The Malay Islamic Monarchy incorporates the national philosophy of Brunei Darussalam. It represents Brunei Darussalam as a Malay nation according to the Islamic faith with a king, who is the the sultan and supreme ruler of the nation.
This definition when examined still appears to emphasise the nature and pattern of Brunei as a nation. Only the first sentence (can be called the preamble) indicates that the Malay Islamic Monarchy is the national philosophy of Brunei Darussalam.
Viewed from the terms emphasising the pattern and nature of Brunei as a nation that is based on certain provisions from the 1959 State of Brunei Constitution (Perlembagaan Negeri Brunei 1959), regarding the religion and the Sultan’s rule are the highest authority and the State Law 1961 (Undang-Undang Taraf Kebangsaan 1961) regarding Brunei citizenship.
Meanwhile, emphasising that the Malay Islamic Monarchy is the national philosophy it is believed to be based on the spirit of the constitution contained in the documents of the 1959 Constitution of State of Brunei itself, the National Standards Law in 1961 and the Proclamation of Succession. The three documents are the instruments that define the nature and the pattern of Brunei as the Islamic Malay nation of Monarchical government. Certainly the spirit in them contains elements of the Malays, Islamic religion and sultanate that underlie the philosophy in the (everyday life) of Brunei’s community, nation and state.
Referring to the spirit of the constitution and related documents that is to say, the National Supreme Council of the Malay Islamic Monarchy approved the description that the Malay Islamic Monarchy as follows:
The Malay Islamic Monarchy holds three essential elements or the integral component that certify:
MALAY : The rights of the Malays that consist of seven dynamic and dominant indigenous groups of Malay securing the life of monarchical government, family, society, nation and state.
ISLAM : The official religion of the nation is in accordance to the belief of Ahli Sunnah Waljamaah of Shafi’e sect that is practised as a complete, perfect and ideal way of life.
MONARCHY : The monarchical government, with the Sultan as leader and patron of the people, who holds the trust from Allah in the exercise of supreme authority to rule the nation.