The 35th Legitimate Sultan of Sulu, HM Muedzul-Lail Tan Kiram Conferred as Royal Man of Asia

Unbeknownst to the rest of the world, most parts of Mindanao, Philippines have been a separate territory, which enabled it to develop its own culture and identity. The Royal Sultanate of Sulu was founded in 1457 by Malacca-born scholar Sayed-al-Hashim Abu Bakr. The Sultanate of Sulu was a mighty sea power and enjoyed full independence until, in a course of a bloody struggle, the Sultanate was forced to become a vassal realm of Spain in 1851. Later Sulu became a dependent of the USA and then of the Philippines; the Sultanate’s statehood and the Sultan’s sovereign prerogatives underwent further restrictions but never were abolished. In 1962 the Philippine Government officially confirmed the recognition of the continued existence of the Royal Sultanate of Sulu, with now the current Sultan, HM King Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram. the 35th legitimate Sultan of Sulu.

Sultan Kiram, who prioritizes the welfare of his people first before his own will be honored as the 2018 ROYAL MAN OF ASIA at the G.O.D. Asia in Kolkata, India this July 28-29, 2018. His Majesty is also expected to speak among the luminaries and esteemed guests who are the 3rd President of Croatia, Ivo Josipovic, 1st President of Republic of Kosovo, H.E. Dr. Fetmir Sejdiu, the 10th President of Bangladesh, H.E. Hussein Muhammad Ershad, the Royals of Cambodia, Ghana, India, Philippines and many more!

The Charity, We Care for Humanity (WCH) and the World Confluence of Humanity, Power and Spirituality (WCHPS) by Kanoria Foundation, in collaboration Sant Nirankari Mission (SNM) will host the first philanthropic event of this magnitude in the region. As per WCH tradition, the G.O.D. Awards seeks innovative ways for the world to fight the many nuances of injustice halting progression while honoring the philanthropic position. The G.O.D Asia Awards is WCH Founder HRH Princess Maria Amor’s vision of diversifying the humanitarian world.

“His Majesty Sultan Kiram is no ordinary royal, with all the challenges that Sulu is facing and the interventions of the false claimants to the throne, he remains vigilant in philanthropic works providing education to local children, promoting the economy of Sulu and rebuilding the Kingdom of Sulu.” – said the Chairman of G.O.D. Awards, Princess Maria Amor.

HM Sultan Muedzul-Lail Tan Kiram Biography

HM Ampun Sultan Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram is the eldest son and the heir of HM Ampun Sultan Mohammad Mahakuttah A. Kiram, 34th Sultan of Sulu and North Borneo (reigned 1974–1986) and the last Sultan officially recognized by the Philippine Government. He was born on the island of Jolo in present day Philippines on 28 August 1966 and is the eldest son of HM At the Sultan and his first wife Dayang-Dayang Farida Tan-Kiram. He became the head of the Royal House of Sulu on 16 February 1986. As the senior male heir of the last legally recognized Sultan, he is the legitimate heir to the throne of the Royal and Hashemite Sultanate of Sulu & North Borneo.

Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram studied at the Universidad de Zamboanga in Zamboanga City, where he received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. Between 1995 and 1996, he continued his higher studies in Islam in Lahore, Pakistan. As Head of the Sovereign Royal House of Sulu, he is involved as a local civic leader in Sulu, regularly meeting with the local population and government officials of the Phillippines.

Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram was crowned as Raja Muda (Crown Prince) of Sulu on 24 May 1974, beside his father under Memo Order 427, which was issued by President Ferdinand Marcos, President of the Philippines. Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram was the last recognized heir of the last recognized Sultan, and is now, by virtue of the laws of the Royal House, the legitimate Sultan of Sulu. Memo Order 427 states; “The Government has always recognised the Sultanate of Sulu as the legitimate claimant to the historical territories of the Republic of Philippines”. On 15 August 1974 Sultan Moh. Mahakuttah A. Kiram submitted the organisational structure of the Sultanate of Sulu to the President of Philippines. The above named structure stated that Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram was the Raja Muda and recognized heir of Sulu.

HM is married to Ampun Babai Mellany S Kiram and has seven children.

The Royal Family of Sulu:

Maharaja Adinda Moh. Ehsn S. Kiram
Datu Nizamuddin S. Kiram
Dayang-Dayang Rahela S. Kiram
Datu Jihad S. Kiram
Datu Mujahid S. Kiram
Dayang-Dayang Redha S. Kiram
Datu Mahakuttah S. Kiram

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