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A Message from the muzmatch CEO

What a year 2018 has been! It’s been a lot of tireless effort by our hard working team at muzmatch this year. We’ve said hello to some new people, said goodbye to a few others and have grown our family in a big way.

As we approach one MILLION members, 2018 has seen over 12,000 people around the world find their partner on muzmatch. From Indonesia to South America we have seen our members connecting on muzmatch and flying across the world to meet their future partner.

We’re always blown away when we see photos of our international weddings and read their stories of how two hearts met. Reading Aishat’s diary of her journey to her Nikah was a real delight. Novilia and Harun’s wedding outfit surely wins the photo of the year!

We filmed and launched our first ever TV ad which was broadcast over the entire month of Ramadan on Islam Channel. We were also the first Muslim tech company to ever run a large national UK campaign, on buses in Manchester, Birmingham and London, as well as running ads on the London Underground. All helping to grow the community, spread the awareness and help you find your partner sooner!

I was invited to the Eid celebrations at 10 Downing Street and had the opportunity to meet the UK Prime Minister. It is not often we are given the means to talk directly to the powers at be so I took the opportunity to relay Muslim concern regarding the UK’s involvement in the conflict in Yemen.

Raising money for a good cause is a duty. We rolled up our sleeves and got our hands dirty – with myself and Ryan getting on our bikes and doing the gruelling ride from Cambridge to London. The entire team then trekked the 22km Seven Sisters hike, raising £8,000 for school meals for children in Sudan. Thank you to every single one of you who donated!

So what have our engineers been been upto this year? We’ve listened to your feedback, ideas, thoughts and wishes and have done our best to build and enhance muzmatch in a way that works for our entire global audience.

We know you wanted the muzmatch app to be faster, and the chat to be better. And we’ve made big progress here – all whilst growing faster than ever this year. We’ve made a ton of changes and improvements behind the scenes, and our engineers are always tinkering away here. Sometimes at all hours of the day and night. Because we care!

Keep your eyes peeled – we’ve got lots of exciting features and improvements coming to muzmatch in 2019. Our goal is to make it ever easier to talk to other members, to share what’s important to you and to make that all important connection.

We are here to help you – and be at your side as you go through this important life journey. We’ve made it even easier for you to contact us with our new Contact and Report screen. With just the shake of your phone you can easily let us know if you see something not quite right or if you want us to look at something for you. We now have full time Community Managers who are here to respond to your queries as well as manually moderate the thousands of new members joining daily.

We’ve made it even easier for you to Sign Up and Sign In too! We completely rebuilt this from scratch, whilst also working to make sure muzmatch never forces you to enable any app permissions. All in the spirit of doing things right.

Whilst our offices are here in London, UK, we never forget our tens of thousands of users abroad. We’ve done a lot of work to make muzmatch more native, and more familiar to them. Our team spent many months rebuilding large parts of the app and it was a huge milestone for us to release the app in 13 different languages. French, Spanish, German, Arabic. Turkish, Malay, Indonesian, Urdu, Hindi, Farsi, Bengali and Dutch. But we couldn’t have done it without YOUR help – so thank you to all those who took the time to help us translate the app into their language.

We end the year with huge ambitions for 2019. With a hilarious London Underground ad campaign due to hit this week (you’re going to love it!), we are starting with a real splash! We’re also delighted to welcome Alex, Martin, Andrew, Jack, Mihai, Camille and Ilja to the family. We have huge plans for 2019 and we’re investing in the team to achieve this. I couldn’t be more proud or more excited for the team we have and the possibilities for 2019. We genuinely do have the best jobs in the world!

Alhamdulillah. We want to thank every single one of you for supporting us, for helping us to make muzmatch the best and biggest app out there, and for allowing us to serve you.  We take this responsibility seriously. Our goal is to be the biggest app for Muslims globally to find their partner the halal way.

May muzmatch continue to make this possible and help even more Muslims around the world complete their deen through our app. Your duas and good wishes are always appreciated.

May you all find your partners in 2019!

Shahzad Younas

CEO


♥ from muzmatch

If you would like to write for us, email us: marketing@muzmatch.com

1 month ago

Get married, free, on muzmatch.

muzmatch x My Big Fat Halal Blog

Hey everyone, it’s Ayesha from My Big Fat Halal Blog (MBFHB)! MBFHB is one of the UK’s biggest halal food platforms where I share halal restaurant reviews, recipes and travel guides! You can find out more about what I do on my website or Instagram.

Today, I’m collaborating with muzmatch to share some of my top Ramadan recipes. We hope you try them out and we would love to see any of your recreations.

DATE SUHOOR SMOOTHIE BOWL:

Here’s a simple recipe for this delicious, filling smoothie bowl packed with nutritious dates… the only dates you should be having this Ramadan! ;)

Suhoor Smoothie Bowl

INGREDIENTS

1 banana, plus extra slices to garnish

5 pitted medjool dates, plus extra, chopped, to garnish

250ml semi-skimmed milk

2 tsp cocoa powder

1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tbsp ground nuts, to decorate

METHOD

Simply put all the ingredients in a blender, and whizz until smooth. Pour into a bowl, over ice, if you like, then arrange the nuts, extra banana and dates over the top to serve.

POTATO CUTLETS:

Let’s be honest, it wouldn’t be Ramadan without fried treats! Below is a recipe for my spicy, moreish potato cutlets.  They’re always a hit with everyone!

Potato Cutlets

INGREDIENTS

750g Maris Piper potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks

11⁄2 tbsp garam masala

2 tsp chilli powder

1 tbsp ground coriander

Handful of coriander, roughly chopped

2 tbsp plain flour

1 egg, lightly beaten

60g breadcrumbs

3 tbsp vegetable oil

Chutney/spicy salsa, to serve

METHOD

1.Put the potatoes in a large pan and cover with water. Bring to the boil, then cook for 18-20 mins, until tender. Drain and set aside for 15-20 mins, until cool enough to handle.

2. Add the garam masala, chilli powder, ground coriander and fresh coriander to the potatoes. Season, then mash until smooth.

3. Wet your hands, then shape the mixture into 10 round patties, about 1cm thick.

4. Put the flour, egg and breadcrumbs onto separate plates, then dip each patty first in the flour, then the egg, then the breadcrumbs to coat.

5. Heat the oil to medium-high, then fry the patties in batches for 2-3 mins on each side, until golden brown. Drain on kitchen paper, then serve with a chutney/ spicy salsa for dipping.

UM ALI:

A feast would not be complete without dessert! Try out this delicious Egyptian bread pudding known as Um Ali. It’s made with croissants, nuts and condensed milk and it’s absolutely delicious!

Um Ali

INGREDIENTS

850ml semi-skimmed milk

1⁄2 x 397g can condensed milk

1⁄2 tsp ground cardamom

1⁄4 tsp ground cinnamon, plus extra to serve

1 tsp vanilla extract

100ml double cream

1 tsp unsalted butter

4 all butter croissants, roughly torn

2 tbsp desiccated coconut

2 tbsp flaked almonds

2 tbsp unsalted pistachios, chopped

2 tbsp seedless raisins

METHOD

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/Gas 4.

2. Stir the milk, condensed milk, cardamom, cinnamon and vanilla extract together in a saucepan. Slowly bring to the boil and simmer gently for 2mins, stirring occasionally. Add the cream and carefully bring back to the boil, then remove from the heat.

3. Using the butter, grease a round baking dish, roughly 22cm in diameter and 5cm deep, and cover the base with half the croissant pieces.

4. Sprinkle over half each of the coconut, almonds, pistachios and raisins, then pour over the milk mixture.

5. Top with the remaining croissants, nuts and raisins, plus an extra pinch of cinnamon.

6. Bake in the oven for 20-25mins until golden and bubbling, then leave to stand for 10 mins before serving.

I hope you enjoy these recipes and will try them out! You can find more of my recipes at mybigfathalalblog.com.

1 day ago

One-Week Married! #muzmatchsuccess

My husband and I got married last week! I wanted to share our story with you. Jarred and I started talking earlier this year and had an instant connection.

Jarred is from Connecticut and I'm from Texas. He was in Arkansas for school and recently graduated and was interested in meeting someone so he downloaded muzmatch.

We started talking and realized how much we had in common and quickly became serious about each other. We complimented each another in so many ways: prioritizing our deen, family and wanting to make a positive difference in the world.

Jarred then drove to see me. After that, we were certain we wanted to get married and decided to have our nikkah before Ramadan. We've been married almost a month now and it's been a wonderful adventure!

We're so happy! Jazakallah khair for connecting us!

1 day ago

Our Mixed Race Marriage #muzmatchsuccess

Alhamdulillah, thank you Allah and the muzmatch team!

I'm from Indonesia and my husband is from Germany, but he is Russian.

What a blessing it is to have a mixed raced marriage!

I knew my husband from muzmatch since May 2017 and then he visited Indonesia in November 2017. I didn't believe he was serious until he visited me and my family.

Months later, I flew to Germany and found work there because I wanted to be close to him.

I was in love.

Finally on 28 Dec 2018, we had our nikkah which fell on the last Jumu'ah of the month and in March 2019 we got officially married.

Thank you to the muzmatch team!

2 days ago