“Recently a man from London accommodates billboard ads with the statement ‘Save me from arranged marriage’ in the urge to find a wife:’
Muhammad Malik a 29-year-old man advertised himself and launched a website to look for ‘Ms Right’ after his experience on dating apps and when aunties failed while searching Rishtas.
In the era of dating apps, a man in the United Kingdom has plastered himself on billboards to seek ‘Ms Right’. As the New Year started up, people on the roads of London and Birmingham were fascinated to find a man on billboards, lying down on a purple screen and pointing at a line: “Save me from an arranged marriage.” While supporting the young bearded man, wearing a black dome cap, was a link to a website titled ‘Find Malik a Wife’.
While at one glimpse it might seem like a funny joke, one look at the website would clear things up. An eligible bachelor tries to find himself his future wife.
the website, set up by Muhammad Malik, states “I just haven’t found the right girl yet. It’s tough out there. I had to get a billboard to get seen!”
“My ideal partner would be a Muslim woman in her 20s, who’s seeking to better her deen. I’m open to any race and nationality but I’ve got a loud Punjabi family – so you’d need to keep with the bants,” the 29-year-old added.
With extent honesty, he also listed what many might consider a ‘deal-breaker’, as the man added, he is a single child and needs to take care of his parents.
Although in the billboard, Malik urged all to save him from an arranged marriage, on the website he clarified he isn’t against the idea completely. He writes, “I just want to try and find someone on my own first.’
He also stated, “I think arranged marriages have a place and tradition in many Islamic cultures. Some studies show that arranged marriages have many advantages.’
As his billboards created a huge gossip both in real and virtual worlds, the London-based bank consultant told BBC News that it seems the plan is working as he got hundreds of messages expressing interest. “I haven’t had the time to look through yet,” he said. “I need to set some time aside – I hadn’t thought this part through.”
Acknowledging the fact that he has tried online dating and even finding a match through ‘Rishta a Rishta, the man said things haven’t ended up for him yet. “I’m Pakistani Desi, so the first thing we’re told about is the power of the aunties. But that method didn’t work out”.
It was only after a friend recommended him to advertise himself, he was on board to try out this abnormal idea after persuading his mother. Talking to Evening Standard, the young man said: “I did find someone and was planning to get married but when the pandemic hit, my freelance work ground to halt and I shifted my focus to swerving my career.”
Now, after resolving into his new work, he once again decided to try his luck, but soon the second lockdown whack. Hopefully, the website will get thirsted outcomes and he will be prosperous in his triumph to find love. The website contains a creative video prologue of himself, along with a Google form ratifying submissions from those enthusiastic in a match.
Written BY: Neha Mandal (Internship Trainee)