"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.
According to worldwide statistics around 1.6 billion of global population, which is approximately 22.30%, are Muslim believers.
It’s the second most popular (right after Christianity) religion across the world.
For many Muslims singles dating can be a difficult balance between their own wants and those of their family or society.
Do you want to handle your relationship status by own hands?At home, "there was no such thing as the words dating or relationships.It was just something that was non-existent," he recalls. "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.I met my boyfriend over a year ago and played the hard to get game at the start.I didn't know if I really liked him until he started to appreciate me and prove he wanted to be with me.