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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.
"We are not working against tradition, but are essentially taking the burden away from families," said Ashok Gupta, the man behind Asian Speed Dating.
” Abdul Malik Kadir said to a guy in a gray suit standing next to him.
“My sinuses are cleared.” Kadir, 35, was sitting on a bench outside a ballroom at the Renaissance Washington hotel, surrounded by several hundred single Muslim men and women.
Rocky has been so engrossed in his medical training, a male friend standing next to him explained, he has had no time to meet potential spouses. If a man or woman finds someone they are interested in, the next step is to meet the parents.
Among more than 80 young Muslims who took part in the Asian Speed Dating launch night, at Soho's Opium Bar, was Perveen Achtar, 32.
The communications manager from Hertfordshire said she has been single "for agesî.