Would you like to learn some interesting facts about the history of the Brunei flag?
The flag was first adopted on the 29th of September 1959 as a British Protectorate but the Brunei government chose to retain the flag even after they had gained independence from the British in 1984.
Before 1906 the flag of Brunei was a plain yellow banner. However from that year until 1959 the flag was yellow but had added the black and white diagonal stripes.
The flag as it is now came into use and was adopted in 1959. By this time the coat of arms had been added.
The emblem has a crescent symbolic of Islam, which is closed by a parasol and on the crescent in red is Darussalum Brunei which means "Brunei abode of peace" and on the ribbon below the crest is the motto "Always in service with Godís guidance". Not a bad motto for all of us, Muslim or not.
We have seen this motto interpreted as the famous Muslim statement of belief "There is no deity but God and Muhammad is the messenger of God." Not being able to read Arabic I am not sure what the motto truly reads. But we are still researching that and looking for the exact translation of that quote.
Brunei is a small nation on the northern coast of the island of Borneo. It took awhile to uncover the meaning of the upturned hands on the flag. They are said to represent the benevolence of the government towards its citizens.