Two couples who found love on a Muslim dating app have made wedding planswithin months after their relationships were “accelerated” by lockdownrestrictions. When the traditional method of being introduced to a potentialpartner by family was put on hold due to social-distancing measures, manyyoung Muslims turned to dating apps to find love. Aisha Rosalie and herhusband Sultan Akhtar met online just weeks before restrictions came intoforce and said lockdown gave them a “sense of fear” about the future. Thatencouraged them to speed up their relationship — at one point even consideringan online marriage. Aisha, 23, said: “We didn’t see each other for threemonths, we spoke every single day. We were just so topsy turvy because wedidn’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 lockdownforces you think like that.” After a whirlwind romance, they were married in asmall nikah ceremony in July. A nikah ceremony is an Islamic wedding ceremony,where the marriage contract is signed.
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