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Why millions of Muslims are signing up for online dating
Twenty years on from the launch of the first online dating site, Match. Image caption Muhammad and Catherine with their first child Muhammad met his wife Catherine through an online matchmaking site four years ago.
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These days everyone is at it, from the likes of Halle Berry and Adele - both say they have given it a go - to your aunt, my grandmother, and half the people swinging like coat hangers on the early morning commute. So perhaps it's not surprising that Western Muslims adapted the idea to their needs. For many, online dating offers a low-stress solution to the daunting challenge of finding a partner for marriage in countries where few share their faith, and in communities where matchmaking is considered a family affair.
Image copyright Other Image caption Adeem Younis encourages people to involve their families in an online search Younis's own matchmaking site, SingleMuslim. However, as the young entrepreneur tells me, to call the practice "Muslim online dating" would be inaccurate.
The goal of such sites is often far more ambitious than the average hook-up website. Instead of hazy morning-after memories and hopes of receiving a follow-through text message, sites like SingleMuslim. It is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. But the site is just one example of a booming market serving Muslims of all ages and degrees of religiosity.
For example, there is Muslimmatrimony. It has now changed its name to ishqr. Image caption Muhammad and Catherine with their first child Muhammad met his wife Catherine through an online matchmaking site four years ago. Today he is happily married with two children. But his search for marital bliss wasn't always an easy ride. The internet makes meeting easier culturally Mbaye Lo, Professor of Arabic "There isn't that scope to meet people," he says.
In typical Western cultures that's OK, but in Muslim culture it's frowned upon. So there are very few avenues, apart from family contact, for matchmaking to occur. He was writing from the waters off the coast of Canada, and wondered if I'd wait for him. There were plenty more from those who clearly weren't a good match — guys in the 50 plus age bracket, guys who lived in Australia, guys who were saving their first kiss for marriage. At least Public Praying Man made it to the dating stage — but his penchant for saying grace out loud made me feel, as many of the men's profiles did, that I wasn't Christian enough to go out with a Christian.
Because while my religion is foundational, from then on in, I am still an individual with my own tastes, likes, dislikes and sense of humour. Having a religion in common with someone doesn't actually guarantee you have anything else in common. Of course, it's not just Christian women who try and find a partner who will share their culture and beliefs.
My friend was on JDate and said it was fun. There's also the sense that some men are using their profile to advertise themselves as the perfect Jewish husband-in-waiting: It's a bit off-putting. You start to feel like you're looking at everyone who's left on the shelf. She said I was out of luck. So what hope is there for the normal religious girls looking for love?