ARTICLE III. DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES AND STATE POLICIESBASIC PRINCIPLESSection. 1. There shall be at least (7) Basic Principles of Governance under the ModernConstitutional Sultaniyyah System of the Sultanate of Sulu Darul Islam (SSDI) with a Federal ± Parliamentary Type of government, as follows:a)
Absolute Sovereignty resides in the Almighty God and in Him alone, who is worthy of worship and allegiance. b)
Stewardship (Khilafat) and Public Trust (Amanah) reside in the People (Ummah, or Bangsa, Raayat, Katawhan or Mamamayan), who shall serve their fellowmen for their own general welfare and happiness and to seek the pleasure of the Almighty.c)
The Governance or Authority, the Sultan of the People, primus interpares, serves asVicegerent and representative of the µImam-Caliph¶ of the Universal Khilafat; Stewarshipand Public Trust; to carry out and implement the principles of state governance inaccordance with the universal laws of the Absolute Sovereign and consensus of therightly guided republicanism.d)
The territory or state belongs to the Almighty Creator, but the Right to exploit itsresources, which are God¶s bounties to all His creatures, may be justly and equitablyauthorized or granted to the Raayat (Masses of People) by the Sultan or his dulyconstituted authority and rightly guided representatives (sulta, datu, raja or maharaja, panondiongan, cabugatan, cali, panglima, bendahara, laksamana, nakib, wakil, imam,mufti, hyaji, and similar others) through due moral and legal processes in the StateParliament.e)
The µImam-Caliph¶ representative, the Sultan (Datu or Raja) being the highest authorityof the People and through consensus with the masses, eliminates all forms of Fitnah(slander) oppression and tyranny at every level of governance, which must be accountedfor in accordance with the People¶s tradition (Tartib, Ijma, Adat, local customs) andIslamic norms, values and existing legal system for gross violation in the justice system.f)
The Ummah or Bangsa (Citizenry/Nation) must resist all forms of Jahiliyyah(lawlessness, immorality, ignorance, graft and corruption that can lead to poverty in allramifications) in order to protect and safeguard the general welfare of the masses, whichmust be sanctioned by the people¶s tradition (Tartib, Ijma. Adat, local customs) andIslamic norms, values and existing legal system for open transgression in the justicesystem.g)
There must be regular consultation (Mesuarah) among the People (Ummah, Bangsa,Raayat, Katawhan, Mamamayan) in all matters and at all levels of governance, for therightly guided republicanism and mass democracy to prevail over the Sultan¶sobscurantism and absolutism, who can be deposed by consensus act of the rightly guidedsteward members of the State Parliament and the Sultanate of Sulu Darul Islam, in theappointment of appointive government officials, rules of leadership and succession, andthe conduct of election for elective National, State, and District officials in the NationalParliament.