This is why Muslim Marriage sites are wack!

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It’s on‘s frontpage right now. If it reaches a 1,000 diggs it’ll probably be in the top 10 for the week. is wack!  Why?  They don’t have privacy policies when it comes to profile pictures.  Even non-Muslim related sites like Facebook and MySpace provide this option.  Then again if matriomonial sites didn’t prodive pictures of the members then no one would join.  I guess that’s why all the sisters are wearing niqab.  I never liked the Muslim matrimonial sites.

In my personal opinion, Facebook does a lot better job in hooking up Muslims than any Muslim marriage site.  Don’t lie!  You know you Facebook’d your wife/husband and/or fiance/fiancee and/or future prospectives.  For the brothers, they love to see the sister has only sisters on her wall (but yet the brother can have sisters on his wall).  For the sisters, they love to see that in all his pictures he’s with only brothers.  Actually I just made those up, I have no idea what brothers and sisters expect.

This is not a pro-Facebook-Marriage-Seeking-Machine post, but Facebook has many more advantages than any Muslim matrimonial site.  How many people do you know are registered on any of these Muslim matrimonial sites?  How many people are your friends on Facebook?  Bingo!  That’s the halal jack pot right there.  It’s all about connections.  How many marriages do you know have happened through connections rather than matrimonial sites?  In fact how many marriages do you personally know came out of these matriomonial sites?

The real question is who uses these sites?  And why?

44 Replies to “This is why Muslim Marriage sites are wack!”

  1. Oh, and I tried,, and – only seemed to have any promise, and eventually I met my wife through it (though also kind of through since she didn’t have a paid account).

  2. You know a lot of Muslims talk about arranged marriage, saying its so terrible because you don’t know the person you are marrying (which isn’t in Islam at all) – but for the sake of argument what’s the diff between these crappy sites and arranged marriage. Quite frankly I thinks it’s totally haram and immoral to scan through a catalog of people looking for the best face you can find to marry.

    And what’s more annoying? – the advertisements with a giant picture of a “Muslim” girl – what are they trying to sell here? A service for marriage for Muslims who can’t find a mate – or a site where you can judge a bunch of people for how they look.

    For all those people at Digg who think this is new : you might want to watch this vid:

  3. Muslimahs use the sites because they have no other options. It’s very difficult getting married in the US. We already have a very limited pool and certain brothers also have specific requirements like age, skin color, nationality etc. Luckily for them they can go overseas to get married or marry non-Muslims but we can’t. This is the only option some sisters have. May Allah help us find righteous spouses whatever the means inshaAllah.

  4. As salaam alaikum

    u shouldnt knock those sites down, i have heard of many people who have found their prospective spouses on eharmony,, or even

    We dont have any better alternatives unfortunately…

    Meanwhile why dont people try out Halal Hookups?

  5. what about the view that Allah will fix someone for you if it is destined? If not He will not. Even if you do not search whoever you are destined to marry and at the right time will turn up.

    I have been divorced now for 6 years and still have not come across even one suitable person in those years, my patience often fails but what can one do….these marriage websites are rubbish I agree.

    The good news is I am getting old and hopefully soon the need for marriage will be lost.

  6. Kearns and H. Ahmed – You guys didn’t read my post carefully. I am talking about Muslim matrimonial sites. Eharmony and are non-Muslim sites. They probably do a much better job than Muslim ones. was useful in the past pre-facebook of course. In 2008, though, it’s a different story. Right now all those Muslim matrimonial sites are pretty much wack in my personal opinion. All of them are into making money instead of hooking people up.

  7. I know a handful of couples that met through or other Muslim matrimonial site but you’re right, most Muslims meet through connections.

  8. When I first came across that site (completely accidentally), I wondered if that was even halal. I still seek an answer to that question.

  9. I guess a lot of people use them and we don’t know how much. Most of muslims i would say use facebook more than myspace. its more halal than myspace. But when you are looking for a mate, you gonna search everything!

  10. One thing I did is explored that website and guess what I found?

    I found one of my friend’s profiles LOL. You should do the same–trust me, it’s a big laugh !!

  11. i love how ur calling muslim marriage networking sites whack (i totally agree!), but at the same time i see the ads for them on ur webpage…lol…what gives?

  12. For the brothers, they love to see the sister has only sisters on her wall

    Actually, the ideal sister wouldn’t be on fb to begin with. And if she did, she would have only sisters as her friends. lol.

  13. not only should a girl have only girls on her wall, she should have only girls on her friends list. or better yet, she shouldn’t even be on fb to begin with…

  14. “The real question is who uses these sites? And why?”

    Reverts to the deen, and anyone else who is not that well connected to a Muslim community. Muslim matrimonial sites are just one way to make the initial connection, nothing more. People in larger Muslim communities have access to “auntis” and imams and others who can help them find a spouse, but there are many people who don’t have access to that, nor do they have Facebook profiles full of eligible bachelors and bachelorettes.

    It’s not the right solution for everyone, but it certainly is not the worst thing in the world.

  15. Faraz – The aunty/uncle/family/imam connection is also not as popular. Muslims use instant messaging, Facebook, MySpace and other social outlets that allow users to have more privacy than these Muslim Matrimonial sites. They also provide a more realistic look to the person than the matrimonial sites.

  16. So has this actually worked for anyone?

    I’ve tried every route under the sun. Matrimonial sites, parents, friends connections and so on.

    Im not looking to do something that goes against the grain of islam, but its really difficult these days to meet people, especially if you dont reside in a large muslim community.

  17. To be honest? may have been the vehicle, but there is no doubt in my mind, or my wife’s mind, that it was all the hand of Allah. Prayer, prayer, prayer and the rest will find a way…

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  21. lol! hahahahah 🙂 …. this thread was hil-ar-ioussss to read! 🙂

    MR: One thing that’s absolutely true — you NEVER know who visits these matrimonial sites, because, in essence, you don’t know much about the people who started these sites. Who are they? What kind of crowd they attract? Who they advertise their site to for traffic? What school of thought (madhab) they adhere to?

    Sometiimes we think these sites are as big AS THE WORLD — everyone from all over goes to them, so our chances our better.

    But at the end of the day, it’s a small crowd. Real small.

    So knowing who runs a matrimonial site, and knowing about them, matters. Because people flock to the name. And the reputation of these mat sites. I, for one, thought it was simple — go, post a profile, and pray.

    But, after thinking about it, I see that it’s more complicated. In short, I agree, mats are wack.


  22. Salams

    I agree that some of these sites are not ideal because there it is very difficult to find a potential match by just reading a 5 line paragraph about the person.

    At the same time it can potentially provide a safe means to meet someone.

    The problem is, it is very hard to see if the person who posted the profile is serious. Also it is way to easy to register and so people may feel shy to post details about themselves because someone they know who is not interested in marriage but really interested in poking fun might come across their profile.

    May Allah give assistance and love to all

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  24. salams

    A few thoughts:

    1.) I kindly disagree with MR on whether Facebook is better than these websites or not – because essentially they are the same. The amount of details you get from or is dependent on what the person decided to put up about themselves, whether it be visual or written details.

    2.) All websites have various degrees of photo control, and even then its really up to the individual (man or woman) what to put up. If you’re a muhajjabah, then you’ll put up hijabiified pics of yourself as you are out in public, of course.

    3.) I’ve been on plenty of those sites before, I have indeed come across quality people and matches, so they definitely exist. I know plenty of people personally who are on those sites as well. And out of the six-and-something billion people in the world, there are six-and-something billion different personalities. You find out a lot about people by reading what they’ve written about themselves, what personality profile they fit into – in fact a former site MuslimMatrimonialsNetwork (MMN) which I believe is now folded into, it had Dr. Hartmann’s color personality profile available for free for every member and it was freakishly accurate, in fact I’d say its hands down one of the most accurate personality profile tests out there. You just can’t get that on Facebook.

    4.) People join for all sorts of reasons. Some people, like me, join because we like having multiple access routes for finding a suitable partner. Although I live in the Toronto area which is one of the four biggest Muslim population centers in North America, that cannot be the only market I look in for a prospective spouse. Why should I deny myself all the other major cities and population centers? So of course, I’m gonna go through the aunty networks, the professional connections, the family and friends networks (which includes Facebook), I’ll go through the matchmaking services – both personally tailored ones and generic one like the matrimonial sites. Its just straight up statistics. I have a better chance of finding more suitable matches if I use all available options, rather than restricting the pool to just one or two areas / options.

    5.) Some profiles are not serious at all, in fact I’ve come across plenty of profiles where the pic was of a sister that I personally know, but the profile was completely different location, personality, everything. i.e. – someone had lifted her pic from somewhere [either another matrimonial site or facebook] and then posted it on that profile, pretending to be her or just using that pic instead of their own. God alone knows their full intentions.

  25. AA

    I strongly disagree with your point MR. It’s entriely up to the person how he uses (or abuses) those matrimonial websites. I personally found my other half through and have been living happily since then alhamdulillah. Every one and everything in this dunya has shortcomings…


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  28. Muslims are in an error so manifest that it is relogating them to the ignorance of the arab days before islam. Marriage to these people has become a process void of any integrity, value or meaning. The idea of marriage amongst 99% of muslims is a practice not that distinguishable from entering a brothel and choosing your sexual partner. the small difference is that the partner who in islams case is usually chosen for you must remain your sexual partner for good.I say hail the brothel in this instant…. muslims wake up.

  29. I want to agree with the above comment by sol…… Its a strong comment but the strength of the pain that comes with the alternative is stronger.Muslims must become more outgoing and honest and earn the freedom they are appointed by allah…. Im talking to muslim girls who are duped by a false responsibility to all but allah when they get married. Stop hiding behind your hijabs. this hiding is the hiding of cowards.

  30. Single muslim to find marriage in any western country is difficult. Personally my self as a young muslim have struggled…. even with my handsome looks 😉 I think people have resulted to trying different techniques to come across other muslims. There are social groups and I even tried online marriage websites… last one i tired was free shaadi which was okay. Nice thing about islam as well is you do have family introductions which a few of my friends have benefited from. Who knows what the future holds. Allah kareem.

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