After a couple of months of matching and messaging, he swiped right on Virginia-based Leyali.They progressed from messaging to texting to phone calls and Face Time dates to a coffee date in Ohio — and strong feelings soon developed on both sides.The rest is history: After a brief period of “halal dating” (defined by Amer as “dating for the purpose of marriage”), Amer and Leyali married.Haroon Moktarzhada, a dot-com veteran who co-founded Minder, explains the app’s appeal this way: “If you’re a Muslim limiting yourself to dating Muslims, your pool is small — mosque, school, and work friends.“In America, the expectation of what a marriage is is very different than in more traditional, conservative societies,” he says.“One of the things we tried to do with the app is be unapologetically progressive.” With this view, Minder requires profile photos (Ishqr hides pics until a match has been accepted) and avoids restrictive religious features: “We didn’t want it to be a religious thing.
Still, online dating comes with the usual pitfalls.
Partners could determine for themselves if their families would approve or not approve.” Bliss is currently on hiatus (Memon says it found more traction in the Middle East than in the U.
S.) but Minder 2.0 will be released later this year, and Ishqr is partnering with therapists and clinicians to build knowledge and resources around relationship issues specific to American Muslims.
Allow the paparazzi to invade every aspect of my life until it ends in a car crash that kills me? “Apps are just another way to meet other people,” she says.
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But then she discovered a group of like-minded friends on a tiny listserv called “Mipsterz” — Muslim Hipsters — and began to create a community of her own.* “The listserv started as a joke,” she says — but it soon became much more. ” A year later, those conversations led Mubeen to create the website Hipster Shaadi, its name playing off the Indian matrimonial site shaadi.com, a favorite platform of immigrant parents wanting to fix up their American children with nice Muslim prospects back home.