“I’m focusing on finding someone who can willingly accept me for who I am.” Malaysia is a largely moderate Muslim country, where Islam is the official religion and ethnic Malay Muslims make up two thirds of the 30 million people.Many young Malaysians meet as young people do in many places, including through the dating app Tinder and on Facebook, but dating is complicated for young Muslims in Malaysia, where public displays of affection and intimacy before marriage is strictly disapproved of.Halal Speed Dating’s founders say most of their clients hope to find a spouse.A client can shortlist up to three possible partners but can only negotiate marriage with one at a time, in accordance with Islamic rules.The dating service is halal, meaning permissible under Islamic law, as it is practiced with an Islamic twist: women speed daters must be chaperoned by a wali, or guardian until she gets married and who grants her the permission to do so.“I brought my parents as they are the best people who can guide me to find someone,” said Nurnadille.One of the Muslim women said to me, "I've never sat opposite a bikie before." That was amazing.' Assafiri says Australian Muslim women are still routinely harassed and abused in public.'Every time something happens overseas, even if it's 1000 miles away, we worry about the repercussions here,' says Sara, an Islamic school principal and one of the session volunteers.'I know women who have been spat on on trains and had their scarves pulled off.I've had beer cans and eggs thrown at my car and have been rammed off a freeway.'I actually went and learnt Krav Maga in case I was attacked.'The 'speed-dating' sessions have attracted a mixed crowd so far.
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“Halal Speed Dating is the anti-Tinder,” co-founders Zuhri Yuhyi, 34, and Norhayati Ismail, 41, said in a release, referring to the U.
S.-based dating app that has gained a reputation for free and easy match-making.
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