As a religion, it is not an acceptable practice for Muslim men and Muslim women to "date". However, many family gatherings allow the opportunity for many young people to meet and socialize. Due to deep cultural practices, many Muslim parents assist their children in finding an acceptable spouse. From my many years of Islamic experiences from Americas, Indian Subcontinent and the Arabic countries, the parents look for a spouse who will compliment their child. It is rare that the bride or groom is not agreeing to the wedding. In Islam, the bride as well as the groom must agree to the marriage otherwise the Iman is not to marry the couple.