He was born there too, but when he was 3, they all moved to the US.
Growing up, when it came to dating, relationships and girls, Shaikh would experience one thing at home, another outside.
“Lots of grandmothers and aunties, they have these folders full of bio-data and they’re passing them around and saying, look at this girl, look at this guy, it’s like trading cards,” she says.
Bio-data are what Irshad calls "dating resumes." Many young Muslims feel like they're in limbo: An arranged marriage is out of the question, but they don't want to disrespect their family and religion. " — was the topic of conversation at a recent gathering of Muslim college students in Boston.
Over the last five years, the Office has made considerable advances in this area, including reducing violence against women, promoting economic empowerment, increasing leadership and political participation, and engendering National Planning and Budgeting.
Following the global and regional programmatic approach of UN Women, the Bangladesh Programme office strengthened efforts to build partnerships with the Government, Civil Society, as well as other UN agencies.
That's why he created a website and an app called 24
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.
"[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.
"The only evidence that they had that the other person existed before their marriage night was simply a small black-and-white picture and the good wishes of a couple of relatives," he says.
"That's all they knew." Shaikh's parents are Muslim and they lived in India at the time of their wedding back in the 1970s.
There were about 30 students and a couple of women wore colorful headscarves.
Muslim chaplain Celene Ibrahim Lizzio spoke about the "spiritual aspects of finding a spouse" — of asking God for guidance in finding love.