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Members can filter their search down to Islamic dressing (hijab or no hijab) and how often the person prays.
Muzmatch is not the only player in the Muslim dating-app game.
“We are conducting the entire process of finding someone with a tick-box mentality. “We have become overly specific on ensuring an individual has X, Y or Z or earns a certain amount, as opposed to seeing how suitable the person is with respect to personality and life goals and ambitions.” According to Psychology Today, people have the tendency to fill in the information gaps with flattering details when looking for mates online, while making themselves appear as desirable as possible, even if that means exaggerating their positive traits.
Adeela*, 22, has tried Minder and Tinder in her quest for “an open-minded brown guy who adheres to the same moral standards,” which, to her, means a guy who does not drink or do drugs, and of whom her parents would approve.
Instead of going the traditional route, they are taking the search into their own hands while respecting their parents’ beliefs and wishes.
Since most pools of friends are no longer in the habit of matchmaking (a lost art), many singles from all backgrounds are left with stories of many, many awkward coffee meetings.
But for those of us who continue to search for a proper soulmate—regardless of preference—one thing is for certain: Bad dates know no religious bounds.
“I wanted something that was radically different than what was out there while borrowing some of the good ideas and concepts of western dating apps,” he says.
Part of the app’s differentiation was speaking to the diversity within Muslim communities.