Brunei Darussalam is a unique political entity in South-East Asia. It obviously maintains the structure and form of a traditional political system. It claims affinity to and origin in Islam, Malayness, and royalty. The sultan has been leader and ruler for the country and for the Muslims. In Brunei the ruler is also the head of Islam. The official version of religious practices is derived from the Shafi’ite school, even though adoption of other opinions is permitted especially if public welfare requires such an undertaking.