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Couples find lockdown love on Muslim dating app


Two couples who found love on a Muslim dating app have made wedding plans within months after their relationships were “accelerated” by lockdown restrictions. When the traditional method of being introduced to a potential partner by family was put on hold due to social-distancing measures, many young Muslims turned to dating apps to find love. Aisha Rosalie and her husband Sultan Akhtar met online just weeks before restrictions came into force and said lockdown gave them a “sense of fear” about the future. That encouraged them to speed up their relationship — at one point even considering an online marriage. Aisha, 23, said: “We didn’t see each other for three months, we spoke every single day. We were just so topsy turvy because we didn’t have that in-person contact. “When you take your time to sit and think, wow I want to be with someone. I want to share everything I am going through, I want to share my successes and my failures with someone — being in lockdown forces you think like that.” After a whirlwind romance, they were married in a small nikah ceremony in July. A nikah ceremony is an Islamic wedding ceremony, where the marriage contract is signed.

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