According to Chinese historical records, Islam has been present in Brunei since the 10th century, and by the reign of the third monarch, Sultan Sharif Ali, Brunei grew into an Islamic empire. With Islam as the state religion and the Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) concept as the national governing philosophy, Brunei flourished spiritually and through the people’s material well-being.
Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque
A timeless architectural work of art, the Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque, or fondly known as SOAS mosque to the locals, is the highlight of any visit to the capital. More than the mosque’s splendour of a golden dome, stained glass windows and marble columns, it gives a spiritual and uplifting feeling like no other.
Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque
This mosque is definitely a must-see for any traveller, with its colourful mosaic tails and eight-pointed stars, it’s no less grand than the Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque! It was built to commemorate the present monarch’s Silver Jubilee, and is surrounded by finely manicured gardens and fountains.
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