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“Maybe we shouldn’t go in,” my cousin joked as we saw a young man entering the venue of the single Muslim speed dating event with his parents.
We stood in the parking lot of Oakland High School for another moment, both taking deep breaths and checking our reflections in the car’s window.
We were mainly millennial singles (ages 21-36) at the event and recent stats by The Pews Research Center revealed that 57% of all millennials are single and 36% are well-educated, driven to climb the career ladder once they reach graduation.
This makes sense because I found that although none of us were married, many seemed to be married to our careers.
“Let’s just check it out and we could always bail if it goes badly.“Asalamu Alaykum, everyone”, Iman Chilwan’s voice boomed over a microphone. We were told that we’d be playing various games for seven minutes each.After each round, the men would switch tables and the women would remain seated.Instead, we are meant to find someone suitable for marriage and with our parent’s blessing, get hitched. Finding your Muslim prince or princess can be like finding a needle in a haystack.“Searching” can mean scouring matrimony apps like Muzmatch and Muslima.com, asking loved ones and the imam at your local mosque to suggest a match, or patiently waiting and praying for your halal meet-cute.