Muslim Thai in Thailand

The Muslim Thai have only been reported in Thailand
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Introduction / History

The Muslim Thai people throughout the majority of Thailand originally came from the Bengal region of India and China’s Yunnan Province. Many intermarried into the Thai community. They consider themselves to be Thai first in non-religious matters, speak Thai and generally consider themselves part of their Thai communities. Historically and currently Siamese/Thai rulers were considered royal patrons of all religions; this practice of equal favor for all faiths has contributed to stability in Thailand and has benefited Muslim Thai. A Thai monarch commissioned the translation of the Koran into Thai in 1964.
Muslim Thai speak a Thai language, but they are Muslims like their Malay neighbors to the south. The Muslim Thai people in should not be confused with the Muslim Pattani Malay who live mainly in the southernmost three provinces of Thailand.


What Are Their Lives Like?

There are mosques in most Provinces of Thailand, though Muslim communities in many provinces are very small. The Muslim community in Bangkok is growing, and in the last 15 years has moved toward more strict observance of Islamic practices, such as fasting during Ramadan, wearing the hijab head covering, and Islamic education.
A minority in a Buddhist society, Muslim Thai look to their mosque communities to maintain their Muslim identity. Muslim Thai are in all economic strata of Thailand; many are good businesspeople. The Muslim Thai value education for women. Young people have a fair amount of freedom in choosing careers and spouses. Love is considered important in marriage. Many Muslim Thai children attend public school as well as Islamic madrasas; they give preference to an Islamic education. Mealtimes are often long because of a value for spending time with family, friends and neighbors.


What Are Their Beliefs?

There is concern about materialism damaging the community's values. Muslim Thai have traditionally been more nominal in the practice of their faith, but they are now becoming more aware of Islam and deliberate about practicing it and are doing away with some Thai practices such as praying to ancestors.


What Are Their Needs?

Without a single Christ follower, the Muslim Thai people need to hear the glory of the Lord from someone outside their community. They need the courage to step forward and consider the ways of Jesus no matter what their community does.


Prayer Points

Pray for culturally sensitive workers to take Jesus to the Muslim Thai people in such a way that they realize that they can embrace him without jeopardizing their culture.
Ask God to open the hearts of the Muslim Thai to make them receptive to the gospel.
Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Muslim Thai.


Scripture Prayers for the Thai Islam in Thailand.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Thai Islam
People Name in Country Thai Islam
Natural Name Muslim Thai
Pronunciation tye
Alternate Names
Population this Country 1,368,000
Population all Countries 1,368,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 27
People ID 19767
ROP3 Code 115591
ROP25 Code 308102
ROP25 Name Thai
Country Thailand
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Central, centered in Bangkok. Khorat dialect: Ratchasima.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Thailand
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Central, centered in Bangkok. Khorat dialect: Ratchasima..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Map of Thai Islam in Thailand Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Thai
Language Code tha   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Thai, Southern
Primary Language Thai
Language Code tha   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Thai, Southern
People Groups Speaking Thai

Primary Language:  Thai

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1834-1967)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1843-1977)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1883-2020)
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Photo Source Tarik Abdel-Monem - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group location: SIL / Mosque location research. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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