"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.
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.
Just the other day, my mother told me my aunt had been scoping out LA for potential rishtas.
That didn’t sit well with me – I want to have the final say in who I marry and find them on my own.
And then you have the opposite, where it’s like, you’re on these dating apps, and you have these hookups, and sometimes it works, and other times it doesn’t. But they don’t encourage ‘dating.’ They have encouraged me getting married. And you’re going to meet men — men who are not Muslim.
And you know it’s difficult because I do see that men do want to start flirting with me.
Even though I was born and raised in this religion, that was my own awakening as to why this was a way of life for me [and I decided to commit myself to this faith].”What does that mean to you and your faith? I had to go through a process of that, too, because you’re immediately recognized as a Muslim if you’ve got your hijab on. “For the personality type that I have, the hijab was very simple way for me to maintain a balance and a center and a sort of discipline that I needed and that I don’t seem to find in a lot of other ways in this world. But the hijab is as simple as putting a T-shirt on.”“If you’re a conservative Muslim, your family gets you some men, you pick and choose what you want, and it’s done in a really quick turnaround period. And I don’t knock any sort of trajectory or pathway to finding love or getting married or having a marriage. It blows my mind to know that you can try this conservative approach, or this non-conservative approach…”But there’s no full-on “dating” that goes on in your community?
It’s not the same for men, now that beards are in style. And by ‘quick turnaround period,’ I mean that some people can be married in, like, a month. Because you have people who do this arranged marriage situation, and the marriages work and sometimes they don’t. “My parents know that I talk to men with the purpose of dating for marriage. Sounds like my parents.“I live in Chicago, and I live in this great neighborhood, so I meet people all the time.
The shocking murder of Celine Dookhran is still under investigation.
The 19-year-old’s body was found in a fridge by authorities on July 19 in what many news sites are deeming an “honor killing,” BBC reports.
Once medical examiners studied Dookhran’s wounds, they deemed she died from a slash to her neck.