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Latest trend in AmericanMuslim matchmaking -- finding love online

by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / February 28, 2004 1:19 AM PST
Muslims find love online.
>> Raised by conservative Pakistani Muslim parents, Saara Sheikh knew dating was out. Still, she rebelled at the idea of a traditional arranged marriage, skipping out on meetings her parents set up with potential spouses. Naseeb, a new online Muslim community, seemed like a good compromise. Sometimes called the Muslim version of Friendster, the site allows people to network with friends of friends. Part of Saara hoped she'd find her soul mate when she joined Naseeb. But getting a marriage proposal just three months later -- while on a snowboarding trip in Pennsylvania -- was way beyond her expectations.... <<
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Re:Latest trend in AmericanMuslim matchmaking -- finding love online
by Paul C / February 28, 2004 6:13 PM PST
In Naseeb, they've found a culturally sensitive middle ground that lies somewhere between dating, which experts say is discouraged by Islamic law, and the old-fashioned practice of marriages brokered by parents.

You want to know the truth as I see it, Dave? This is precisely the kind of thing that the Islamofascists can never accept or even tolerate, since to do so is to cede their stranglehold over Islam and to allow it to do what every other religious tradition has been forced to do - adapt to the modern world. Not all faiths have done equally well at this adaptation, but Islam's answer to this has been to attempt to force the world to fit its worldview - a hopeless task, IMO.
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Re: Latest trend in AmericanMuslim matchmaking -- finding love online

Hi, Paul.

It's not just Islam -- India is having the same problems in terms of women's rights and arranged marriages, and the religion there is Hinduism.

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I'm very happy for Sheikh! :-) And the fact that the parents ...
by Rosalie / February 28, 2004 7:44 PM PST

gave their blessings. What could be a happier ending? I think it's wonderful this alternative to arranged marriages is available for Muslim women.

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