The internet can be seen as a source of security and they can engage with somebody for period of weeks or months and not have to face them."There's also no way of knowing for sure if a potential date is lying about their marital status, age and identity, she added, which is particularly dangerous for women. So I don't think we can go back from that now.""There's an assumption that it will be like other apps out there that are used in a more nefarious way.(She pointed out that it was common for men to use online dating sites to find second or third wives). The very fact that they're on a Muslim site already shows that they have a different intention in mind."When asked if these Tinder-style apps could lead to a hook-up culture within the young Muslim community, Crescent's Hamid said that was certainly not his intention.
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Although she's now married, Awad said online technology would have been a great help during her quest for love."Using the internet has absolutely open doors that would have been completely closed to us before."While convenient and an obvious by-product of modern technology, Dr Ahmad isn't convinced online dating is the answer.
"The development of all these online dating services and apps are very symptomatic of the way Muslim marriage practices are now emulating Western forms of communication."Some people would rather not go to an event because they're afraid of the face to face rejection and so they hide behind the internet.
"You have a generation of young Muslims growing up here, and I suppose some of the methods that people may have used from their parents' home country may not necessarily be appealing or applicable to Muslims growing up in a Western context," Gamieldien said.
"So they would try and meet someone on their own."University College London sociologist and researcher Dr Fauzia Ahmad said the breakdown in family relationship is one factor that has contributed to the so-called Muslim marriage crisis in the West.
Jessa, founder of Salaam Swipe, also insisted that using a Muslim dating app is a good indicator of one's commitment to their faith and cultural values."I think there's an assumption that it will be like other apps out there that are used in a more nefarious way," he said.
"You know the very fact that they're on a Muslim site, already shows that they have a different intention in mind.
Like popular dating app Tinder, users swipe right on someone's profile if they're interested, and swipe left if they're not.