Akad nikah held outside imam’s house in Kedah

Compiled by SIM LEOI LEOI and C. ARUNO

A VIDEO of a couple having to undergo the akad nikah outside the house of an imam in Sungai Petani, Kedah, during the movement control order (MCO) period has gone viral, reported Metro Ahad.

The imam of Masjid Ibadur Rahman Permatang Berangan, Jamaluddin Ahmad, had carried out the akad nikah of the couple who were seen on the video dressed in matching white outside his gate.

Bride Nur Sabrina Mohd Zailani, 22, admitted she was surprised when she was asked to present herself at the house of the “tok kadi” for the ceremony.

Jamaluddin, who is also the assistant registrar of marriages, said this had to be carried out in view of the mosques being closed during the two-week MCO period.

“The akad nikah has to be carried out at home but I didn’t want it to be at the bride’s house because it will be difficult to control the crowd.

“So the couple have to come to my house. I also limited the number of attendees to not more than 12 people, including myself and the witnesses, ” he added.

Jamaluddin said he also ensured that each guest remained a metre apart from each other and that the akad nikah took only 10 minutes.

> Model Jaja Talib remembered crying after being bullied in school because of the colour of her skin.

In an interview with Sinar Ahad, the 27-year-old said students at her school often made fun of her and called her names just because she was dark-skinned. She said that among others, she was called “African kid” or “black as a pot”.

“Who doesn’t get sad from being made fun like that? I would come back from school crying. But I am grateful to my parents who continue to urge me to be strong, ” she said.

Jaja, whose real name is Nur Rafiza Abdul Talib, said her past experience made her determined to overcome society’s stigma against dark-skinned women.

The model from Penang is making waves as a muslimah and Instafamous model.

At one time, Jaja has close to 53,000 followers on Instagram.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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