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.
“Muslims around the world have advanced degrees, but no one is taking on the challenge of creating a safe platform for educated singles to meet,” said Nasir, 37.
“I’ve taken on this challenge, and my goal is to make meeting a potential match innovative and seamless with a click of a button.” The app “curates” matches with a concierge service that assigns a matchmaking agent for each client.
Then the company sends couples, matched according to personalities and desires, on first dates.
“My parents would not have been OK with dating,” the Chicago-raised mother of three said as she pondered the idea of swiping for a match. Whether Muslim parents approve or not, a growing number of dating websites and apps target Muslims in the West who can say “dating” without blushing.
” asked San Jose resident Parisa Mirza-Khan, who met her husband through family, as many Muslim Americans used to do before technology began changing traditions.
Websites, such as Shadi, Muslima and Half Our Deen have been around for a while, but the mobile apps are the newest technology to help a growing community solve the conundrum of marital matchmaking.Muslims are spread across the United States, and those who want to marry within the faith have limited avenues for meeting.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.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.