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They don't get why you cover your hair or why you don't eat during Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. I've been asked countless times if we get hitched solely through arranged marriages.
(We don't.) Some people seem to have a notion Islam is stuck in the 15th century.
And ultimately, they're proof that we, like 15 percent of Americans, use technology to find love."We're the generation that was born with the rise of technology and social media," says Mariam Bahawdory, founder of Muslim dating app Eshq, which, similar to Bumble, allows women to make the first move.
"It's not like we can go to clubs or bars to meet people in our community, because there's a reputation to uphold and there's a stigma attached to going out and meeting people."That stigma, prevalent in many immigrant communities, also applies to meeting people online, which is generally viewed by some as desperate.
But as more people sign up for these apps, that notion is being challenged, says Muzmatch CEO and founder Shahzad Younas."There is an element of taboo still, but it's going," Younas says.
Even the word "dating" is contentious among Muslims.
Around six weeks later, they met in person for dinner in New York City.
"It felt like I was meeting up with a friend for the first time," Azizi-Ghannad says.
When creating my profile, I was asked to indicate my level of religiosity on a sliding scale, from "Not practicing" to "Very religious." The app even asked for my "Flavor," which I thought was an interesting way to describe which sect of Islam I belong to (Sunni, Shia, etc.).
One person on the app might be looking for something more casual, while another might be seeking a serious relationship that leads to marriage. Several "About me" sections just said "Ask me."I did get a kick out of some of the lines in the bios, like: "Trying to avoid an arranged marriage to my cousin," "Misspelled Tinder on the app store and, well, here we are," and, "My mother manages this profile." I didn't doubt the veracity of any of those statements.