Finding a twenty something Muslim, who is well educated, has a great job yet cares about their faith isn’t always the easiest person to find. Especially if you’re looking to get married. Dating in Islam is generally a big no no. Many professional Muslims find themselves in the same boat – seemingly with lots of other professionals about – how do I find someone I like?
Ahmed, 28 is a high flying Consultant working in the City. He would consider himself to be fairly popular with a large network of friends and contacts. Yet when it comes to finding the perfect lady, it seems as elusive as ever. His family have introduced him to lots of other single Muslim ladies, as have his friends. But for one reason or another, he’s not quite found what he was looking for.
“It’s sad to see, but too many people who are looking for marriage already seem fed up of the whole process!”. “Too often my parents have made me visit a family to meet their daughter…who turns out to be the total opposite of what I am looking for..it just ends up wasting everyone’s time.”
He then tried out various online Muslim marriage websites. He came across some good potential partners, however even then he found that after some initial conversation, things would fizzle out. All that time spent searching and getting to know someone online ended up being time wasted.
“It’s such a long process using these websites…it would take a lot of searching before I would come across someone who I thought was OK. I would message them…and then wait for a response which often came a few days later….the whole process is just so long winded..and expensive!”. “It’s slightly disconcerting that marriage websites want you to pay monthly fees; it’s at odds with the fact that they want you to be successful and not be on their website anymore paying them money”.
Ahmed realised that time was passing, yet he was still at square one – no closer to finding that special somebody. Just the initial phase of actually searching someone out and getting in touch seemed to take weeks….which, for someone with a busy career and family commitments isn’t time that is easily available.
A friend of his mentioned muzmatch (www.muzmatch.com) a new mobile app which lets you instantly find potential Single Muslims who are nearby – cleverly using your phones GPS to get your location.
“It was a breath of fresh air! It’s abit like a Muslim Tinder but with a lot of Islamic Principles in mind. I can quickly open the app and decide whether I am interested in each Muslim profile it presents to me each day. If we both express an interest in each other we match and then we can message just like Whatsapp! No more waiting for days for an email response! And no spammy people messaging me all the time”.
A few days later on muzmatch Ahmed came across Sadia – a successful solicitor working for a family business. They both showed an interest in each other and matched! After a brief chat using the app Ahmed felt that she was what he was looking for.
“She was pretty, funny and above all grounded – she really wanted to improve herself Islamically – I loved that”. “She was seriously looking for someone – she even had a wali set up on her muzmatch profile which I reassured me”.
Ahmed hopes it leads on to something good – they’ve met and hit it off and the families are going to meet next week! Sadia told us
“muzmatch is quite a slick app and is very well made. I tried the usual marriage websites but got fed up of being constantly messaged by guys halfway across the world. With muzmatch someone can only message me once we both express an interest in each other. Its full of other professional single Muslims so I was pretty impressed when I came across someone like Ahmed shortly after downloading the app! And it doesn’t ask me to pay a subscription like all the other websites too!”.
Sadia was initially a little apprehensive about using an app to find a spouse, however when she saw how muzmatch allowed her to hide her photos and the grant access to them as and when she wanted to, it allayed her fears.
“I love that I can also add a wali or guardian to the app – so my older brother is added to my account and can see all my messages…other people know that he is on my account too so it helps make sure that all the messaging is sensible.”.
We caught up with Shahzad Younas – the founder and CEO of muzmatch.
“I decided to create muzmatch because I saw just how flawed and almost embarrassing conventional Muslim Marriage websites were..they hadn’t changed for years..whereas now Muslims are becoming more demanding in terms of what they want and how they want to find someone. I knew that muzmatch would have to balance the ability to find other single Muslims whilst making the app safe, private and above all Halal.”.
Some of the features of muzmatch really set it apart from western equivalents. Members who act in an inappropriate manner are flagged to others and have a lower “priority” meaning they are seen less by others – effectively weeding them out. Photo privacy, as well as the app supporting a Wali or Guardian really appeals to those who are sensitive to their Islamic values.
Interest has been overwhelming, with thousands across the globe already joining muzmatch within the first month of its launch. “We’ve already had over 12,000 matches which is phenomenal! I can’t wait to hear the news of our first muzmatch marriage!”
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My name is Halima and I'm from Gauteng, South Africa and my husband (Arshad) is from Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa; we are both South African Indians.
He liked my profile on muzmatch on the 8th of April 2018 and on the 9th we started chatting and Alhamdulillah, today we are husband and wife.
About a month before I joined muzmatch I remember speaking to my mother in the kitchen as we cooked supper and she had full confidence that I'd be getting married soon.
I told her that I felt that maybe I'm just not meant to get married and be happy, taking into consideration that I personally felt like one could never find a decent man whose intention is to make Nikah in this day and age.
My Moulana had recommended that I join Nikah/Muslim match-making groups and muzmatch populated amongst my searches, so I downloaded the app and registered. After a while I had lost hope so I deleted the app from my phone but did not deactivate my profile.
It was a Monday morning, I had woken up to get ready for work,
I checked my phone and I had an email notification from muzmatch which read "Arshad likes you".
I was quite surprised; I looked at his profile and his biography was quite captivating but it seemed so surreal - this was too good to be true.
I used the link in his bio to view his Facebook profile, we had a mutual friend which was my cousin that also resides in Kwa-Zulu Natal, so I felt a bit more assured that this is definitely real considering that I had started to think that this could potentially be a catfish.
We started chatting that very morning and there was an instant click. It felt like we were long lost friends because of how well we understood each other and could complete each others sentences. We had the same interests and the same intention; we could speak for hours on end without running out of things to say.
We had realized that we are most definitely soulmates.
Within 2 weeks he called my parents to ask for my hand in marriage. In July 2018 (21st), I booked a flight to visit him and his mum for the day and after spending time together we knew that this was the right decision and that Allah SWT had created us for each other.
We then saw each other once again in August 2018 (25th - A surprise for my 21st birthday planned by him and my mum); and again in November 2018 when he flew up to attend my younger sister's wedding with his mum, younger sister and brother-in-law.
Slowly the long distance had become difficult, our younger sisters were both already married and settled and we started wondering when would we actually get married. In February this year he decided to relocate to Gauteng and found a temporary job.
His dad visited my parents and they decided to set a Nikah date, Alhamdulillah once the date was set everything fell into place by the will of Allah. He found a job as a PC Engineering lecturer and we were able to find our own place with our parents help and support.
Today I am happily married, living my dream with my husband and I have wonderful in-laws that love me as much as they love Arshad.
The most important quality I wanted in a husband was someone that could take my family as his own and Alhamdulillah I found that in Arshad.
We are now a huge happy family Alhamdulillah.
Jazak'Allah muzmatch! Arshad has found me due to the creation of this wonderful app (He always says that he found me, not the other way around).
I would advise everyone to put their trust and faith in Allah SWT, never give up hope that Allah SWT will send the one who is meant for you when the time is right - for Allah is the greatest of planners. May all the other individuals find their spouses through this app as well Insha'Allah.
Halima & Arshad
My name is Yasmeen and I found my husband, Taymoor, on muzmatch on the last day of last ramadan. We were both divorced.
The first time we talked on muzmatch was in June and we got married one month later in August 2018. I always wanted to send our story to inspire others who are searching for a good husband and wife.
We are both Egyptians, from Cairo, we even work & live very near to each others in New Cairo city. I am a digital marketing manager and Taymoor is an IT manager. I am 37 years old and he is 40.
I have a daughter who is 12 years old, and I was searching for a real Muslim man who would be a good husband and father. Finally I found Taymoor, who is a good man and a good Muslim, he is very kind.
I am telling my friends that I found someone who really looks like me from the inside. He was divorced and also has a kid, who is 5 years old. When we first chatted on muzmatch we spoke for over 6 hours, he was surprised much we got on, he even thought that this was a prank!
I couldn't believe that I finally found the man I was looking for. The first time we met, was after Eid al futr, in the House of Cocoa, as Taymoor knew that I loved chocolate. We talked about ourselves for over six hours, I did not want to leave and neither did he.
After we met I told my family and friends, and he did too. He and his family visited us and we got married in only two months, I never imagined that I would find my soulmate and marry him that fast.
I always wanted to find a man to trust and love, after being a single mom for years, I found out that my dream man was hard to find, but alhamdullah I found him on your app.
Alhamdullah, we are very happy together, my daughter lives with us and his son visits us on the weekends. You cannot imagine how much I am now recommending muzmatch to all my friends.
It didn't even take me long to find my husband. I used the app for almost one month or less.
I am so happy alhamdullah now that I married a real muslim I always wanted.
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My name is Sara and I just wanted to thank muzmatch and let you know that I finally got engaged on 24th December 2018 and found my Fiance - Ghazunfar on the App.
We are really happy Alhamdulilah and just wanted to thank you for creating a platform for Muslims to find a suitable match for marriage!
I believe it's a real blessing because initially we matched but we didn't talk as he hadn't read my messages and was not appearing online. After around 4 weeks, I unmatched however after some weeks I logged in and I came across his profile again. After some giving it some thought I decided to rematch and give it a try again.
The next day he replied to me and the is history. Its been a almost a year since we matched on Muzmatch and we have set the Nikkah date which will be 1st March 2019 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
Our families are very happy and we are looking forward to entering into the blessed union of marriage Insha'Allah. We just wanted to say keep up the good work, may Allah bless you and request that you keep us in prayers.
One last thing to everyone using the muzmatch App - please do not give up, there is someone out there for us all!
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