“For many Muslims — even those who don’t consider themselves very practicing — marriage is a serious decision and making use of a professional service just makes sense.”READ MORE: Dating someone with social anxiety isn’t easy — here’s how to make it work Dr.Saunia Ahmad, a clinical psychologist of Toronto Psychology Clinic, says while there are many types of Muslims out there, all with different needs when it comes to love, the concept of online dating for some may still be considered taboo.“Some Muslims are fine with it, while other more devout Muslims ask if this type of dating is OK or not,” she tells Global News.With a membership that numbers more than 35,000 lonely hearts, the app mimics traditional Muslim chaperone-accompanied matchmaking by allowing women to include guardians in their conversations with potential matches, and claims to be for single Muslims seeking marriage.
“It’s basically an unspoken rule that you don’t tell your parents you’re dating unless you’re getting married,” she says, admitting that, ironically, she’s looking for someone she can bring home to meet her family. “Being Pakistani, openly dating someone isn’t acceptable.quality=70&strip=all&w=300" data-large-file="https://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/02365439.jpg? quality=70&strip=all&w=1024" /Hindu devotees offer pray to the Sun god on the banks of the river Yamuna during Chhath Puja in New Delhi, India, Friday, Oct. During Chhath, an ancient Hindu festival, rituals are performed to thank the Sun god for sustaining life on earth and seeking the divine blessings. Due to the sensitive and/or legal subject matter of some of the content on globalnews.ca, we reserve the ability to disable comments from time to time. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India on Wednesday, Feb. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick " data-medium-file="https://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/18594571.jpg? quality=70&strip=all&w=300" data-large-file="https://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/18594571.jpg? quality=70&strip=all&w=1024" / Mason Raymond of Canada, skates off as Germany players celebrate after the semifinal round of the men’s hockey game against Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Feb. AP Photo/Matt Slocum " data-medium-file="https://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/germany-canada-hockey.jpg? quality=70&strip=all&w=300" data-large-file="https://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/germany-canada-hockey.jpg? (AP Photo/Manish Swarup) " data-medium-file="https://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/india.jpg? quality=70&strip=all&w=300" data-large-file="https://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/india.jpg? “Some people are concerned about judgment or not being a good religious person.” And when you are single, or on apps, for some, it may feel like the last resort.WATCH: How to navigate the world of online dating “Some people feel incomplete if they haven’t met someone or gotten married,” she says.X Signing up for Matchbox is free, but a single introduction is 0.