Teenage Muslim Weddings In Malaysia

KLUANG (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – A 15-year-old boy ended his bachelorhood early when he married his 17-year-old girlfriend here after dating for about two months.

Muhd Muaz Mislan, 15, and Nur Izzati Amiera Ishak, 17, tied the knot on Nov 30 and captured the attention of social media after the newlyweds posted photos and a video of their akad nikah (solemnisation ceremony) on Facebook.

In his posting, Muhd Muaz said he wanted to marry the girl to make their relationship legal after receiving both families’ nod.

“Young marriage will stir talk from others; but I am ready,” he added.

Muhd Muaz, who is believed to be waiting for his Form 3 Assessment result, is said to have decided to discontinue his studies next year.

The video footage showed that Muhd Muaz and Nur Izzati’s marriage was solemnised with a wedding dowry of RM22.50 (S$8.40).

Nur Izzati has just completed her Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations.

For Muslims, the legal age of marriage for is 18 for males and 16 for females. With the permission of the syariah court, however, Muslims can marry at any age.

In Malacca, 15-year-old Nurulain Mohammad married businessman Zulhelmi Kaharudin, 21, at a mass akad nikah (solemnisation of marriage) ceremony at the Malacca International Trade Centre in Ayer Keroh on Sunday.

Nurulain and Mr Zulhelmi, 21, had the blessings of their respective families. From the start, their love story was not a secret.

Mr Zulhelmi, who runs a restaurant business, said he was brought up in a strict family.

“Neither of us dared to meet secretly.”

The eldest of three siblings said he encouraged his new bride to study right up to tertiary education level. “Only after that will we have children,” he said.

“She is still a girl but I will guide her with the right values,” he said.

The couple saw each other while walking around the neighbourhood. Mr Zulhelmi said it was love at first sight.

“She was walking back from school a few days later when I said ‘I love you’. To my surprise, she said the same back to me.”


Source: www.straitstimes.com

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