Abode of Peace
Brunei Darussalam is a sultanate in the island of Borneo. It is the home to the oldest and only surviving sovereign Islamic monarchy. It is a small state with a land area of 5,765 sq km and a population of approximately 400,000.
As a small but prosperous Islamic Sultanate, the legacy of centuries of Malay culture, traditions, language, arts, crafts and Islamic religious practices is lovingly preserved and cherished by the nation’s people, as well as being enshrined in the national governing philosophy of the Malay Islamic Monarchy, known as Melayu Islam Beraja (MIB). Brunei Darussalam is truly an Abode of Peace.
Although a piously observant society where Islam is the state religion and the spiritual well being of the population is as important as the material one, Brunei Darussalam, under the guidance of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolklah, is also a forward looking, modem and tolerant society, where sincere hospitality Is extended to visitors from all backgrounds.
Graced with some of South East Asia’s most iconic modern Mosques, collections of precious ancient artifacts and relics or mausoleums of revered Sultans of yore, visitors to Brunel Darussalam will find an abundance of places of interest and activities to experience the country from an Islamic perspective.
With its rich living culture and traditions, as found in the famous Kampong Ayer (Water Village) or In the pomp and pageantry of the age old monarchic institution, Brunei Darussalam is one of the not-to-be-missed links In the Trail of Islamic Civilization that runs through most of south East Asia.
Such a linkage resonates especially well with neighboring Malaysia, where cultural, family and trade ties between Brunei and the ancient Malay Kingdoms run deep since historical times.
In Brunel Darussalam, Muslim visitors, whether members of the Malay community at large wishing to visit the last remaining full-fledged Malay Monarchy or brothers and sisters from the Ummah curious to see how Islam is practiced in this part of the world, can enjoy the destination without any worries.
Non-Muslim visitors too are sincerely welcome, not only to discover Brunei’s famed natural and other secular attractions, but also to gain knowledge about and to experience, the Islamic religion or the Malay civilization and heritage.
Note: With excerpts from the Islamic Tourism Brochure of Brunel Darussalam
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