Dating for muslim converts

To publicly date, with names and photos flashing on a phone screen, is “evolutionary,” said Haroon Mokhtarzada, the founder of Minder, a Muslim play on the website Tinder.

(The two companies are not linked.) “It was very taboo to be online 12 years ago to date.

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“Halal dating, I think, is gonna be the next thing for our Muslim community, because we need it. We need, we all need to do that." Some Muslims still prefer the traditional method of matchmaking, or arranging marriages. Boys and girls can also meet in the process we follow but that involves families first.

You do find halal dating amazing as you’re young and are attracted to the opposite sex, (but) it’s more like a fun thing...” Meeting other Muslims on a website and then taking part in halal dating is new.

to do evil and wicked deeds; to speak or to do what is forbidden in Islam, etc.)).

And had it not been for the Grace of Allah and His Mercy on you, not one of you would ever have been pure from sins.

Many shun arranged marriage — frequently set up by relatives to a bride or groom abroad — and find themselves pining for a soul mate of their choosing.

Tradition in most Islamic societies hasn’t openly condoned dating the American way, although Muslims have been secretly meeting and falling in love — just like everyone else.

Now you’re crazy to be online,” said Mokhtarzada, a Harvard law graduate living in Washington, D. The big difference between mainstream American and Muslim dating technology is the desired end result: Tinder might be fine with hookups only, but the Muslim creators of these apps want a lifelong union to emerge.

Minder has more than 30,000 approved users since it launched in February, but the company doesn’t have the staff to follow up with its clientele to find out if anybody’s getting hitched.

The numbers, revealed in a study by multi-faith group Faith Matters, have led to claims that the country is undergoing a process of ‘Islamification’.

The survey of converts revealed nearly two thirds were women, more than 70 per cent were white and the average age at conversion was just 27.

As they are dating, they do not become physically intimate. And they must have permission from their parents or other older people to date one another. You'll find a lot of people there with different backgrounds and cultural values." Obaid Akram says he once supported so-called “arranged marriages,” in which family members bring a man and woman together to be married.