His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, in a titah, has stressed that Brunei Darussalam has no option other than to obey all the demands of Allah the Al-Mighty as its foremost obligation.
One of the ways to this end, His Majesty pointed, is by implementing Islamic laws but without side-lining conventional civil laws. In this regard, His Majesty further pointed, Brunei Darussalam has been and is making a beautiful and unique undertaking by islamising or aligning all its Laws to Islamic requirements in order to fulfill Allah the Al-Mighty's commands.
The monarch was speaking at the opening of the International Seminar on Islamic laws carrying the theme: "Towards Implementing Islamic Laws". The event took place at the Brunei's Defence International Exhibition Centre, BRIDEX, in Jerudong this morning.
His Majesty explained that the implementation of Islamic Laws constitutes His Majesty's primary aspiration, which His Majesty has voiced repeatedly, but which, until now it is still being addressed. His Majesty Titah 1 "Although Brunei Darussalam is small, this should not impede us from taking steps toward implementing Islamic Laws because as Muslims, we are obligated to implement it in fulfilling the demands of Allah the Al-Mighty.
When Islamic Laws are in place, only then this glorious land can be called Baldatun Taibatun Warabun Ghafur or a good nation and Allah is most merciful. We have no option other than to obey all Allah's commands.
This is one of our obligations. One of the commands is to implement His laws. These are Islamic Laws in general. On 15th July 1996 and at a meeting of the Brunei Islamic Religious Council on 13th March 2011, I had especially spoken on Islamic Criminal Laws. This, too, should be given serious and immediate attention.
We can no longer say "no or wait" because we already have everything, we have the capability and the power to implement it. It is not appropriate if we continue to say no or wait.
Who are we in the presence of Allah the Al-Mighty to say "no or wait" when the laws are not newly legislated, but have been stipulated in the Al-Qur'an and hadiths since the year 1400?