction of the Islamic Criminal Act.
In pushing for the implementation of Islamic laws, the monarch is acting true to Islamic beliefs and principles.
In Islam, leadership is an "amanah" or trust. Like every Muslim, the leader is accountable to Allah SWT. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said in a hadith (Bukhari & Muslim): "Every one of you is a leader and you shall be asked about those you lead."