State Mufti of Brunei

The State Mufti (Malay: Mufti Kerajaan) is the most senior and most influential Sunni Muslim Ulema (religious and legal authority) in Brunei. The holder of the position is appointed by the Sultan of Brunei. The State Mufti is the head of the all Ulema in Brunei.

State Mufti Office
State Mufti's flag

State Mufti Office in 2022
Agency overview
Formed1 September 1994
HeadquartersBandar Seri Begawan
Employeesapproximately 1,000
Annual budgetBN$ 260 million
Agency executive
Parent agencyPrime Minister's Office
Child agency
  • Ministry of Religious Affairs of Brunei
Websitewww.pmo.gov.bn
www.mufti.gov.bn

Role

The State Mufti is the most senior religious authority in the country. His main role is to give opinions (fatwas) on legal matters and on social affairs base on Islamic Koran, Hadeeth, Qiyas and Ijma' of Ulema.[1]

History

The first State Mufti of Brunei was Ismail Omar Abdul Aziz from 1962 to 1965. He had been Mufti of Johore in Malaysia. In 1967, Ismail again became Brunei's State Mufti until his death. In 1994, Brunei-born Vice State Mufti Abdul Aziz Juned became the country's State Mufti.[2]

State Mufti

Portrait Minister Term start Term end Time in office Ref.
Ismail Omar Abdul Aziz 1 April 1962 1 September 1994 32 years, 153 days [3]
Abdul Aziz Juned 1 September 1994 Incumbent 28 years, 150 days [4]

References

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