ISLAM and MUSLIMS IN THAILAND

      

General Information

Kingdom of Thailand

Land area: 197,595 sq mi (511,771 sq km); total area: 198,455 sq mi (514,000 sq km)

Population (2007 est.): 65,068,149 (growth rate: 0.7%); birth rate: 13.7/1000; infant mortality rate: 18.9/1000; life expectancy: 72.6; density per sq mi: 329

Capital and largest city (2000): Bangkok, 6,320,174 (city proper)

Other large cities: Nonthanburi, 304,700; Chiang Mai, 175,500

Monetary unit: baht

Languages: Thai (Siamese), English (secondary language of the elite), ethnic and regional dialects

Ethnicity/race: Thai 75%, Chinese 14%, other 11%

Religions: Buddhist 95%, Islam 5%, Christian 1% (2000)

Literacy rate: 96% (2003 est.)

Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2007 est.): $519.4 billion; per capita $7,900. Real growth rate: 4.8%. Inflation: 2.2%.

Thailand occupies the western half of the Indochinese peninsula and the northern two-thirds of the Malay Peninsula in southeast Asia. Its neighbors are Burma (Myanmar) on the north and west, Laos on the north and northeast, Cambodia on the east, and Malaysia on the south. Thailand is about the size of France.

The Thais first began settling their present homeland in the 6th century, and by the end of the 13th century ruled most of the western portion. During the next 400 years, they fought sporadically with the Cambodians to the east and the Burmese to the west. Formerly called Siam, Thailand has never experienced foreign colonization. The British gained a colonial foothold in the region in 1824, but by 1896 an Anglo-French accord guaranteed the independence of Thailand.

 

Islamic History and Muslims

Islam is most popular in southern Thailand, near the border with Malaysia, where the vast majority of the country's Muslims, predominantly Malay in origin, are found. The remaining Muslims are Pakistani&Bangladeshi immigrants in the urban centers, ethnic Thai in the rural areas of the Center and South (varying from entire Muslim communities to mixed settlements), and a few Chinese Muslims in the far north. Also, Cambodian Muslims can be found between the mutual border and Bangkok as well as the deep south. Education and maintenance of their own cultural traditions are vital interests of these groups.

Except in the small circle of theologically trained believers, the Islamic faith in Thailand, like Buddhism, had become integrated with many beliefs and practices not integral to Islam. It would be difficult to draw a line between animistic practices indigenous to Malay culture that were used to drive off evil spirits and local Islamic ceremonies because each contained aspects of the other. In the mid-1980s, the country had more than 2,000 mosques in 38 Thai provinces, with the largest number (434) in Narathiwat province. All but a very small number of the mosques were associated with the Shi'a branch of Islam; the remainder were of the Sunni branch. Each mosque had an imam (prayer leader), a muezzin (who issued the call to prayer), and perhaps other functionaries.

Although the majority of the country's Muslims were ethnically Malay, the Muslim community also included the Thai Muslims, who were either hereditary Muslims, Muslims by intermarriage, or recent converts. Cham Muslims originally from Cambodia; West Asians, including both Sunni and Shias; South Asians, including Tamils, Punjabis and Bengalis; Indonesians, especially Javanese and Minangkabau; Thai-Malay or people of Malay ethnicity who have accepted many aspects of Thai language and culture, except Buddhism, and have intermarried with Thai; and Chinese Muslims, who were mostly Hui living in the North.

The National Council for Muslims, consisting of at least five persons (all Muslims) and appointed by royal proclamation, advised the ministries of education and interior on Islamic matters. Its presiding officer, the state counselor for Muslim affairs, was appointed by the king and held the office of division chief in the Department of Religious Affairs in the Ministry of Education. Provincial councils for Muslim affairs existed in the provinces that had substantial Muslim minorities, and there were other links between the government and the Muslim community, including government financial assistance to Islamic education institutions, assistance with construction of some of the larger mosques, and the funding of pilgrimages by Thai Muslims to Mecca, both Bangkok and Hat Yai being primary gateway cities. Thailand also maintained several hundred Islamic schools at the primary and secondary levels, as well as Islamic banks, (Pattanakarn, Bangkok), shops and other institutions. Much of the packaged food marketed is tested and labelled halal (unless it has pork), regardless of who eats it.

Hidayatussaligeen Mosque is in Pattaya on Sukhumvit Road and has just been rebuilt, actually all the Mosques in Pattaya are being redone out at the moment so they must have got some dosh in.

 

Daruk-Ebadak Mosque,Pattaya ;Thailand 

Minaret of pakpayun 's cetral mosque ,pattalung province@Thailand 

 

 

Darulmutakeen mosque. Located in a suburb just over an hour outside of central Bangkok, Darulmutakeen mosque was formerly known as Surao Khu was a wooden house with a thatched roof which served as a mosque in 19th century.

This is probably of the of the oldest mosque in Ayuthaya, Thailand (the former capital of Thailand) Now, the town is pretty quiet. Located about 2 hours drive from Bangkok. The mosque's name is Ahmadiyam Mosque. 

 

  Islam pray(lamad) with lady@Pattani province,Thailand 

The Biggest mouqe of Thailand, Centre Moque of Patani province(Thailand)

 

Airobic with Muslimah@Saiburi area,Pattani province Thailand 

    Simanar in Mosque 

 

 

Pattani's sisters

Thai's style mosque@BKK Thailand 

Islamic Centers and Organizations

Islam Sri Ayuddhya Foundation School, Bangkok
Phone: 035-241889

Abu Fares Lebanese Restaurant, Bangkok
Phone: 02-665 5242

Changkhlan Mosque, Chiang Mai, Muang
Phone: +6653904041

Al Hussein Restaurant, Bangkok
Phone: 02-252 0240

Islamic Bank of Thailand, Bangkok
URL: http://www.isbt.co.th/en/index.php   Phone: 0-2650-6999

Al Ferdos Restaurant, Bangkok
Phone: 02-255 8200

The Foundation Of Islamic Centre Of Thailand, Bangkok
URL: http://www.thaiislamiccenter.com   Phone: 66-2314-5638

College of Islamic Studies, Patani
URL: www.cis.psu.ac.th  

THE MUSLIM WELFARE ORGANISATION, Bangkok
Phone: 0066-2-2338902

Muslim Restaurant, Bangkok
Phone: 02-234-1876
 

Abdullanusorn Mosque, Nonburi
  Al Amin Mosque, Sam Khok
  Al Mubarak Mosque, Udornthani
  Al-bushra Mosques Makri, Phathalung
  Amannarue-mit mosque, Bangkok
  Ansorrissunnah Masjid, Bangkok Noi
  Assalafiyah Mosque, Bangkok
  BANGKOK MOSQUE, Bangkok
  Changkhlan Mosque, Chiang Mai
  Changklan Camii, Changwat Chiang Mai
  College of Islamic Studies, Patani
  Darul iahsan Mosque, Bangkok
  Darul Obbad Mosque, Pattaya
  Fathulbaree Mosque มัสยิดฟัตฮุ้ลบารี, Bangkok
  Foundation for Islamic Center of Thailand, Bangkok Metropolis
  Haroon Mosque, Bangkok
  International Airport Prayer Room, Bangkok International Airport
  Islam Sri Ayuddhya Foundation School, Bangkok
  Kamaluddeen masjid, Ranong
  Koh Samui Muslim Village, Koh Samuie
  Liwaoul islam mosque, Bangkok
  Masjad AL Hidaya, Pattaya
  Masjid Al-Huda( Talingchan), Bangkok
  MASJID AL-ULYA ,มัสยิด อุ้ลยา, Nondha Buri
  Masjid Almukminiin, Samut Prakarn
  Masjid almuwahideen, Nakon
  Masjid At Taqwa, Min Buri
  Masjid Ban Hou, Changwat Chiang Mai
  Masjid Bayan Community, Bangkok
  Masjid Bustanudden(Ban Trab), Chanong
  Masjid Dar-Ul-Aman, Ban Phai
  Masjid Hidayatul Islam (Ban-Hau), Chiang Mai
  masjid islam huai hin fon, Mae Chan
  Masjid keawnimitra, Bangkok
  Masjid Mussaleehatulislameeyah, Petchaburi
  Masjid Nurul iahzan, Mahasarakam
  Masjid Salahuddeen مسجدصلاح الدين, Nong Chok
  Masjid Salahuddeen مسجد صلاح الدين, Amphoe Nong Chok
  Masjid Usason Islam, Songkhla
  MasjidaljameaChonburi, Chonburi
  MasjidAljameaChonburi(มัสยิดกลางจังหวัดชลบุรี), Chon Buri
  Masjidil Jamia' Al-sakam, Pattani
  Mideen Mosques, Bangkok
  mosque, Kok Saya
  Mosque, Pattaya
  Mosque at Seekhoraphum, Surin
  mosque darul-areman, Amphoe Muang Chiang Rai
  Mosque noorul islam pakistan, Amphoe Muang Chiang Rai
  Muslim Student Assocation Of Asian, Bangkok
 
Muslim Student Club of Kasetsart University, Nakhon Pathom

  Nurul Islam Mosques, Dusit
  Nurul-islam mosque, Nonburi
  NURULNASIHAH MOSQUE, Bangkok
  Riyadissunan Mosques, Nonburi
  Riyadissunan Mosques, Nondaburi
  Taluban Center Mosque (มัสยิดกลางตำบลตะลุบัน <-thai_langu, Saiburi
  The Foundation Of Islamic Centre Of Thailand, Bangkok
 
Ton son Mosques, Bangkok Yai

   Muslim Owned Business

  PTS WORLD CO.,LTD., Bangkok
  PUMA TRAVEL & TRADE CO., LTD, Bangkok
  Regent Hotel & Apartments, Bangkok
  Regent Hotel & Apartments, Bangkok Noi
  Regent Hotel&Apartment Ngamwongwan, Bangkok
  Ruammit Restaurant, Chiang Mai
  Russnanee, Phuket
  S COM SQUARE, Bangkok
  Salam, Phuket
  Sami Kitchen, Phuket
  Santichon Hostel, Songkhla
  Sayoomporn silk shop, Bangkok
  Shere Shiraz, Chiang Mai
  Solid Construction Co.,ltd., Bangkok
  Sultaanah Halal Food, Bangkok
  SURE RETURN CORPORATION (THAI) CO.LTD., Haadyai
  Tamil Nadu Resrurant, Bangkok
  Thai O-Cha Briyani Stalls, Phuket
  Thai-Islamic Trade & Industrial Association, Bangkok
  Thaimuslimshop, Bangkok
  The Exclusive Travel Co. Ltd, Bangkok
  Tripex Siam Co,.Ltd., Bangkok
  Usman Thai Food, Bangkok
  مطعم أبو سارة المصرى, Phattaya
 
WORLD RELATION CO,LTD, Cha-am

References
Islam in Thailand  ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_Thailand   , September, 2008).
Info please ( http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0108034.html ,  September, 2008).
Islam Finder ( http://www.islamicfinder.org/cityPrayerNew.php?country=thailand   , September, 2008).
World Religions Statistics ( http://www.adherents.com/adhloc/xx , September, 2008).
Anonymous, Documents from Representatives of Islamic Organizations in Thailand, September 2008.