30 couples wed en masse

30 couples wed en masse

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia - It was love at first swipe for administrative staff member Ruhi Hidayat Baharrudin when he saw the profile of his future bride on a social messaging application.

He pressed the "look around" function on the app and saw Nor Khairiah Mohd Abidin's profile.

"I was immediately taken ... jodoh saya (she is my match)," said the 22-year-old.

Nor Khairiah, who turns 20 in September, said she did not pay much attention to Ruhi Hidayat at first but later fell in love with his singing on the app.

They discovered that they had many mutual friends and spent a year getting to know each other before deciding to tie the knot.

Yesterday, the young lovers were among 30 couples who participated in a mass akad nikah (marriage solemnisation) ceremony on a significant Friday dated 15.05.15.

The event was organised by the Selangor Religious Affairs Depart­ment (Jais) and Karangkraf at Masjid Tengku Ampuan Jemaah in Bukit Jelutong here.

"I never expected to participate in such an event because I'd always thought that a mass wedding would be chaotic. It turned out to be quite exciting.

"The ceremony also saves us costs," said Nor Khairiah, also an administrative worker.

For Syahrain Teh, 47, and Abdul Hariz Leong, 60, it was never too late to seal the deal.

"I met him through online dating. We got to know each other for a year before getting married," said the recruitment manager.

This is the second marriage for both, who each have a daughter from their previous marriages.

Petaling district Islamic administrative officer Muhammad Sujak Muhamad Dasuki said the couples paid RM1,000 each to join in the ceremony.

"We decided on May 15 as it is a very interesting date (15.05.15) to host an important event like this.

"It's even better that the date falls on a Friday, a significant day for Muslims," he said.

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