Married Muslim men look to halal speed dating to find love... again

Over nine sessions, including the latest in Kuala Lumpur on May 14, 2016, three couples were successfully matched, according to organisers of the halal speed dating events. — Pictures by Saw Siow Feng
Over nine sessions, including the latest in Kuala Lumpur on May 14, 2016, three couples were successfully matched, according to organisers of the halal speed dating events. — Pictures by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, May 15 — Some married Muslim men are looking to take part in the popular halal speed dating (HSD) in hopes of finding a second wife, according to the organiser of the Shariah-compliant matchmaking event.

However, the event organiser was unable to allow married men to take part in the event as the female applicants did not agree to such an arrangement.

“In the application forms, some said they are married and looking for second wife. Unfortunately, none of the female applicants stated their willingness to meet married men. If there are more, we will arrange but we cannot proceed with just one applicant.

“So, we focus only on applicants who wanted to marry for the first time,” HalalSpeedDating.com chief operations officer Munirah Tunai Shamsidi told ProjekMMO when met at the HSD event yesterday.

HSD, which began last year, is the brainchild of Munirah and her husband Zuhri Yuhyi.

The concept is similar to regular speed dating events where participants are given limited time to get to know one another.

Halal Speed Dating is the brainchild of Munirah Tunai Shamsidi and her husband Zuhri Yuhyi. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng
Halal Speed Dating is the brainchild of Munirah Tunai Shamsidi and her husband Zuhri Yuhyi. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

The difference was that female participants will be accompanied by their guardians who will monitor the chat and interactions with non-mahrams (men who are not related by family ties or marriage), in addition to a strict vetting process for those who are serious in wanting a soul mate.

Only those who have passed the vetting process by the organiser will be invited to attend and the ticket is priced at RM120 per person or RM80 for early bird registries.

Munirah told ProjekMMO that their ninth HSD session held yesterday shown an increased attendance where the female attendees outnumbered their male counterparts with a five-to-one ratio.

ProjekMMO observed then during the event that on average, those who signed up for HSD were Malay youths in their early 20s and late 30s.

Most have stable jobs but no time to search for a life partner due to work constraints.

There were also some who are still studying either at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

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