WELCOME GREETINGS FROM
HIS MAJESTY SULTAN MUHAMMAD FUAD ABDULLA KIRAM I,
THE SULTAN OF SULU & THE SULTAN OF SABAH
HM Sultan Muhammad Fuad Abdulla Kiram I
The 35th Sultan of Sulu & The Sultan of Sabah,
SROHS, SROS, SRSS, SRK, SRM
HISTORIC MEETING OF HM SULTAN FUAD I AND HM SULTAN HASSANAL BOLKIAH WITH PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO
Malacañang Palace, Manila, 30 January 2009. - - HM Sultan Muhammad Fuad Abdulla Kiram I, The Sultan of Sulu & The Sultan of Sabah, shakes hand with HM Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan of Brunei, while on the left, Pres. Gloria M. Arroyo looks on, and on the right are HM Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha and HRH Pengiran Isteri Azrinaz Mazhar, and Philippine First Gentleman Atty. Jose Miguel Arroyo.
"Best wishes and welcome to the official website of the Royal Hashemite Sultanate of Sulu and the Royal Hashemite Sultanate of Sabah. Our Royal Family with our four sons and two daughters namely HRH Prince Ezzarhaddon A. Kiram -- Crown Prince of Sabah (Prince of Kota Kinabalu), HRH Prince Al-Mezzheer A. Kiram -- Crown Prince of Sulu (Prince of Jolo), HRH Prince Fuad A. Kiram -- Prince of Sandakan, HRH Prince Mohammad Ismail A. Kiram -- Prince of Maimbung, with HRH Princess Leila Mae Kiram and HRH Princess Maryam Jaya Kiram, offer you also their warm greetings."
Law of Succession of the Royal Hashemite Sultanate of Sulu & Sabah
The Law of Succession states, whether in Sulu and Sabah, in Royal Sultanate of Brunei, Malaysian sultanates and in European kingdoms including Saudi Arabia, and Islamic sultanates in the Middle East, that the son of the Sultan (King) must become Sultan and, in this case, in the Royal House of Sulu & Sabah, only the sons or male heirs of HM Sultan Muhammad Esmail E. Kiram I must ascend the throne as Sultan. NO ONE ELSE.
Any one claiming to be sultan but not the son or male heir of HM Sultan Muhammad Esmail E. Kiram I is an impostor and a fake sultan.
The Law also states that the most capable and most suitable among the male heirs of HM Sultan Muhammad Esmail E. Kiram I, and as proclaimed and recognized by the Royal Datus and the Sharifs, shall be the current Reigning Sultan. We, HM Sultan Muhammad Fuad Abdulla Kiram I, fulfilled totally the Law of Succession and we are the current 35th Reigning Sultan.
This Law rejects the claims of Jamalul, Ismail and Aghbimuddin including Rodinood and Kudar Julaspi and other usurpers and fake sultans like them. With this Law, those claimants who are not heirs of our father HM Sultan Muhammad Esmail E. Kiram I are impostors, bogus and fake sultans.
We have fulfilled the Law of Succession of the Royal House of Sulu and Sabah (the Royal House of Kiram) when we were crowned on 3rd June 2006, as the 35th Reigning Sultan of Sulu and Sabah . There are three (3) sacred and vital provisions of this Law of Succession, i.e.:
1) That the most capable and most suitable among the male heirs and direct descendants (sons or grandsons) of HM Sultan Muhammad Esmail E. Kiram I (Sultan of Sulu & Sabah 1947 to 1973) must ascend the throne. To be the Sultan is by Royal blood and birth only, and not made by a group, family or a government, and;
2) That the Proclamation of the Royal Datus and the Sharifs (descendants of Prophet Mohammed) of the Royal Sultanate of Sulu and Sabah must be secured as to who is the Sultan among the male heirs and direct descendants of HM Sultan Muhammad Esmail E. Kiram I only (as members of the Royal Kiram Sultans blood line of succession), and;
3) That the successor must have at least five (5) ancestors who were consecutive Sultans of Sulu and Sabah.
Proclaimed by the Royal Datus, the Sharifs & the MNLF
We were proclaimed the 35th Reigning Sultan by the Royal Datus and the Sharifs of Royal Sultanate of Sulu and Sabah and the Moro National Liberation (MNLF) the freedom fighter organization representing the people. We are the last surviving son of HM Sultan Muhammad Esmail E. Kiram I, our beloved departed father, who transferred the Sabah sovereignty from the Sultanate of Sulu to the Philippines in 1962 and signed the power of attorney to recover Sabah from Malaysia in 1969 to President Ferdinand E. Marcos in favor of the Republic of the Philippines, and our rights as lawful and legitimate landowners of Sabah remained intact and the same since 1658 up to this day.
Royal Kiram Sultans Great Ancestor
Our great forefather and ancestor HM Sultan Jamalul Kiram I (Sultan of Sulu and Sabah 1823 to 1844), who first used the surname Kiram was the first Kiram Sultan plus his son and grandchildren then our father together made seven (7) Kiram Sultans of Sulu and Sabah up to 1973, whereupon our late eldest brother HM Sultan Mahakuttah Abdulla Kiram became Sultan of Sulu and Sabah from 1974 to 1986.
Policy to Recover Sabah from Illegal Occupation of Malaysia
Our policy as Sabah landowners is to recover Sabah from the illegal occupation of Malaysia and to use the resources of Sabah with an annual gross domestic product of over US$30 billion to develop and assist our people in Sabah, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Basilan, Zamboanga and Palawan, to build schools, roads, drinking water supply systems, telecommunications, hospitals and medical health services, refuge for the orphans, widows, elderly, destitute and underprivileged.
Sad to say, these services and infrastructures are non-existent in the dominions of the Sultanate of Sulu.
We urge Malaysia to pay the correct amount of rent based on the current market value of Sabah and/ or agree to a “joint administration” of Sabah and split the income derived between the Sultanate of Sulu and Malaysia .
This offer of joint administration or joint venture is also offered to all the Royal Sultans of the Federation of Malaysia to be the joint venture partners of the Sultanate of Sulu to resolve the Sabah issues. If these two proposals are not acceptable then Malaysia must vacate Sabah and return Sabah to the Sultanate of Sulu.
Tausugs Seek Help of the United Nations & International Community to Protect Their Right as a Minority
Our grave concern and our beloved Tausug people now only numbering over 5 million scattered in Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Palawan, Zamboanga peninsula and Sabah, that the Muslim Tausug people being a minority group in 90 million Philippine Christian dominated population, and we fear our centuries old arts and culture, our Tausug language, identity and values as a people, now being eroded may be lost forever to the Tausug future generations.
The Tausugs are the Indigenous People of the Sultanate of Sulu & Sabah
We and our Tausug people seek protection of the United Nations and the international community to protect our rights as a minority group in the Philippines.
This plea of protection to the United Nations has a precedent when the League of Nations in 1921 granted protection to Aland Suomi people in Finland to protect their own identity, arts and culture, customs and traditions and the Aland’s language.
Aland Suomi Autonomy/ Protectorate in Finland
Aland islands as an autonomy/ protectorate state though part of Finland has its own parliament, administration and own government providing services to its people, flag, national anthem, police force, army, collects taxes, accepts aid and foreign direct investments, issues passports to its citizens with Suomi Aland and Finland symbols and names in equal sizes. Aland’s official language is Swedish while the rest of Finland is Finnish.
Aland is a member of the Nordic Council (regional grouping of Nordic nations) and can veto any international agreement that will affect Aland and its people. The Aland’s parliament had to ratify the decision of Finland to join the European Union before Finland joined the EU.
Aland is an example of autonomy/ protectorate that works well for the Alanders and guarantees their rights as a minority under the League of Nations in 1917 that became the United Nations.
We favor an Autonomy/ Protectorate Status patterned and similar to Aland Suomi of Finland in the Royal Sultanate of Sulu & Sabah that will enshrine a Parliamentary Monarchy with Members of Parliament elected by our people to pursue peace, harmony, stability and prosperity in our beloved Sultanate.
This Autonomy/ Protectorate Status can also be the template in all Royal Sultanates of Mindanao or Southern Philippines like Maguindanao, Buayan, and Lanao with Misamis and Bukidnon provinces that will respect the customs and traditions, languages, arts and cultures of the Muslim people. This will result in peace in Mindanao that evaded the Philippines for many, many years. This will also stop clandestine operations of many foreign nations in the internal affairs of Mindanao.
Please browse and share our pride in our customs and traditions, our system of government that started since 1405 and existing to this day. Also, please note that the Sultanate of Sulu & Sabah is an “Unconquered Kingdom” of warriors, brave and courageous, dedicated to the defense of their beloved kingdom, people and their customs and traditions that persisted for over 600 years.
We are in the service of the Royal Hashemite Sultanate of Sulu and the Royal Hashemite Sultanate of Sabah under the benevolent auspices of HM Sultan Muhammad Fuad Abdulla Kiram I, The Sultan of Sulu & The Sultan of Sabah, the 35th Sultan, Head of Islam and Head of Sultanate of Sulu & Sabah, after his late brother HM Sultan Mahakuttah Abdulla Kiram, 34th Sultan (Sultan of Sulu & Sabah 1974-1986), and his late father HM Sultan Muhammad E. Kiram I, 33rd Sultan (Sultan of Sulu & Sabah 1947-1973).
Our primary duty and concern are to present to the world the undeniable truth and facts about the Royal Sultanate of Sulu and Sabah . The Kingdom of Sulu was founded in 1405 but became the Sultanate of Sulu in 1457 while the Sultanate of Sabah, including Palawan, were annexed in 1658 as the gifts of the Sultan of Brunei to the Sultan of Sulu bestowing lawful ownership to the Sultan of Sulu and the Sultanate of Sulu to this day.
Royal House of Sulu & Sabah and Royal House of Brunei , One Family that Fought Invasion of Spain for Centuries
The Royal House of Sulu and Sabah and the Royal House of Brunei are related by blood as one family. From 1521 to 1690, the Sultans of Sulu and Sultans of Brunei fought jointly the invasion and conquest of Spain in their dominions in Muslim Philippines to claw back Muslim territories conquered by force by Spain leading to the Muslim people being displaced, dispossessed and ejected from their lands and properties in the Philippines, till the Muslims only occupy a very small portion of Mindanao to this modern day.
From the beginning, Rajah Lapu-Lapu or Kaliph Pulaka (a Muslim royal prince in the Visayas), killed Spain’s explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1521 on Mactan island near Cebu.
Rajah Suleiman (raja muda, crown prince of Brunei and son of the Brunei Sultan), Muslim royal ruler of Manila with his brave and courageous Bruneian and Tausug warriors, defended valiantly the Manila invasion of Don Miguel Lopez Dux de Legazpi on 3 June 1571 (first Spanish governor general) but Rajah/ Datu/ Pengiran Suleiman -- the son and crown prince of the Brunei Sultan was heavily wounded and the Manila Muslim capital of Luzon fell to the superior firepower and cannons of de Legazpi.
Whereupon de Legazpi built his fortress called "Intramoros" as he used the Muslim captives as slaves to build it that became Intramuros and so began the more than 300 years of Spanish conquest that was resisted by the Royal Sultanate of Sulu to the bitter end in 1898.
Sultans of Sulu & Sabah Fought Spain Alone from 1691 to 1898
From 1691 to 1898, the Sultans of Sulu with his brave and courageous Tausug warriors fought singularly the Spanish conquest and invasion in the Philippines till Spain lost to the U.S.A. in the Spanish American War in Cuba in 1898.
Spain did not Conquer, USA Two Massacres of Muslims in 1906 & 1913, Japan Failed to Conquer in World War II
The Royal Sultanate of Sulu is known to the world as the “Unconquered Kingdom” as it was never conquered by the Spaniards ever since they arrived in the Philippines in 1521 (up to their departure in 1898) and it defied the USA occupation from 1898 to 1946 that resulted in massacres of tens of thousands of Muslim Tausugs by the US Army in Bud Dajo 1906 carried out by the troops commanded by Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood called the Butcher of Bud Dajo and by the Exterminator of Bud Bagsak -- Brig. Gen. John J. Pershing who commanded the US Army killing of thousands of Muslim Tausugs that included helpless women and chilfdren. The USA as a new world power being unchecked carried out ruthless killing of countless Muslims that will live in infamy on its first major incursion in the Muslim world.
The Japanese also failed to conquer the Royal Sultanate as its first invasion force was killed one by one by the Tausugs during their march in Asia in World War II, till the Japanese Army withdrew ifs forces in Sulu and never returned, but they conquered the Philippines, as Sulu is a kingdom of warriors, all consecrated in the defense of their beloved kingdom and their beloved Sultan.
The Unconquered Kingdom Signed Treaties as Sovereign & Powerful State
The sovereign Kingdom of Sulu founded in 1405 was transformed into the Sultanate of Sulu in 1457 to this day. As proof of its sovereign status as a powerful Kingdom and Sultanate it signed treaties and was recognized by China in 1417, U.S.A. on 5th February 1842, France on 20th February 1845, U.S.A. again on 20th August 1899 entitled the Bates Treaty and also other treaties with Portugal, Great Britain and Spain.
The Americans occupied the Sultanate with disastrous consequences as a result of the 1898 Treaty of Paris as enumerated below:
Spain Fraudulently Included the Sultanate of Sulu & Sabah in the 1898 Treaty of Paris
Spain unlawfully included the Sultanate of Sulu as part of the Philippines when Spain signed the 1898 Treaty of Paris, that was a treaty of surrender by Spain to the U.S.A., as Spain lost the Spanish American War in Cuba in 1898. Spain ceded/ sold its possessions of Cuba, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Philippines . Spain did not conquer and did not own the Sultanate of Sulu unlike the Philippines, so Spain had no right to sell it to the U.S.A.
The Americans, misled by Spain and worried on the inclusion of the Sultanate of Sulu & Sabah in the 1898 Treaty of Paris, compelled HM Sultan Haji Mohammad Jamalul Kiram II (Sultan 1893-1936, brother of the grandfather of Sultan Fuad I), to sign the Bates Treaty on 20th August 1899. The Bates Treaty was proof absolute that the 1898 Treaty of Paris was unlawful and questionable in relation to the Article ceding the Sultanate to the U.S.A.
The 1899 Bates Treaty Guaranteed Sovereignty & Protection of the Sultanate of Sulu & Sabah by the Americans
The 20 August 1899 Bates Treaty stipulated the guaranteed and continued sovereignty and enshrined the Sultanate of Sulu & Sabah as a United States Protectorate.
However, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt singularly abrogated and terminated the 1899 Bates Treaty on 2nd March 1904, without informing and without the consent of the Sultan of Sulu & Sabah, making the said termination of the U.S.A. null and void and not valid because, as per Law of Treaties and based on International Law, no one party can terminate a treaty without the knowledge and consent of the other party.
Therefore, based on the Law of Treaties under International Law, the 20th August 1899 Bates Treaty signed by the U.S.A. will show and point to the truth that the Hashemite Sultanate of Sulu & Sabah is still a sovereign state and a United States Protectorate today.
But Sultan Fuad I and the Royal Cabinet favor an Autonomy/ Protectorate Status similar to Aland Suomi Islands of Finland.
Sultan Fuad I respects the actual view of the international community of nations and the Philippine government that the sovereignty of Sulu archipelago and Sabah is vested to the Republic of the Philippines (without consent by the people of the Sultanate). However, due to historical facts and aforementioned legal evidence, he does not agree with this view and he and his committed supporters work for the full restoration of sovereignty of the Sultanate of Sulu & Sabah by peaceful means.
Sovereignty, as we see it, can be achieved by the Royal Sultanate of Sulu & Sabah having an Autonomy/ Protectorate Status like Aland Suomi of Finland.
Malaysia Illegally Occupied Sabah From 1963 to This Day & Our Policy to Recover Sabah
Sabah and the island of Palawan were gifts by the Sultan of Brunei to the Sultan of Sulu in 1658 that became the properties of the Sultan of Sulu and the Sultanate of Sulu in 1658 to this day. Sabah was illegally and unlawfully occupied by Malaysia since 1963 without the consent of the lawful owners namely the Sultan of Sulu and the good people of the Sultanate of Sulu.
It is the stated policy of the Royal Hashemite Sultanate of Sulu and its beloved people and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) a Permanent Observer Member of the OIC to recover Sabah from the illegal occupation of Malaysia.
Fake Sultans & Impostors
Since the death of the 34th Sultan, HM Sultan Mahakuttah Abdulla Kiram in 1986, many impostors and fake sultans of Sulu and Sabah without rights installed themselves “sultans” because of greed and personal vested interests. These fake sultans want to make money out of the Sabah issue and to claim the deposited assets of the late Sultan of Sulu and Sabah in foreign banks.
We are duty-bound to expose these fake sultans to right the wrong, as these impostors are not related to the Royal Kiram blood line of succession of the Royal House of Sulu and Sabah and/ or the Royal Kiram Sultans, as they are not the male heirs and direct descendants of and are not lawful successors to the late HM Sultan Muhammad Esmail E. Kiram I (33rd Sultan of Sulu and Sabah 1947 to 1973) and they are never proclaimed as Sultan by the Royal Datus and the Sharifs of Sulu and Sabah.
To be the Sultan of the Sultanate of Sulu and Sabah, the successor must belong to the Royal Kiram blood line of succession as male heir and direct descendant of the late HM Sultan Muhammad Esmail E. Kiram I, and that the Proclamation of the Royal Datus and the Sharifs of Sulu and Sabah as “Sultan” must be fulfilled and secured. As a vital part of the Law of Succession of the Royal House of Sulu and Sabah that the successor must have at least five (5) ancestors who were consecutive Sultans of Sulu and Sabah.
HM Sultan Muhammad Fuad Abdulla Kiram I, the True & Legitimate Sultan
Only HM Sultan Muhammad Fuad Abdulla Kiram I, the 35th Sultan, fulfilled these three (3) sacred, vital and necessary requirements of the Royal Law of Succession of the Kingly Family of Sulu and Sabah.
In 2008, the Sultanate of Sulu is 603 years old. And for 185 years, the Sultan of Sulu and Sabah since 1823, was a direct heir of the Kiram Royal Sultans from the time HM Sultan Jamalul Kiram I ascended to the throne of Sulu and Sabah (he was the great ancestor of HM Sultan Muhammad Fuad Abdulla Kiram I and the primogenitor of the unbroken lineage of the Royal Kiram Family of the Royal House of Sulu and Sabah that exists to this day).
Official Policy: Reject Terrorism & Peaceful Co-Existence
The Vision and Official Policy of HM Sultan Muhammad Fuad Abdulla Kiram I wherein all activities of the Sultanate of Sulu and Sabah are based: “We Reject Terrorism and Pursue Peaceful Co-Existence with others through Peace, Unity, Harmony, and Stability in the Sultanate, the Philippines and other parts of the world.”
This website will help clear the many misconceptions and problems created by the stolen sovereignty of and the arbitrary annexation without people’s consent of the Sultanate of Sulu & Sabah, by the many impostors and fake sultans, and the illegal occupation of Sabah by Malaysia. Please browse through all the information presented and do not forget to inform your family members and friends to visit us also.