Muslim Online Dating: Where Tradition and Modernity Intertwine
It is no secret that for minorities in the Western World such as Muslim populations, the task of finding one’s other half is a lot more difficult. Muslims make up for a little less than 1 percent of the US population (2.6 million people), so traditional aspects of Muslim dating in the US don’t yield enough results. Moreover, forward-thinking Muslims believe that Muslim dating allows for a more modern dating approach to get to know your partner, while still acknowledging that the main goal is to get married and respect the religious tradition.
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To Date or Not to Date
Before delving into the topic of dating, the issue arises of whether your family even agrees to let you date or not. Arranged marriages, now called “assisted marriages,” are neither new, nor are they exclusive to Muslims. The traditional route is for a “rishta” (auntie) to find you a match or even to turn to online matrimonial sites or matrimonial events, such as speed dating and networking events where the goal is to find a life mate, not a date.
Many Muslims living in the West today just want to meet someone special, whether it results in marriage or not. If you feel strongly about dating, it’s worth discussing this issue with those closest to you. Perhaps your family is more progressive than you think.
Expand Your Muslim Dating Pool
Being a modern-day Muslim has its frustrations — on the one hand you want to respect your family and traditions by finding someone they deem suitable and that might result in marriage, but on the other hand you want to have a say in who you date and hopefully marry. The perfect solution is online dating.
There are a vast number of online dating sites that have been successfully helping singles of all religions and backgrounds find a potential match and many modern Muslims are climbing on board to find like minded partners with the shared goal of eventually tying the knot. The most popular dating sites streamline the matching process by including filters to help you find someone who shares the same belief and cultural background as you. Now you can have more of a say in who you marry by finding someone who shares your interests and hobbies, whilst still respecting tradition. In other words, your dating pool is much wider.
Muslim dating sites are also an excellent tool for divorcees who can sometimes feel rejected by their communities. By simply turning to an online dating site, you can easily find someone ‘in the same boat’ as you are and have another chance at finding love.
Finding Your Match
While your family may know you well and think they can find you a partner based on age and family background, as a young Muslim you probably have your doubts and want more of a say in who you spend the rest of your life with. Let’s face it, the days of families choosing a match for someone seem outdated. The beauty of online dating sites is that you can find out so much more information about potential matches that you will immediately have a far greater understanding of whether you are interested in dating them or not — and all that without the stress of your family’s involvement. Sometimes it takes time, however when looking for a soulmate, it’s definitely worth the wait!