The Pattani Malay are the descendants of Malaysian Muslims. Their Islamic faith has given the Pattani a distinct identity in Buddhist Thailand. They live in a place that is like a cultural ecotone between the Muslim Malay cultures to the south and the Buddhist Thai cultures to the north.
Most Pattani Malays are self-employed either as farmers or fishermen.
Over the years, their unique Muslim culture has led to many separatist movements against the Thai government. Because the Pattani Province is located a great distance from the center of the Thai government, the Pattani have developed a feeling of uniqueness and independence. Each time the government tries to centralize control in Pattani Province, the Pattani Malay feel like their independence is threatened. This has resulted in a resentment towards the government, sometimes leading to violent conflict.
Pattani Malay are devout Muslims.
There are churches in Thailand that can potentially reach the Pattani Malay people with church planting efforts. OneHope tries to get Scriptures to children in all parts of Thailand, including Pattani Province.
Islam teaches that one is saved through obeying the law. There is no room for a holy savior in Islam. Often Muslims hear negative things about Christian theology before they have a chance to hear from a follower of Christ.
Pray for God's peace in southern Thailand.
Pray that the Holy Spirit will reveal Christ to Pattani Malay leaders.
Pray that they will soon accept the blessings of Christ for their families.
Pray that God the Son, Jesus Christ, will come to Pattani Malay leaders in dreams.
Ask the Lord to raise up persons of peace among the Pattani Malay who will receive the gospel and pass it to many others.
Scripture Prayers for the Malay, Pattani in Thailand.
Malay profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2007-06-24|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2012-06-02|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2012-07-02|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2014-06-13|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2019-06-18|
|Malay profile for Children and Family Missions Activities|
|People Name General||Malay, Pattani|
|People Name in Country||Malay, Pattani|
|Natural Name||Pattani Malay|
|Population this Country||1,568,000|
|Population all Countries||1,568,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||31|
|Alternate Names||Malay Thai; Pattani Malay; Thai Islam|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||North, Songkhla province: Chana region, south through Pattani, Narathiwat, Yala, Saiburi, and Tak Bai. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Malay, Pattani (1,568,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||mfa Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Malay, Pattani
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1981)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Film / Video||Ali-Pattani Malay||Create International|
|Film / Video||He Called Me Son||Create International|
|Film / Video||He Called Me Son (EngSub)||Create International|
|Film / Video||Indigitube.tv Video / Animation||Create International|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Malay, Pattani||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||My Last Day video, anime||Jesus Film Project|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.01 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|