As they sat on a small stage, about 400 men and women wishing to copy their success sat before them, waiting for the three-minute rotations to begin. “Brothers and sisters,” he beseeched them, “if you are here for the matrimonial, please go in.” Then the doors closed.
Outside, the moderator, a woman named Nida in a white blazer, was giving her volunteers their marching orders. Organizers had left pieces of paper with suggested questions on some of the tables. One woman said afterward that her favorite question of the night was “What is your favorite vegetable? For the last half-hour, the ballroom doors were left open.
But in recent years, the demand for such banquets has increased, and the society plans to hold them more frequently.
More Muslims are embracing them as an acceptable alternative to arranged marriages and the vagaries of 21st-century, American-style dating.
There is one problem with doctors, however: It takes so long to become one.“It’s ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ and there’s no hard feelings,” she said.The couple were in Washington to speak at Saturday’s banquet. We don’t want that to happen.” Kadir and Rocky were among the last to go in. ” Rocky’s sister said to her friends as she trailed behind her brother. ” A short while later, a volunteer waded into the throng of stragglers outside the ballroom, his hands clasped.Online matchmaking is also popular, but some prefer to meet in person.Saturday night’s banquet was sold out, as was a second one scheduled for Sunday. ’ If so, it’s not the right person.” Kadir was not so sure about that strategy.