Arranged marriages, strictly-controlled family introductions and chaperones are familiar territory for some young Muslims. A new approach to dating has been launched by a couple of young Asian entrepreneurs who set out to introduce young professional Muslims to more prospective partners in one evening than they may meet in a lifetime.
"Thankfully, British Muslims have moved away from the traditional 'arranged marriage' format and become open to more liberal ideas of meeting partners based on mutual liking,î said Mr Gupta."We are still encouraging Muslims to meet other Muslims."The main problem is many don't drink, so don't do the traditional dating thing of going to pubs and clubs to meet someone new.î The 26-year-old Cambridge graduate decided to set up the company with friend Maha Khan after realising how popular speed dating had become since its introduction to this country three years ago."We are just helping people along a little.î Speed dating involves 20 to 30 mini-meetings, which last about three minutes each.The host seats the participants at numbered tables and after a whirlwind conversation, each man moves on to the next table.