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The pair talk shyly for a few minutes under the watchful eyes of Siti's parents until a bell prompts the dozens of male participants to shift to a new table and a new prospective wife.
The banquet has been part of the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) in some form or another for more than two decades, said the group’s matrimonial assistant, Tabasum Ahmad.
Siti, a 29-year-old graphic designer, has not been in a relationship since her university days.
"I'm here to find someone for marriage because I'm too busy to meet anyone and I spend all my free time with my family," she said during a break, as her parents eagerly compared notes on the male prospects.
"A true gentleman would seek permission from the woman's father first," said Zuhri Yuhyi, co-founder of Halal Speed Dating.
"That has been the way for thousands of years and it's only in the last two or three generations that we have lost this beauty.