MDate Joins Ranks of Faith-Based Matchmaking Web Sites

MDate offers Muslim singles a place to find love online .

ByABC News
May 29, 2007, 5:16 PM

May 29, 2007 — -- Are you single and looking for love? If so, you're probably aware of the seemingly infinite number of Internet dating services available to singles of all shapes and sizes. E-harmony,, Gay Date, Veggie Date (for vegetarian singles) , and even Gothic Love Online to name a few have enjoyed tremendous success in the past few years, helping single men and women across the globe in their search for a compatible mate.

Now joining the ranks of JDate, for Jewish singles, and, a new online faith-based dating service called has arrived. "Muslims of all origins, background, converts, white Muslims, Asian Muslims, black Muslims, anybody, as long as you are within the Muslim faith group and single, we accept you on the service," said the site's founder, Adeem Younis.

Although available in the United Kingdom since 2000,, which also has Pakistani-, Canadian-, and Australian-centered Web pages, launched its U.S. site just last month to outstanding success, according to the founder.

"We launched the U.S. site three weeks ago," said Younis. "So far we have had a fantastic response with people registering from all over the U.S. It's a bigger success story than our U.K. site."

The Britain-based singles site, which now claims more than 100,000 users, was established seven years ago as a way for young Western-born Muslims to find compatible partners with similar values and interests. But is not a typical matchmaking service.

"I've got to stress that Singlemuslim is not an Internet dating Web site," said Younis. "It's an Internet marriage service. We operate strictly for marriage purposes, and everyone on the service should be looking toward getting married." bills itself as an "introductions agency" for young Muslims looking for a traditional marriage. Like many of its counterparts, the international site is profile-based, allowing members to Instant Message, chat, and exchange photos. However, has added privacy features that protect users' identities through secure profiles and photo galleries. Younis argues that these privacy settings, which cater mainly to female Muslims who want to put themselves out there while still retaining a certain level of anonymity, are what set apart from the rest.