Persian in Malaysia

Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

Iranians living in Malaysia is a new phenomenon. Most of them have gone there in the years since the 1979 Iranian Revolution turned Iran into a Shi'ite Muslim theocracy. There was a large Iranian movement to Malaysia after the election scandal and crackdown on demonstrators in 2009.

Where Are they Located?

To some Iranians, Malaysia is a second home, meaning that they only visit as tourists. For others, Kuala Lumpur and other cities are the place to either study or start a business.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the Iranians in Malaysia are students or businessmen. Most of them are in Malaysia because they hated living under Iran's brutal regime. Iranians view Malaysia as an easy-going, multi-ethnic Muslim nation where they can thrive. There are a growing number of night clubs that offer "Iranian nights," with Iranian music for fun and dancing. The Malaysian government, in an effort to keep good relationships with Iran, sometimes arrests Iranians who protest against their government. It is difficult for Iranians to gain Malaysian citizenship. They can only gain citizenship if they invest large sums of money in Malaysia or marry a local.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Iranians in Malaysia are usually either secular or marginally Shi'ite Muslim. There are, however, some Iranians who have converted the Malay to Shi'ite Islam, which has caused friction with the Malaysian government, which tries very hard to keep the Malay in the Sunni Muslim camp.

What Are Their Needs?

The Iranians in Malaysia need to seek spiritual freedom, not just license to go to night clubs, drink, etc.

Prayer Points

* Pray for Iranian believers in Malaysia to be safe and to grow in their relationship with Jesus.
* Pray for a harvest of the Persian people in Malaysia.
* Pray the Lord would meet Iranians in Malaysia in supernatural ways where missionaries cannot go.
* Pray that the disciple making movements that have begun in Iran will extend to the Iranians in Malaysia.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Persian
People Name in Country Persian
Population in Malaysia 40,000
World Population 40,552,700
Total Countries 42
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per
Alternate Names Fars, Irani, पर्षियन
People ID 14371
ROP3 Code 107987
Country Malaysia
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 23  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Malaysia
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 23  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Primary Language Persian, Iranian (40,000 speakers)
Language Code pes   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Other People Groups Speaking Persian, Iranian
Primary Language Persian, Iranian (40,000 speakers)
Language Code pes   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Persian, Iranian

Primary Language:  Persian, Iranian

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1546-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1815-1979)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1838-1995)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name New
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Iranian Contextual Fellowship (
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Persian, Iranian
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video: View in Persian, Iranian
Film / Video The Prophets Story (
Film / Video The Weary Traveller (
General Bible Visuals
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed Matter Bible: New Millenium Version
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Persian Old Version
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.80 %)
3.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
97.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Hamed Saber  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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