Half Our Deen Offline 2016 is here. New events, new cities, plenty of matches
HalfOurDeen events are different. They aren’t like the typical Muslim-speed-dating events that herd all of the attendees into a room and force them to fend for themselves. You know there is supposed to be some type of structure and that your chance of finding an agreeable potential spouse is higher. You have heard the statistics and seen how many matches were made at every event and on our website. But knowing all of this doesn’t help to settle your stomach, as your sweaty palm turns the knob leading to what could be the best marriage event you ever attend or just another bust. (more…)
Recently, we have made some improvements to Half Our Deen. The new design is now mobile friendly, which means you can use it via your phone or tablet. Although we have made some improvements to the site, we still have a lot more to do in the upcoming weeks. We thank you for your patience.
We pray that you had a blessed and fulfilling Ramadan and a joyful Eid.
Ramadan was a month of mercy and a time to grow closer to Allah (swt). It was also an excellent time to continue making duaa to find your other half. During Ramadan there are many times when supplications are accepted so hopefully you took full advantage of them! Now that the month of supplication has concluded it is time to refocus on your search for your other half.
We have been busy here at Halfourdeen.com rolling out a few new updates over the past month. One of the new features we now have is that everyone is required to fully fill out their profile. Many members have complained in the past that users would sign up and keep their profile rather bare. This made it difficult for the other members to learn more about them. As such, anyone who has not filled out their profile will be prompted to do so prior to accessing the rest of the site. All surveys must be completed and a minimum of 300 characters must be in both the “About Me” and “About My Spouse” fields. It is our hope that this update will allow all users a fair insight into each other.
Additionally, we are working on developing new features for the site that will be added in the coming months. One of these features is the much sought after private photos! Insha Allah, once this feature is added users will have the ability to hide their photos and share certain only with people they are interested in.
We have also been busy running a few offline events in the past couple of months. Our last three events were held on the East Coast, in Chicago, Boston, and New York. These events had a combined total of 180 attendees resulting in 54 matches! We are beyond excited to have helped more than 100 people find their potential other half.
InshaAllah, we will be having more offline events all over the country in the coming months. The upcoming events will be held in:
New York – November 2013. Sign Up Here
Virginia – TBD
Atlanta – November 23 2013. Sign Up Here
Los Angeles – November 2013 (Thanksgiving Weekend). Sign Up Here
Chicago – December 2013 (Xmas Weekend). Sign Up Here
For more information on these events, and others, be sure to visit www.halfourdeen.com/offline
May this Ramadan have been a fruitful one for you and your family and a means of bringing you closer to finding your other half. May you spend next Eid with the spouse of your dreams. Aaameen
It’s time for another update with all the amazing things happening at Halfourdeen.com! Over the past few weeks we have been blessed with having not one but rather three separate news stories released that showcase the uniqueness of Halfourdeen.com. We also have some updates on the latest Halfourdeen Offline events.
Illume Magazine produced an article that offers not only insight into how Baba Ali came to the decision to start Halfourdeen.com but also shares the story of our very own Afra and Sammy. It highlights the main philosophy behind Halfourdeen.com and what sets us apart from other Muslim matrimonial services.
They also released an infographic with our statistics from 2012. This graphic is a great way to get the gist of what Halfourdeen.com is. It would also be a great link to send to friends or family who have not heard of Halfourdeen.com before.
The third piece was both a radio interview and article by KALW 91.7FM in San Francisco. A local reporter came out and covered the HOD offline event that happened there recently. She shares both her thoughts on the event as well as those of some of the attendees.
Our latest offline event was our first event ever (!) on the East Coast. It was held in New York and brought in over 72 attendees and 22 mutual matches MashAllah! It was an overall success with glowing reviews. R.K, said “the event was well organized and an appropriate environment where Muslims can seek out their other half’” and N.M said she “felt the most comfortable she could be in a situation like this”. To cap off the evening we had our NY success story couple attend the event to share their inspiring story!
Lastly, inshaAllah we are continuing to bring HalfOurDeen offline to as many cities as we can this year. Below is an updated list with cities and dates. As more cities are planned we will be sure to let you know!
Orange County – April 6th –Sign Up
Tampa FL – April 6th – Sign Up
Santa Clara – April 14th – Sign Up
Dallas, Texas – April 14th – Sign Up
Phoenix, Arizona – April 20th – Sign Up
Boston, MA – May TBD Sign Up
Chicago, IL – June TBD – Sign Up
Along with running Halfourdeen.com we also strive to bring Half Our Deen Offline events to as many cities as we can. These events take all the things you love about HOD and deliver them in person. They are unlike any other Muslim matchmaking event you have ever been to.
One of the ways we differentiate ourselves from other events is by screening those who wish to attend, in order to insure that there is a balance in the attendees. An HOD member who attended our last offline event noticed how helpful this was and had this to say on the matter, “The fact that there were an equal number of men and women was helpful in terms of making it more convenient to socialize”.
The greatest difference, however, is how the events are structured. A lot of care is put into facilitating an environment that allows everyone to feel comfortable and to get to know as much as they can about their potential matches. This comfortable setting is one of the aspects we get the most feedback on. After our last event one attendee wrote us to say, “I like the openness of the event. Everyone had a lot of freedom” and another said “I thought it was a great idea to have a somewhat casual dress code because it lets everyone be themselves and see others as they would if they bumped into each other, say, on a sidewalk or at a park.”
These events have been a great success, Alhamdulillah, with over 70 mutual matches. The HOD Offline team works hard to ensure they provide the best event possible but it is also important for those wishing to attend to take initiative in order for it to be a success for them. Some of the ways you can do that is by:
1) Come to the event with an open mind. Even though you may have an idea in your mind of who your ideal match is be open to the possibility that the perfect person for you may be slightly outside of that box.
2) Write down the questions that matter most to you. In the moment it is easy to get flustered and forget what you had wanted to ask. This insures that you gather the necessary information to make an informed choice.
3) Present yourself honestly. Don’t dress to impress if that’s not who you are! There is no right or wrong way to act or dress what matters is that the person that shows up on the day of the event is a true representation of who you are.
4) Put your trust in Allah and make duaa. No matter what you do or what the Half Our Deen team does, the only way you will find your match at an event is if Allah (swt) wills for it to be.
In the next few months we plan on bringing Half Our Deen Offline to the East Coast, Arizona and California. For more information on a certain event be sure to click on the link.
New York City – February 22nd 2013. Sign up here
Boston – February 23rd 2013. Sign up here
Chicago – February 24th 2013. Sign up here
Phoenix – March 2013 – Sign up here
Santa Clara – March/April 2013 – Sign up here
Orange County April 2013 – Sign up here
Texas – TBD
Thank you for letting Half Our Deen services be a part of your search for a partner. Please keep us your dua’as as we will continue to keep you in ours. May Allah guide you to that which pleases Him.
The latest Half Our Deen Offline event was held a couple weeks ago in Santa Clara, California, on September 29th. By the grace of Allah (swt) it was a smashing success! We could not be more proud of the team who worked tirelessly to ensure that things went smoothly. But most of all we are so very excited for all those who attended and who may have found their other halves.
Alhamdulilah, we had a packed house with 74 attendees. Everyone had a great time and at the end of the afternoon 84% of those who attended expressed interest in at least 1 person and 20 matches were made! All the effort that is put into Half Our Deen is in hopes of great outcomes like these. But you don’t have to take our word for it, here are what some of the attendees had to say:
“Wanted to take this opportunity to thank all the organizers for putting together such a unique and tailored event mA.” – Brother, 32
“I appreciate how organized this has been- pleasantly unusual for a Muslim-run event.”- Sister, 27
“First and foremost I would like to thank you for putting on an amazing HOD event. I felt as if it really worked for me. May Allah (SWT) reward the team for their hard work” -Sister, 28
“Hello HOD team – hope all is well on your end =)
First I wanted to just write and commend HOD for the event held in Santa Clara on 9/29. I have never attended a “matchmaking” event and probably will not want to attend another one – unless it’s being hosted by HOD. AH you guys have set the bar so high…by being exclusive, productive, and also respecting the privacy of the people attending. Its so funny you would never think that this process of “finding someone” would be so difficult but your team made it fun, comfortable, and humorous as well – which relaxed everyone. I was very nervous going in – but AH had a very good time and enjoyed interacting with everyone =)” -Sister, 35
“Jazak Allah Khair for hosting the event and working so hard to help us meet our other halves.” -Sister, 27
“ It was a really well-arranged event. This is the very first time I attended an event like this and was pleasantly surprised at the setup” -Brother, 30
The great news is we are working to bring our Offline events to many cities across the globe as possible. InshaAllah our next Half Our Deen Offline event will be in Tampa Bay, Florida on November 17th. The following weekend we will be back in California with an event on the 25th in Long Beach before jetting to Toronto, Canada in December. For more information, the full schedule and to sign up visit www.hodoffline.com .
Here at Half Our Deen it is our goal to change the face of Muslim matchmaking both on and offline. We take a look at how things are normally done then come up with a way that makes it more efficient, private, and successful, with help of Allah (swt). Alhamdulilah, our past 4 offline events have been a great success and we are getting ready to launch a few more in the coming months. But before we get to that what is a Half Our Deen offline event?
A typical Muslim matchmaking get together is set up in the same was as speed dating. You speak to a person for 5 minutes, ask as many questions as you can, and then debate whether to give them your contact information or not. By the end of the night you might have a list of names and numbers of people you really don’t know much about. Not only that, the only way you can find out more about them is to get in touch with each and every one of them.
Half Our Deen offline turns these awkward matchmaking events into one that brings results, and here is how:
1- We keep our events private. Only people who have registered and paid are told the location of the event. You will have no drop ins or uninvited guests.
2- Everyone who registers is required to fill out a survey about themselves. This survey helps us place you with potential matches that are compatible.
3- One of the first activities we do at the event is a personality test. Everyone will get a sticker that shows what type they are to go on their name tag. This way you can learn about them without having to even say a word. There will also be more activities throughout the night to get to know each other better.
4- Everyone at the event is required to have a Half Our Deen offline profile. That way no personal information needs to be exchanged. If you find someone interesting simply jot down their profile and check it out when you get home. If you decide you don’t like them after all simply click the “I’d rather fast” button and you won’t have to hear from them again. However, if you are still interested you can take the next steps, answer their questions, ask them to answer yours, and see where it goes!
By the grace of Allah (swt), these factors have helped us bring together 1 marriage and 36 matches in our last 4 events. Add to that the over 320 matches made online in the past two years and it is no wonder why Half Our Deen is one of the top Muslim matchmaking sites.
InshaAllah over the coming months we plan on holding offline events in 5 cities:
- Santa Clara, California – September 29 2012. Sign up here
- Southern California – November 2012 (Exact City/Date TBD). Sign up here
- Toronto, Canada – December 2012 (TBD). Sign up here
- New York City – February 2013. Sign up here
- London, England – TBD. Sign up here
Spots will be limited so make sure to grab yours before they are gone. If you want to learn more about our offline events and what makes them unique be sure to check out this video: