A king's Islam... By Alya
25 October, 2013
Hearing that Sultan of Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah 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 Muslim? Does a Muslim become a king? Truth comes first: kings have no religion. They use religion only to extend their kingship. Akbar was a Muslim king but his kingdom was not Islamic. Aurangzeb was said to be a devout Muslim but he took power after killing his three real brothers. Shahjahan's Taj Mahal is a symbol of his love for his wife Mumtaz, but she died of the pain the king gave to her after getting involved in a love affair with her sister. The zinjeer-e-adl justice (stoning to death) and the like were used as tools of necessity.
The Sultan of Brunei is one of the world's wealthiest men. If he implements Islam in its true letter and spirit, the first punishment he must award is to himself by abandoning all his wealth and giving it to the poor, by throwing away kingship and leaving hundreds of concubines and thousands of slaves, by living the life of a simple man as was demonstrated by Caliph Omar and many others. Also, the stoning to death punishment is not permissible in the Quran. We must realise that the mullah-made sharia has many faces.