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HM Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah

Sultan and Yand Di-Pertuan of Brumei Darussalam

His Majesty Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah is one of the richest men in the world. He is the 29th Sultan of one of the oldest dynasties in existence today. Brunei is on the north coast of the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia, with a Muslim population of approximately 211.000.


House of Bolkiah: His Majesty Sultan Bolkiah descends from the House of Bolkiah, which traces back to Sultan Bolkiah, the fifth Sultan of Brunei (who ruled from 1485-1524 CE). The House of Bolkiah is the longest reigning Sunni Muslim Royal House in Brunei.


Administrative Influence: Sultan Bolkiah has been lauded for attempts at slowly democratizing the country’s governance, while at the same time consolidating royal authority. Beginning in the early nineties Sultan Bolkiah began trying to strengthen the role of Islam through the notion of Melayu Islam Beraja (or Malay Islamic Monarchy). The Sultan is also an important donor to the Organization of the Islamic Conference.


Development: The citizens of Brunei enjoy a high standard of living with life expectancy at 74 and 77 years for men and women respectively. Education and health care of a high standard are available to all citizens.


Personal Wealth: His Majesty is one of the wealthiest people in the world. His official residence has over 1,800 rooms and he maintains a car collection in the thousands. He is known for holding lavish ceremonies. He owns many properties (via the Brunei Investment Authority) in the UK including the famous Dorchester hotel. He is estimated to be worth $20 billion.

Introduction of Shariah Law: On May 1, 2014, Brunei introduced the first of three phases adopting Sharia Law. The first phase punishes minor offences with fines or jail terms. The second phase will punish more serious crimes with flogging, and the final phase will include the possibility of capital punishment. The international reactions have included various statements of outcry, and a Hollywood backed attempt at boycotting the Sultan’s hotel chains.


600His collection of Rolls Royce cars alone.
$20 billionHis current asset evaluation.
Sultan Of Brunei Introduces Sharia Law - NPR (blog)
2013-10-23 00:40:46

Vladimir Astapkovich/Getty Images. The Sultan of Brunei said his country would soon be ruled by a set of strict Islamic criminal laws, making Brunei the first Southeast Asian country to institute Sharia Law at a national level. The Wall Street Journal ...

Sultan of Brunei introduces tough Islamic punishments -
2013-10-24 09:19:55

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: The Sultan of Brunei introduced tough Sharia-law punishments on Tuesday including death by stoning for crimes such as adultery, hailing what he called a “historic” step toward Islamic orthodoxy for his sleepy country. Sultan ...

Sultanate of Brunei introduces Shariah law - Al-Arabiya
2013-10-23 10:06:38

The Sultan of Brunei on Tuesday announced the enforcement of Shariah (Islamic law) within its criminal law to take effect next year. The law would be enforced from April, said the 67-year-old Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, one of the world's wealthiest ...

Brunei could see more capital punishment as Sultan plans to introduce sharia law - Radio Australia
2013-10-24 08:54:30

The leader of a moderate Muslim organisation says the the introduction of sharia law in Brunei could mean there will be more capital punishment. The Sultan of Brunei plans to enforce the tough Islamic penal code in phases over the next six months.

Brunei Sultanate Toughens Sharia Law, Now Includes Flogging and Stoning to ... - International Business Times AU
2013-10-24 01:54:28

Hassanal Bolkiah, sultan of Brunei Darussalam, has sought to toughen the existing Sharia law penal code in the country. Effective April 2014, offenders of the revised law, such as adulterers face death by stoning, amputation of limbs for theft, as well ...

Brunei introduces death by stoning under new Islamic laws -
2013-10-22 11:00:02

The Sultan of Brunei is to introduce a new code of sharia law which could see stonings introduced for adultery, amputations for thefts and public flogging for drinking alcohol. Hassanal Bolkiah, who is one of the world's richest men and who has close ...

Brunei a throwback to an age of absolute monarchy -
2013-10-28 10:16:54

Last week, however, it was the venue for a three-day event designed to showcase the Sultan of Brunei's decision to adopt Sharia for his country's Muslim population. Robes worn by judges were put on display and Islamic scholars gave speeches. But the ...and more »

Sultan of Brunei announces new Sharia Penal Code which includes stoning to ... - YouTube
2013-10-23 14:49:46

The Sultan of Brunei has announced the phased introduction of tough Islamic punishments including death by stoning for crimes such as adultery. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, one of the world's wealthiest men, said that the new Sharia Penal Code would start ...

Brunei to Implement Shariah Penal Code, Including Stoning, Caning - Charisma News
2013-10-23 19:33:39

The sultan of Brunei announced on Tuesday he will rule his oil-rich Islamic country according to Shariah laws, including death by stoning for adultery, the amputation of limbs for theft, flogging for alcohol consumption and abortion, and other punishments.

The Sultan of Brunei's 'Islam' - Pakistan Observer
2013-10-26 02:04:55

Saturday, October 26, 2013 - Hearing that the Sultan of Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has announced the other day the phased introduction of Islamic punishments including death by stoning for crimes such as adultery, made me laugh. Can a king be a ...

"There is no conflict between favouring Islamic and traditional values and being more open and international.”

Birth: 15 July 1946 (Age: 69)

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Influence: Leader of over 400,000 citizens of Brunei

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"There is no conflict between favouring Islamic and traditional values and being more open and international.”
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