KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 26 — Feeling lonely after the loss of her husband and tired of dealing with taken or married men preying on singles, a woman has started her own Muslim-only dating camp in what she described as a bid to find a soulmate.
Businesswoman Nor Daayah Abdullah, 40, said the idea behind the one-day camp called “Kem Dapat Jodoh” (Get a soulmate camp) also aims to help fellow Muslims build their confidence in their quest to find the right one, The Star reported on its website.
“I understand what it’s like being alone, because my husband passed away one year ago and we had no child together,” she was quoted as saying.
The Muslim-only dating camp programme was reportedly made viral on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. It was eventually reported by numerous media outlets.
According to the event’s flyer, the “objective” of the camp included among others educational religious programme to educate participants on Islamic grooming, marriage and wealth management.
It also stated that the camp is meant to help address self-esteem issues and at the same time prevent adultery and encourage what it termed as “halal” marriage.
Participants are required to pay a RM100 fee but there is a promotion for “early birds” who will get RM30 off with early registrations.
Nor Daayah claimed the response has been good.
“Our phone has been ringing non-stop. Many are eager to be part of this event,” she was quoted saying by several news outlets.
The business trainer said the idea for the camp was based on her own experiences in encountering many married or taken men trying to exploit single women in locally organised dating programmes, especially the internet.
“I have joined several online dating groups and many have portrayed themselves as single when they, in fact, were not.
“That’s when I decided to come up with this idea to help those who genuinely want to find a life partner without being scammed,” she was quoted saying further.
Nor Daayah said the camp will have with talks by experienced motivational speakers on how to improve themselves before finding their partners.
“The participants will get to learn how to prepare themselves physically, mentally and financially before marriage and how to overcome their shortcomings.
“Then, later in the afternoon, we will organise a ‘halal’ speed dating for them,” Nor Daayah told reporters.