As Brunei’s sultan, Hassanal Bolkiah, encourages Islamisation throughout society, pressure on Christians increases. The first stage of Sharia, or Islamic law, is in effect, and attendance at Muslim prayers is mandatory for all, including converts to Christianity. A fatwa bans the construction or renovation of buildings used for non-Muslim worship, while the authorities monitor and place restrictions on all churches (including registered ones). Importing Bibles and Christian evangelism are prohibited, as is celebrating Christmas.

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Brunei takes another step towards full implementation of Sharia

Parliament building in Brunei's capital, Bandar Seri Begawan. (Photo: World Watch Monitor)

Brunei’s Sultan and his Islamic Religious Council have approved a draft Criminal Code that brings the country another step closer to the full implementation of Sharia (Islamic law), the Borneo Bulletin reports. The draft outlines procedures for investigation, prosecution and the judiciary, and would facilitate the introduction of harsher punishments […]

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Sharia postponed in Brunei

Brunei’s all-powerful Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has postponed the introduction of tough Islamic criminal punishments that were due to begin on April 22. Brunei said in October that it would introduce Islamic law (Sharia) punishments including flogging, death by stoning and the severing of limbs for theft. No new date was given […]

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