Muslim Thai in Thailand

The Thai Islam have only been reported in Thailand
Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Muslim Thai people throughout the majority of Thailand originally came from the Bengal region of India, the Yunnan region of China, Pakistan, Arabia and Malaysia, and now from even more diverse places. 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 Q’uran into Thai in 1964.

Where Are they Located?

The Muslim Thai people in most of Thailand should not be confused with the Muslim Pattani Malay who live mainly in the southernmost three provinces of Thailand; Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat. The Pattani Malay are ethnically Malay, have lived in the region from between 1350 and 1450 and were part of the Pattani kingdom. They have been involved in armed separatist insurgency against the Thai government since 1948.

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.

What Are Their Lives Like?

A minority in a Buddhist society, Muslim Thai look to their mosque communities to maintain their Muslim identity. Muslims can be found in all economic strata of Thailand; many are considered to be good business people. Education for women is considered important by Muslim Thai. 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: Islamic education is considered superior. Meal times 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.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Thai Islam in Thailand.

Profile Source:   Mark Reichel  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-06-19
People Name General Thai Islam
People Name in Country Thai Islam
Natural Name Muslim Thai
Pronunciation tie
Population this Country 1,331,000
Population all Countries 1,331,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 27
Alternate Names
People ID 19767
ROP3 Code 115591
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 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)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (Faith Comes By Hearing)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Come to Me
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Thai
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
General Got Questions Ministry
General Walk with the Prophets and meet the Messiah
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
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 Mark Reichel  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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