WHO ARE THE PATANI MALAYS
The Malay Muslim communities are vastly located in Patani Raya, the southern provinces of
Language and Dialects
Language and Dialects
The Malay Muslims in
The government policy of compulsory education for primary/junior grade has resulted in a growing number of Malay Muslims becoming more literate in the Thai language. On the other hand the number of Muslim children who discontinue their schooling from government schools had increased significantly. Some further their schooling in private religious schools where they study a combination of Thai secular subjects and Islamic subject.
The provinces of
Culture and Religion
The Patani Malay Muslim of South Thailand traditionally lives in close-knitted communities. They place a high value on social acceptance within their community. Many Patani Malay Muslims feel threatened by the Thai Buddhist majority in
The mosque and its significant to the Patani Muslim
The mosque and Muslim festivals and observances are integral part in the life of the Patani Malays. The mosque is a place not only for religious practices, but where cultural identity is expressed. It provides education and is the center of community celebrations as a leader of the mosque; the Imam is often regarded as the leader of the village or community. The imams not only acted as community leaders, but as advisors and the link between the Thai officials and the Malays community. Because of the distrust against some of the Thai government officials, many of the Patani Malay Muslims turn to their Muslim religious and community leaders to voice their problems and concerns. It is undeniably true that the Malays of Southern Thailand shares common and traditional values to that of the Malaysian Malays; in fact both groups belong to the same ethnic descent. There are relatives across the borders and this kin relationship still existed till this day thus can be observed during wedding festivals or any other religious activities especially those that have religious significant, such as the Muslim festivals of Aidil Fitri and Aidil Adha. Across border travel had been made easy with the issuance of border passes that are only valid for the residents of Perlis, Kedah, Kelantan and Perak.
[i] The quotation on or how religious the Patani’s now are matters of questionable remarks, in a sense that there seem to be a division on the religious affinity attached to the younger generation.