Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram
|Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram|
|Born||28 August 1966|
Jolo, Sulu, Philippines
|Regnal name claimed||Paduka Mahasari Al-Maulana Ampun Sultan Hadji Muedzul-Lail Tan Kiram ibni Almarhum Sultan Mohammad Mahakuttah Abdulla Kiram|
|Title(s)||Sultan of Sulu|
|Throne(s) claimed||Royal Sultanate of Sulu|
|Pretend from||16 February 1986 – present|
|Royal House||Royal House of Kiram|
|Father||Mohammed Mahakuttah Abdullah Kiram|
|Mother||Pangyan Farida Tan Kiram|
|Spouse||Mellany S. Kiram|
|Predecessor||Mohammed Mahakuttah Abdullah Kiram|
|Political sovereignty rights over Sulu were transferred in 1851; Sovereignty rights over North Borneo were transferred by Sulu Sultanate heirs in 1962; The abolition of the Royal Sultanate of Sulu in 1936 did not abolish the Sultanate nor his line of succession. In 1962, Philippine Government again officially recognised the continued existence of the Royal Sultanate of Sulu.|
Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram (born 28 August 1966) is the head of the Royal House of Sulu, a position which he has held since 16 February 1986. As the eldest son of the former Sultan Mohammad Mahakuttah Abdulla Kiram (who reigned 1974–1986), he is the legitimate heir claimant to the throne of the Sultanate of Sulu. He is a pretender to the throne as the 35th Sultan of Sulu.
Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram was born on 28 August 1966 on the island of Jolo in present-day Philippines, the eldest son of Mohammad Mahakuttah Abdulla Kiram, 34th Sultan of Sulu and North Borneo and his first wife Dayang-Dayang Farida Tan-Kiram.
Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram studied at Universidad de Zamboanga in Zamboanga City where he got his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. Between 1995 and 1996, he continued his higher studies in Islam in Lahore, Pakistan. As of 2016, he lives on the island of Jolo. Currently, he is also involved as a local civic leader on the island and Sulu in general, regularly meeting with the local population.
He is married to Ampun Dayang Babai Mellany S. Kiram and has seven children:
- 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
- Datu Dr Cheong Ming Lam (married to Dayang Dayang Yoke Ching Looi)
Datu Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram was crowned as Raja Muda (Crown Prince) of Sulu on 24 May 1974 beside his father in Sulu, under Memorandum Order No. 427, which was issued by President Ferdinand Marcos, President of Philippines. The ceremony was held in Jolo, Sulu. Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram is the last recognised Raja Muda (Crown Prince) by the Philippine government. When his father died in 1986, Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram could not take the crown because of his age, which led to relatives trying to claim the crown for themselves.
Raja Muda Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram was crowned Sultan in a coronation event on the island of Jolo on 16 September 2012.
The Royal and Hashemite Order of the Pearl
Titles, styles, honours and awards
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Titles and styles
- 28 August 1966 – 24 May 1974: His Highness Datu Muedzul-Lail Tan Kiram ibni Raja Muda Datu Mohammad Mahakuttah Abdulla Kiram
- 24 May 1974 – 16 February 1986: His Royal Highness Mahamulliya Raja Muda Datu Muedzul-Lail Tan Kiram ibni Sultan Mohammad Mahakuttah Abdulla Kiram, The Raja Muda of Sulu and North Borneo
- 16 February 1986 – 16 September 2012: His Royal Highness Mahamulliya Ampun Datu Muedzul-Lail Tan Kiram ibni Almarhum Sultan Mohammad Mahakuttah Abdulla Kiram, Sultan of Sulu and North Borneo
- 16 September 2012 – Present: His Royal Majesty Paduka Mahasari Al-Maulana Ampun Sultan Hadji Muedzul-Lail Tan Kiram ibni Almarhum Sultan Mohammad Mahakuttah Abdulla Kiram, The 35th Sultan of Sulu and North Borneo
Honours and awards
Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram has received honours from a number of Royal Houses and other awards:
- Grand Cross, Order of the Eagle of Georgia and the Seamless Tunic of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Georgia)
- Grand Cordon, Imperial Order of the Dragon of Annam (Vietnam)
- Grand Cordon, Order of the Ethiopian Lion
- Royal Order of the Engabu (Kingdom of Bunyoro-Kitara - Uganda)
- Honorary Cross, Royal and merciful Society of Belgium
- US President's Lifetime Achievement Award
- Order of Primus inter Pares by the Scientific Consortium of Moscow State University
- Honorary Professor of Leadership from the Central American Institute of Asia Pacific Studies
- Accademico d'Onore Classe Speciale - Real Academia Sancti Ambrosii Martyris Italia
2013 Lahad Datu standoff
Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram is the grandson of Sultan Mohammed Esmail Kiram (1950–1973) while Sultan Muwallil Wasit II (1936) was his great grandfather and Sultan Jamalul Kiram II (1893–1936) was his great granduncle. He is a direct male descendant and the legitimate heir to throne of the Sultanate of Sulu.
|Ancestors of Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram|
Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram's patriline is the line from which he is descended father to son.
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Muedzul Lail Tan KiramBorn: 28 August 1966
|Titles in pretence|
Mohammed Mahakuttah Abdullah Kiram
|— TITULAR —
Sultan of Sulu
16 February 1986 –
Maharaja Adinda Moh. Ehsn S. Kiram