Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin has urged eligible bachelors to marry quickly to increase the state's population.
He said Islam required men who were capable to marry physically and spiritually to do so quickly because delaying could slow down the growth of the Muslim population.
"I hope they can take on this challenge. However, they also need to equip themselves with knowledge and be more responsible," Mohd Asri said in his weekly talk at Masjid Alwi in Kangar last night.
The mufti also encouraged young people working and earning a living in Perlis to choose local women as their wives, and to remain in the state.
In this regard, the parents should not demand expensive gifts or grand weddings for their daughters and place a burden on the men, Mohd Asri said.
"Hantaran (wedding gifts) are customary, whereas Islam only requires the mas kahwin (dowry)," he said, adding parents should prioritise the long-term welfare of their children.