'High rent' top excuses given by Muslim couples caught for khalwat

'High rent' top excuses given by Muslim couples caught for khalwat
File photo of apartment buildings in Malaysia.

MALAYSIA - High cost of house or room rental, no place to stay and only just arrived from a village are among the main excuses given by Muslim couples caught for khalwat (close proximity) by Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS), reported Harian Metro.

Most of these couples, aged between 20 and 30, also cited high living costs as the reason for staying together.

JAIS deputy director Ahmad Zaki Arshad said being caught in close proximity was among the top syariah offences committed in the state.

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