Have you ever been to a “Halal” speed dating event? In the past, Mosques or Muslim organizations would hold “Single Muslim Events” where single Muslims would show up with the hopes of finding someone suitable to marry. The event would be basically a game of musical chairs, where each man would speak to each woman for a few minutes. They basically took the idea of “speed dating” and tried to apply the structure to Muslims, but there is a reason why it doesn’t work for Muslims. Speed dating is made for dating, where people need just surface level information about each other since the relationship is temporary. Muslims are here to get married, not date, and being that their looking for life-long partners, they need more than 3 minutes to figure out if this person is “the one”. Seriously!
The copy & pasting of the “dating” structure is nothing new. Most Muslim Matrimonial sites online borrow the structure of dating sites.. They ask you very basic questions like “what’s your eye color?”, or “what’s your hair color?”. If you plan to spend the rest of your life with someone, you need to know more than just that. You need to know about their values, morals, ethics, how they practice their Deen, how family oriented they are etc…That is why with HalfOurDeen.com, we started over and decided to develop our site completely different than the other sites.
Ever since the success of HalfOurDeen.com, I’ve been getting a lot of people asking me to do an Offline event because they want to meet people in the local area. I told myself that if I was going to hold a Half Our Deen Offline event, it would have to be COMPLETELY different than all the past Single Events done by other Muslim organizations. Similar to Half Our Deen online, the Offline version would have to be unique and take a COMPLETELY unique and innovative approach to a single Muslims event.
I have since developed a new way to hold such events and I hope to raise the bar once again, InshAllah. The first ever Half Our Deen Offline event will be on March 26th, 2011, in Orange County, CA. If you’re interested, please visit hodoffline.com for more information. Seating is limited and registrants are filtered for compatibility purposes. Find out more on hodoffline.com
JazakAllah Khair and hope to see at the event, InshAllah