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The State Mufti of Brunei 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
Agency overview
Formed1 September 1994
HeadquartersBandar Seri Begawan
Employeesapproximately 1,000
Annual budgetBN$ 260 million
Agency executive
Parent agencyPrime Minister's Office
Child agency


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]


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 the Mufti of Brunei until his death. In 1994, Brunei-born Vice State Mufti Abdul Aziz Juned became the State Mufti of Brunei.[2]


  1. ^ Faiq Airudin (4 January 2014). "Syariah law critics do not understand Islam: Mufti". The Brunei Times. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Sejarah Penubuhan Jabatan Hal Ehwal Syariah" (in Malay). Brunei's Ministry of Religious Affairs. Retrieved 1 November 2014.