One of the most amazing countries in Brunei (the full name of the Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam) rests comfortably on the shore of the South China Sea on the northern coast of the island of Borneo (Southeast Asia). Brunei is one of the most interesting and inaccessible countries – tourists here are accepted with great reluctance. This small, proud and isolated land hides in itself unusual and unfamiliar traditions.
Brunei is a monarchical country whose strict Muslim views are surprisingly combined with a unique Malay culture. In principle, the whole life of Brunei people revolves around Islam, this is a world living according to the strict laws of the Sharia.
In Brunei there is even a Ministry of Religious Affairs, whose employees strictly follow the observance of all Muslim norms and rules. The laws of the Sharia in this country completely govern the life of Brunei, both public and personal.
In Brunei, one of the highest standards of living standards. There are no taxes, every representative of the Sultanate has the right to free medical care and free education. After reaching the age of majority, a young citizen of Brunei receives as a gift from the Sultan (the ruler of the country) a plot of land, and the girl – the means to build a future house.
In Brunei there is a strict ban on pre-marital relations, for violation of which severe punishment is provided. All sexual contacts and even allusions to them between Muslims and representatives of other religions are forbidden. Violators of these rules can even be evicted from the country. In Brunei all is strict and chaste.
The widespread belief that a girl is given in marriage without her consent has some reservations. In Brunei, a young bride may be married at the will of her father or grandfather, but with one condition – the future bridegroom must be equal to her in descent. One exception is very curious: if the future Brunei husband has a good education, this rule of equality in his origin does not apply to the choice of the bride.
The family in Brunei is a small state, led by a husband. He is responsible for the welfare of his wife and other family members, in the first place. According to the Brunei law, it is forbidden to support the family with the profits received from bribes, giving money at interest. The duties of a husband in a Brunei family can be divided conditionally into:
The very first fulfillment of this obligation is the presentation of the future wife of the mahr (a marriage gift). It can be jewelry, money, clothing, real estate, etc. The size of the mahr must correspond to the financial possibilities of the groom himself.
After the ceremony of marriage, absolutely all expenses related to the provision of the wife fall on the shoulders of the spouse. In case the husband shows signs of stinginess, the wife has the full right to dispose of the finances without his consent.
Responsibilities in the spiritual plan means a condescending and understanding attitude to the wife, creating all the necessary conditions for her spiritual and mental development. If a Brunei husband wants to discourage any of his wife’s desires, he must do so by convincing and explaining, but in no case infringe on her rights, especially when striking or injuring her.
According to the rules of Brunei, a husband can have up to four wives, but on the condition that each of them he is guaranteed to pay due attention in all aspects of life: from matrimonial duties to financial support. All means are evenly divided between wives, and it is considered a violation if a wife gives her husband more preferences.
According to the customs of Brunei after the marriage, the wife moves to her husband’s house. From now on, her main responsibilities are business affairs, caring for her husband and raising children. In Brunei families, the wife is considered a full partner and partner of her husband, but she is obliged to obey and obey unquestioningly.
A wife can leave the house without her husband’s permission to visit her parents.If desired, a Brunei married woman can continue to study, visit mosques and work, but on the condition that this work will not be physically difficult. According to the laws of Brunei, the wife has quite a lot of rights in comparison with other Muslim families. Brunei married woman has in the family:
• Good attitude and indulgence.
• Respect from the spouse.
• Helping her husband in all household matters.
• Non-disclosure of all their secrets by the spouse.
Brunei is a country with very strict Islamic traditions, but with regard to married women, the laws differ in some kind of liberalism. Most of the Brunei wives work, they can drive cars, engage in public life, can freely wear European clothes and even serve in the police.
Residents of Brunei piously honor the traditions of their ancestors. From the very early years, young Brunei people are taught love for their country, they are taught to thrift (one Brunei instructive tale about the Golden Mountain, which is told to children in each family) is known. Traditionally, the education of Brunei babes is done by women.
This Islamic country gives a lot to its citizens. In addition to free medicine, every Brunei has the right to free education in a higher education institution of any country in the world. Children in the Brunei family, as a rule, a lot. They are brought up in the strict traditions of Islam, from the very birth, introducing the children to Islamic culture and the basics of Sharia.
Under the laws of this country to get a divorce for a man is not difficult – it is enough just to declare his desire to his wife. But even after a divorce, the husband must support his ex-wife and has no right to drive her out of her house. It is quite difficult to get a divorce for a woman in Brunei. She can independently divorce her husband only if there are some reasons:
• If the spouse is unable to support her.
• In the case of a long absence of the husband at home, provided that this leads to the deprivation of the habitual financial position of the woman.
• Having a mental or physical illness of the spouse.
Under the laws of Brunei, children after divorce remain together with their mother until they reach the age of seven. After this, young Brunei people can choose which parent they should live next. But in any case, the duty to materially maintain them completely falls on the shoulders of the father.
Shariat negatively refers to adoption or adoption, but allows for certain conditions under which a Brunei’s wife can raise his children from a second wife. But the mother is forever the only woman who gave birth to them.
Brunei is a fabulous place with amazing, unusual customs and views on life. And one of the few countries, the natives of which are almost impossible to meet in other states. They do not leave Brunei, they live there. This country of untouched customs and its inimitable culture.