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As an added incentive, Malaysian Muslims face possible fines and jail terms for committing "khalwat", the Islamic crime of being alone with a member of the opposite sex other than a spouse or close relative.
Organizers said more than 2,000 people had applied to take part in the session this past weekend, the second staged so far by "Halal Speed Dating", which uses the term denoting practises that comply with Islamic rules. But unlike Western-style speed dating, which is geared toward matching up people for later dates and courtship on their own, couples in the Islamic version are expected to seek marriage soon after both sides agree, including the parents.The prints are created using a combination of linocut and letterpress techniques.Each print depicts the letters and numbers associated with the familiar bingo game.With playful humour and sincere insight Belinda Harrow’s exhibition Giant Bingo addresses the online dating experience.Equating an online dating search to a game of chance, Harrow employs aspects of the game of bingo to illustrate this comparison."That has been the way for thousands of years and it's only in the last two or three generations that we have lost this beauty.
But we hope to bring it back." Zuhri and his wife met at an unrelated match-making event in 2012 and now have a baby boy.
A multi-billion dollar industry, online dating has quickly moved into the mainstream.
It is reportedly the second most common way for people to meet, only following behind the more traditional, and now somewhat folksy sounding – being introduced through friends.1 Internet dating sites enable users to search for potential mates beyond the usual social circles we were once restricted by.
Tables are set up in the gallery displaying stacks of prints reminiscent of bingo cards.
The prints are laid out as though Harrow is inviting us to the table to partake in the game.
During the sessions, Muslim Malay men in Western clothing banter with the women, most of them dressed in conservative Islamic long-sleeved blouses, long flowing skirts and headscarves.