Johor princess' fiance religiously prepares for royal wedding

Johor princess Tunku Tun Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Sultan Ibrahim (left) and Dutchman Dennis Muhammad Abdullah (right) posing for a pre-wedding photograph at the Istana Bukit Serene in Johor Baru.

JOHOR BARU - The Johor princess' future husband Dennis Muhammad Abdullah has undergone an intensive and systematic Islamic study module to learn the faith, says former Johor state secretary Datuk Ismail Karim.

Ismail said that Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar has express­ed his satisfaction over his future son-in-law's achievement in studying the religion.

"Dennis has been given guidance and taught the Islamic faith by a group of ustaz from the Johor Islamic Religious Department since March last year," he said in a statement here on Tuesday.

Dennis, who was born as Dennis Verbaas on May 1, 1989, in Lisse, a town near Amsterdam in Holland, embraced Islam on May 31, 2015.

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  • The pair, seen in casual wear, with the princess clad in a floral red and white dress and her beau in a collared purple shirt.
  • The couple wearing matching grey traditional Malay baju kurung.
  • Johor Princess Tunku Tun Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Sultan Ibrahim will marry Dennis Muhammad Abdullah on Aug 14.
  • Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar and Permaisuri Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah have consented and given their blessings to the wedding.
  • Tunku Aminah has studied in LaSalle College’s International School of Fashion, Arts and Design.
  • She was bestowed with the title 'Tun' by Sultan Ibrahim in 2012.
  • She is the patron for Johor Bahru International Festival City and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Johor Bahru.
  • Tunku Aminah, who was born on April 8, 1986, at Hospital Sultanah Aminah here is second of six siblings and the only daughter to Sultan Ibrahim and Raja Zarith.
  • Her soon-to-be husband was born as Dennis Verbaas on May 1, 1989, in Lisse, a town near Amsterdam, Holland.
  • He embraced Islam on 31 May 2015, and changed his name to Dennis Muhammad Abdullah.
  • Dennis was a semi-professional footballer and served as the JDT Concept Store and Cafe manager before becoming the marketing manager of Tampines Rovers Football Club in Singapore.

Ismail and his wife Datin Zawiah Mohamed were appointed to be Dennis' adoptive parents since February last year after receiving blessings from Sultan Ibrahim and Johor Permaisuri Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah.

"A special module was outlined and with the guidance from the ustaz team, he was given a complete education on the faith.

"This included Quran studies, fardu ain (obligatory knowledge and practices for each Muslim), Bahasa Malaysia as well as the palace protocol and ethics, Jawi writing and explanation on the Johor state government structure," he said.

He also said that a full report on Dennis' learnings were submitted to Sultan Ibrahim on July 5 and the ruler had expressed his satisfaction on the matter.

Ismail also said that Dennis was coping well with Islamic studies and in just three months, he could already memorise parts of the Quran, prayers and holy verses.

"He has never missed performing Friday prayers and completed the terawih prayer throughout the holy month of Ramadan," he added.

Dennis will be marrying Johor's only princess, Tunku Tun Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, on Aug 14 at Istana Bukit Serene here.