They include Halaler, Muzmatch, Salaam Swipe, Half Our Deen (after the Koranic verse “When a man marries, he has fulfilled half of the deen,” deen being Arabic for ), Muslima, Crescent, and Minder.With around 67 percent of American Muslims under the age of 40 and the Muslim portion of the total U. population projected to double by 2050 (it’s currently 3.3.million, according to Pew Research), this slice of the American pie is growing increasingly vibrant.
Ishqr is a Muslim dating site that does not allow users to see the profiles photos of users they are interested in before swiping on, aiming to connect people based on personality rather than looks.
Other apps include Cresent and Salaam Swipe, which will both launch soon.
When Humaira Mubeen graduated from college in 2012, she fumbled around for a place that felt true to her.
A pop-culture-and-tech-savvy millennial with liberal values and a strong attachment to her Islamic faith, she’s a hybrid of different identities. There was a lot of dialogue about relationships: How do you go about finding someone who is like you?
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.
For millennial Muslims of South Asian extraction, Shaadi — with its tone-deaf profiles in awkward English and requests for “wheatish or fair complexions only” — is usually invoked as a punch line.But when sign-ups flooded in, Mubeen realized that her “lighthearted, jokey” personal project, with its sweet mustachioed logo, had become a mecca for modern, hybridized Muslims like herself.Last May, her team released an i OS version of the app called Ishqr, billed as “a platform to connect young and multifaceted Muslims.” Ishqr joins a host of new Muslim dating apps.Gone are the days when you'd be stuck in a tea-trolley situation.Especially for overseas Muslims, websites like were once the primary source for finding the 'perfect match' ' but that too has become 'unfashionable' as Muslim-Americans are now using matchmaking mobile apps in their quest to find love.Tinder, a matchmaking app where you can swipe through reams of desirable ' and not so desirable ' potential dates, seems to have taken over the western matchmaking scene and has recently inspired a new wave of innovations among marriage-minded Muslims who are trying to find their soul mates without having to troll the internet.