A Muslim couple holds hands as they walk at a park in Kuala Lumpur on October 5, 2015.
Organisers said more than 2,000 people had applied to take part in an Islamic speed-dating session this past weekend, the second staged so far by 'Halal Speed Dating', which uses the term denoting practises that comply with Islamic rules.
According to the event founders, clients can shortlist up to three people, however marriage can only be negotiated by one possible partner at a time.
Speaking of the dating app, Tinder, Halal Speed Dating co-founders Zuhri Yuhyi, 34, and Norhayati Ismail, 41, said: "Halal Speed Dating is the anti-Tinder.
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."According to Norhayati, most common dating apps and matchmaking websites often lead to adultery prior to marriage, which is forbidden in Islam.
Now 35, Hafiz (not his real name) finally feels ready for the next stage in his life - to start a family.
I'm focusing on finding someone who can willingly accept me for who I am," said Nurnadille Edlena, 24, who participated in the bi-annual matchmaking event in Kuala Lumpur.
The dating service is halal, meaning permissible under Islamic law, as it is practised 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.
“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.