Norhayati say it is not just Muslims who are interested in their system and making inquires.
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At one table, two Year 12 students from a Christian college in Melbourne's eastern suburbs listen earnestly to their 'date'.'I thought it'd be really cool to come.
I don't have any Muslim friends, and I lack that different perspective,' says one of the students, Gabriel.'I think it's really important that rather than just judging, we get to know their stories and get to know where they're coming from.' Nearby, a former nun called Michaela says she's 'hunting a Muslim' for the committee of her interfaith network.'Until 10 years ago, I knew nothing about Islam,' she says.'I've been educating myself, reading a lot and talking to Muslims whenever I can.
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“Instead of casual hookups, Halal Speed Dating is about dignified and chaperoned meet-ups with the intention of marriage.
In fact, we do not condone the modern dating that is commonly practiced.” They say their system can prevent what they see as the social ills of premarital sex and adultery, which they believe are fostered by apps like Tinder.
The founders have organized the event twice in Kuala Lumpur.
The first time in May when about 80 people joined, and the second time last week with 60 hopefuls.
“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.