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But outside, it was another story."You see your friends, they go out on movie dates and they go to the mall and they hold hands," he says. And this creates a dilemma for young Muslims in search of love. We don’t know how to talk to the opposite sex, how do we go about this?In a nutshell, Shaikh says, he felt like they were having fun and he wasn't. Ghazala Irshad, who also grew up in a Muslim family in Illinois, says she knows young Muslims who growing up, were told to "lower [their] gaze" when they came across the opposite sex."[But] by the time it comes to the age of trying to get married, then our parents are like, well, why aren’t you getting married, we want grandchildren ... We’re not allowed to date, we’ve been separated, we haven’t developed friendships," she says.Arif Shaikh, who was also at the gathering, says growing up he knew some Muslim kids who did date.Secretly of course."Muslim kids who are in relationships are more secretive than Navy SEALS," he says.You set your boundaries with your partner."I also heard from an Iranian American, a Lebanese, a Moroccan and a Bangladeshi.
Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. At home, "there was no such thing as the words dating or relationships.It was just something that was non-existent," he recalls.Muslims can sign up and connect with other Muslims either in their own area or else where. And they have made it easier for smart phone-wielding Muslims to connect.Irshad, the young woman who grew up in Illinois says she's all for it.