One of the Muslim women said to me, "I've never sat opposite a bikie before." That was amazing.' Assafiri says Australian Muslim women are still routinely harassed and abused in public.'Every time something happens overseas, even if it's 1000 miles away, we worry about the repercussions here,' says Sara, an Islamic school principal and one of the session volunteers.'I know women who have been spat on on trains and had their scarves pulled off.I've had beer cans and eggs thrown at my car and have been rammed off a freeway.'I actually went and learnt Krav Maga in case I was attacked.'The 'speed-dating' sessions have attracted a mixed crowd so far.I've come to the conclusion that our ignorance about Islam is enormous.'She's warm and enthusiastic about the session, but her line of questioning becomes sharp when she starts pushing one of the Muslim women on the Prophet Muhammad and the Invasion of Banu Qurayza, a battle described in the Koran.
"We are still encouraging Muslims to meet other Muslims.
"The main problem is many don't drink, so don't do the traditional dating thing of going to pubs and clubs to meet someone new.î The 26-year-old Cambridge graduate decided to set up the company with friend Maha Khan after realising how popular speed dating had become since its introduction to this country three years ago.
“You can come along and ask a Muslim women absolutely anything.” Sascha is attending to deepen her understanding of the practice of hijab.
“I do have reactions to it that I’m not especially sure about, or even proud of, but they’re definitely there,” she said.
"I didn't come here expecting to meet Mr Right, but I thought it would be a bit of a laugh and a good way of meeting people.