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Monday, January 5, 2009

Muslims Dating Online – a Modern Approach to Marriage

Muslims Dating Online – a Modern Approach to Marriage

Author: shazia shah

Muslims have a hard time finding love and romance. They have either the choice of an arranged marriage or finding a partner on their own initiative. When we talk of arranged marriages then it usually means that parents are involved and the potential newly weds would be able to meet each other and give their feelings if they are happy to go along with the wedding or to carry on looking. However, arranged marriages are becoming less and less popular in the West.
Young Muslims today have turned to other mediums to find love. Asking friends to match you up is fine but you never really know who that other person is. Many Muslims feel uncomfortable about dating as some young men and women are only interested in casual dating and nothing more serious or committed.
Muslim matrimonial sites have sprung up in response to the demand for a safe way for Muslims looking for marriage can meet. There is anonymity so all of your personal details are secured away from prying eyes. You will be able to view thousands of other Muslims profiles and can narrow your search down to find someone who fits your lifestyle and criteria exactly. Something that would be very difficult to do if you are relying on family to do. Let’s say for example that you are a practicing Muslim who prays 5 times a day and want to find someone who is equally committed to Islam. By viewing other members profiles you will be able to see what type of Muslims they are i.e. do they wear a hijab, niqab, have a beard, do regular prayers, etc.
One common misconception is that everyone on these types of meeting sites are lying or embellishing their profiles to make them more appealing. This may be true to a certain extent, but remember that these Muslims want to meet other Muslims for possible marriage, they would be deceiving themselves if they were to embellish their profiles.
Are ‘matrimonial sites’ permitted in Islam? Casual dating without the purpose for marriage is not permitted in Islam. Online matrimonial sites allow the users to speak with other members without having to go out with them. Parents can always play an active role in the search online too.
Online Matchmaking removes the awkwardness of meeting other single Muslims. No feelings are hurt and no one has traveled many miles to meet. There is an understanding that is shared on these Muslim matrimonial sites that is not felt on other dating sites. As an Islamic matrimonial site it is instantly viewed as a site where being a Muslim is the first criteria for all.
Living in a modern society where an estimated 50% of all marriages are destined to end in divorce, surely any advantages that can help us find a life long match is worth considering. Dating sites are also very common as 1 in 5 people have used some sort of online match making web site, this can only attest to its success and popularity. There is no longer a need for Muslims to feel that only the desperate use Muslim Matrimonial sites as these sites have proved themselves to be very appealing to Muslims from all around the world.

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Shazia Shah is a practicing Muslim and has been a driving force behind the Muslim Matrimonials website and With Muslim Members from all over the UK and rest of the world.

A Closer Look at American Muslim

A Closer Look at American Muslim

Author: Toby McLaren

A common American Muslim is well blended into the society, and there are many stories of successful Muslims in America. Some of the Muslims in America have migrated to the country in search of better opportunities, in terms of education and profession, and others belonged to other religions, but decided to convert to Islam. Several thousands of Muslims live in America and have been doing so for years, and now they are proud members of the Muslim community, as well as the American. All the Muslims in America have their own groups and societies, so that they can be connected to their native countries.

Most of them are second generation Muslims, but however they still are a part of their families. They too try to stay connected to their countries, and they prefer sometimes to find life partners from there too. There has been a significant change in the Muslim culture when it comes to America. Some of them, who are converts and also second generation Muslims, have been influenced by the culture of the country they live in. This is not approved by many of the first generation or all of them. Most of the Muslim community however works hard towards keeping the culture in place.

Mosques are not too uncommon in America, and all the states in the country have a few mosques. The total number of mosques would turn out to be a thousand and a little more at least. There are also Islamic schools and also schools among mosques, which of course cater to the needs of the Muslim society in the country. There are also several organizations for the Muslims in America. These organizations again are the way that the Muslim members connect to each other. They will be part of the social as well as other aspects of life in the country.

These organizations also allow American Muslims to turn to them in their times of need. They help all those in need of any kind of help. Some of the Muslims in this country also make sure that they marry within their community, turning to their families to help them find life partners. However, there is still a certain number of Muslims who seek their own partners. Muslim men are allowed to marry women outside their community but the Muslim women are not. This has not stopped the women from seeking their own partners.

In such countries, where finding partners may be difficult, the Muslim families engage themselves in taking up the task of finding good partners for their children. It is quite common for all of them to meet together, and the organizations of Muslims, help them in connecting to the other Muslims in the country. The number of Muslims in America is a very significant number, and they have become to contribute largely to the political, social and all other aspects of the country's culture.

The average American Muslim is generally pleased with the life he lives, managing to create a simbiotic relationship with the rest of the American society, but also keeping his culture authentic, respecting all customs and traditions, and following the Koran in every step he makes.

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American Muslim - They have grown in various ways and have contributed to this society greatly.