Billboard bachelor’s search for love gets more than 2000 responses

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The entrepreneur revealed the responses have passed 1000 from his website (@findmalikawife / Instagram)
The entrepreneur revealed the responses have passed 1000 from his website (@findmalikawife / Instagram)

A Muslim bachelor that put up billboards around the UK to advertise his search for love is “overwhelmed” with more than 2000 responses.

Muhammad Malik found his face not only on posters but all over the press this new year after people spotted his campaign – findmalikawife.com.

The entrepreneur revealed the responses have passed 1000 from his website – while another 1000 have made contact through his DMs on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Muhammad Malik, 29, innovation consultant and entrepreneur (@findmalikawife / Instagram)
Muhammad Malik, 29, innovation consultant and entrepreneur (@findmalikawife / Instagram)

Reactions have been worldwide, with one Turkish lady sending a video response and another offering getting lost in translation.

The 29-year-old told Time Out London: “‘There was, or what I thought was, a really extreme DM. It was something like “I’d give you my spleen.” So I was like, “Wow, you know, this is not the organ donation collection site”.

“And then I realised that it’s actually a term of endearment in their language and it was just lost in translation.

“There was also a lovely lady from Turkey. She sent a video application, which was really cool.”

Muhammad said he now plans to sort through responses with friends and families, prioritising personality and faith over looks.

The innovation consultant’s “auditing” process will include a spreadsheet with columns to note age, location (favourably the UK), interests and personality types.

Speaking to Radio Five Live, he said: "There’s been over a thousand responses now on the official channel which is the website but then even more responses, even more than a thousand through Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and social media and stuff like that. It’s a nice surprise.

"I am really pleased, I am overwhelmed actually with the responses.”

Muhammad’s unusual adverts, scattered around London, Birmingham and Manchester, show him lying down, pointing to his request: “Save me from an arranged marriage”.

In an interview to Good Morning Britain, he insisted he respects the “legit” arranged marriage pathway but wanted to try on his own first.

Referring to his now infamous signage, he said: “I am definitely not against arranged marriages - it is quite a tongue-in-cheek thing to say.

“I think it is a 100 per cent legitimate way to find somebody but I thought let me have a crack at something else first.”

The next step will be meeting with suitors with his family as is common practice in Islam.

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