HOD News

Half Our Deen’s 2nd Anniversary!

Half our Deen turned 2 last week and we couldn’t be more excited! In fact, here is what Baba Ali himself has to say about this amazing milestone:

 

Since Half Our Deen launched in July 2010, no other Muslim Matchmaking site has been able to match the two features that we are known for; our Privacy and Price. With over 2200 active member using the site and over 320 success stories, Half Our Deen is one of the most successful Muslim Matchmaking sites on the net. It’s hard to believe so many success stories have come in just two years. Alhamdulilillah”

Two years ago we set out to create a Muslim Matrimonial website that was unlike anything else out there. We put our trust in Allah (swt), and made duaa it would be a successful means of bringing Muslims into healthy and happy marriages. While, we hoped for a great outcome we were happily surprised by how great of a response we had.

By the grace of Allah (swt), in this past year alone our number of matches have more than doubled to over 300, with new matches being made daily. The average time for a match to be found has also gone down to between 3-6 months. And with the number of active users at over 2200 and growing each day that time frame is bound to go down!

This past year has also been a productive one for us at Half Our Deen. Alhamdulillah, we were able to revamp and improve the website. We hoped to make it more visually appealing and functional for our users. So far the feedback we have received has been extremely positive. However, we are always looking for ways to make your matrimonial experience more convenient so if you have a suggestion on how we can improve make sure to let us know!

A new year of development is ahead of us and we couldn’t be more excited for what we have planned for this year. We couldn’t be happier that Ramadan is kicking off our new year. Ramadan is the perfect time for us to go back and re-evaluate our intentions and turn to Allah (swt) in duaa asking for his assistance in our our endeavours.

Ramadan is also an excellent time for all you out there searching for your other half! It’s a blessed time of renewal where duaas are accepted. It’s the time for you to turn to Allah in the middle of the night and ask for every specific thing you could dream of in a spouse and inshaAllah it will be granted to you when the time is right.

It is also the perfect time to break bad habits and build good ones With the hustle and bustle of normal life it is easy to continuously put off these goals of improvement. Ramadan, helps put what is important into perspective and gives you that extra push you need to start on your journey of betterment.

May Allah swt make this Ramdan a blessed and fulfilling one for all of us. Aameen!

Behind the Scenes at Half Our Deen

Here at Half Our Deen it is our goal to help the greatest number of couples find their other half. In order to do that we have a dedicated team who is constantly working to make Half Our Deen more efficient. One of the projects they we have been working on is a totally revamped and upgraded site! We are super excited about this development and hope it makes your experience on Half Our Deen even more pleasing.

The new Half Our Deen will be, not only, more appealing to look at but also includes new features and is easier to navigate. One of the upgrades that we take great pride in is added security features. Knowing that their data is private and secure is one of the biggest draws for our users. Keeping that in mind not only do we aim to maintain that security level but to increase it when possible.

As you know making money is not the main goal of Half Our Deen. Instead, the funds we have are invested back into the website to enrich your experience. While other websites might use the same template for years we believe in constantly changing for the better. Knowing that, by the grace of Allah, more than 315 couples have found their other halves on our site in just 23 months not only motivates us but also challenges us to raise the bar.

The current average time to find a match on Half Our Deen is five to eleven months. With some of our users finding there matches in as little as three! InshaAllah, we hope that by continuing to upgrade and evolve the popularity of Half Our Deen will increase and we can help even more of the Ummah find their match.

Next HOD Offline Event in San Diego, 14th July 2012

It’s that time again. We are running our first HOD Offline Singles Event of 2012 in San Diego on 14th July Inshallah.  In our first event, 48 people got a seat and we had 10 people matching up! At our next event, 70+ people got a seat and 18 people matched up and 1 couple got married. At our third event 42 people got a seat and we had 17 people matching up.

Half Our Deen Offline is different than your typical Muslim Matchmaking events, and the results speak for themselves. Of course, we cannot guarantee success, but we are waorking hard to make the event different and fun with the hope that there will be success in it InshAllah. 

The typical matchmaking event held by other organizations is limited to the “halal speed dating” method. Where you speak to one person for a few minutes, and speak to many throughout the evening. Then, you have to decide which one you want to speak to at greater length for the potential of marriage down the road. It is understood that you need to spend more than three minutes with someone to find your other half. A typical HOD Offline event allows more than a few minutes interaction through several activities. We spend alot of time in planning our events to ensure the best possible success. 

Below is some of the positive feedback we received from our previous attendees to show this: 

• “The chance to interact with potential candidates on a HUMAN level”

• “It was very well organized. I liked the table groupings. The people at my table were very easy to get along with. The activities were well thought out, and executed very well”

• “Interactive and comfortable. Right amount of times for each activity.”

• “I really appreciated how much work you all put into keeping everything so organized and sorting everyone out according to preferences and religious compatibility. That kind of extra care really made me feel like you guys truly care about all of us finding our partners.”‘

Spots are already being filled so don’t procrastinate. If you know you can’t make it, please tell the single brothers & sisters you know InshaAllah. 

We hope to see you soon filling out your survey and registering for HOD Offline by clicking http://halfourdeen.polldaddy.com/s/offline-hod-registration-san-diego

We look forward to helping you find your other half! :)

Jazakhallah Khair,

HOD Offline Team

www.hodoffline.com

Ads, Ads and more Ads

 

Have you ever felt like Muslim matchmaking sites not only charge too much for membership, but are also trying to sell you things while you search? “Cheap international calls!” “Social Muslim networking!” You’ll notice these banner ads, text ads, and if they hold your email address, you may be on a spam emailing list so even more ads are delivered to you personally. Isn’t it all a bit too much when you are trying to focus on finding a spouse?

In 2011, Half Our Deen had over 7 million page views, but yet, there was not one ad. That’s right, absolutely no banner ads, text ads, or any sort of ad whatsoever. Our monthly members paid only $9 a month and our annual members paid the lowest price for any Muslim Marriage site on the internet, at just $5 a month.

Even by charging a fraction of the competition, Half Our Deen pays monthly for four fast servers, so the site runs fast and smoothly, and even pays its entire staff because their effort is valued. So if you’re paying more than $9/month for Muslim Matchmaking, then you are most likely being overcharged.

Some companies have a goal of profit. Our goal at Half Our Deen is to bring single Muslim brothers and sisters together for the sole purpose of marriage. Alhamdulillah, 243 people from across the world have found their spouse through www.halfourdeen.com. Come and join us, and inshaAllah you too will find the one.

You won’t see an ad. We promise.

Half Our Deen Success Rate Update

Alhamdulillahir rabbil alameen, all praise is due to Allah.

In 2011, 243 Half Our Deen members told us they found their other half through the website mashaAllah! The actual number may be higher, as not everyone contacts us to tell us they found the one.

Baba Ali recalls,

“I remember one time I was standing in line at a Middle Eastern Festival and this guy walked up to me and said “Assalammu Alaikum Baba Ali, you don’t know me but I just wanted to tell you that my wife and I met on your site. Please don’t tell anyone”. His wife walked over and he signaled to her that “I told him” and then they walked away. At first, I found the whole 007 secret agent atmosphere strange, but then when I thought about it, I kind of understood. He wanted to get married but just like most of us out there, he didn’t want his picture all over the internet notifying the world that he is looking to get married and that’s why he chose Half Our Deen. Alhamdulillah.”

That is one of the best parts of choosing Half Our Deen- it is a completely private website, only accessible to paid members. So even if you find your husband or wife, you don’t have to tell us or anyone else how you did.

In February 2011, we had 24 people that found their other half. One year later, those numbers have flown up to over 200 people.

How did this happen? In many ways. With the blessing of Allah, first and foremost. Having members who are genuinely looking for marriage, mixed together with a private, and well developed space for them to contact one another, helps bring about successful outcomes. Time, money and effort has been spent creating a website that focuses on important marriage issues, and not just the eye color/hair color/height of people. Because we all know that these things do not create a long term and successful marriage.

So if you, or anyone you know, is looking for marriage, encourage them to join www.halfourdeen.com and who knows? Perhaps you could be the 244th couple to get married, inshaAllah.

Allah knows best!

New Video: What will the people say?

As-salam-alaikum,

It’s amazing how we focus more on pleasing the people rather than pleasing our Creator so I decided to make a video about this very subject. If my idea works, the the phase of “what will the people say?” will become so ANNOYING that it will be stuck in our heads, so the next time we hear it, we will remember the message behind this video, InshAllah. The reality is that I can’t change the world overnight but my hope it to make a positive difference within the Muslim Ummah….one video at a time – Baba Ali

What will the people say? – Baba Ali from Baba Ali on Vimeo.

For all the fans of the HOD Blog, I just wanted to give you something special. Please use Coupon Code: HODBLOG50 on www.muslimpersonality.com

3rd HOD Offline Event: Santa Clara, CA – Dec 18th, 2011

It’s been a while, and we’ve missed you. After the success of our first two Offline Single’s Events in Orange County and Long Beach where 28 participants matched up, we are bringing you the first Offline event to Northern California. Inshallah this time we will be running the event in Santa Clara on the 18th of December 2011.


In the short time HOD has been running, nearly 200 couples have been married via its services. The small role Allah (swt) has allowed us to play in Muslim’s lives means a lot to us, Al Hamdulillah. Hearing members tell us “I found my other half on HOD” is absolutely priceless and makes our efforts all worth while.

Some of you may have participated and are part of the 100% of attendees that said they would recommend Offline to others. For those who haven’t, Half Our Deen Offline has taken a completely new approach to this process. HOD has designed their Muslim Matchmaking events differently and is always striving to improve. The typical matchmaking event held by other organizations is limited to the “halal speed dating” method, where you only speak to each person for a few minutes, and that’s not enough time to decide if their a candidate for marriage. Half Our Deen uses unique activities where you can learn about the different people at the event in a fun and natural way. More importantly, each person at the event is required to have a profile on Half Our Deen which allows each to learn more about them and specifically what their looking for in a spouse. And by having a profile online, there are no missed connections as anyone at the event can contact each other easily without having to give out personal phone numbers or email. Alhamdulillah Half Our Deen Offline has worked for many and we hope this event will work for you too. www.hodoffline.com

HOD Offline from Baba Ali on Vimeo.

Listen to what attendees had to say from our last event in Long Beach:

  • I have been to 2 mixers (aside from HOD’s) intended to introduce the singles to one another, and neither was as organized as this event one was close
  •  Im really looking forward to the next one
  •  The event was highly organized.
  •  I liked the fact that we could all come together with clear topic goal that we are there to get married.
  •  I like the filtering process, and multiple opportunities to interact.
  •  Being able to sit with people that have similar interests and beliefs.

Seating is limited to 30 men & 30 women and by invitation only. Fill out the survey by clicking here http://bit.ly/o2C4hB and if there is a match for you, you’ll get an invite to the Private location.

We look forward to helping you find your other half!

See you at the event!

Happy Birthday Half Our Deen!

On July 18th, 2011 we celebrated our first birthday. One year later, we have over 1600 members spread across 47 countries, Alhamdullilah. Our website has been blessed with 706,347 Visitors and 6,133,176 Page views Mashallah!  And the best part of it all, is the flow of over 150 matches made on HOD. The little part that Allah (swt) has given us the privilege to play in people’s lives, means a lot to us Alhamdullilah. Hearing a member tell us “because of you I found the love of my life” is absolutely priceless.

What about all the other members who didn’t find their other half? What is written for us by Allah swt, is something we cannot measure. What someone might find in a week might take another 6 months or a year to find. We’ve gotten many members try the site and give up their search after 1 month, 2 months or 6 months. There are others who feel they can’t find the perfect potential, like Neo (from the Matrix) and there is an illusion that once found they’ll live happily ever after.

Unfortunately when considering a potential spouse we measure them to this ideal formulated from fictional characters. Often these dreams we project can be blinding to our judgment of compatibility with this potential. By the time we see the light of who this person really is, we might already be approaching a divorce. It’s important to look in the mirror and realize that we ourselves are not perfect. While some do find that ideal match sooner than later, others may not, which is alright. This shouldn’t put you down or be discouraging. Rather, it should better put things into perspective for us. It really means that ALLAH swt has someone better for you. Believing in that is half the battle and the other half is comprised of patience, prayers and being grateful.

We need to practice patience and understand that there is a time for all of us and this is only in the hands of Allah. its Ramadan and we can use this month to make lots of dua’a and pray for guidance. Always remember Allah swt chooses what is best for us, even if we’re too finite to see the infinite wisdom in His Divine Decree.

The good news is there is a light at the end of the tunnel! HOD is launching many new features, based on member feedback and requests, by October Inshallah. Our new features will include:

Email match preferences:  Our new email match alert  will give you the ability to set your personalized email match preferences to receive matches via email. Its LIVE now!

– New Settings Page:  Our new settings page will be more user friendly and organized giving you a wider array of options. Log in and take a look around!

– PayPal: The world’s most safest way to pay, will be joining our payment screen soon for those who feel more comfortable paying through it.

– New Edit Profile: more fun information to tell your potential matches about yourself. A much more user friendly and organized layout as well. All in all, FUN!

– Muslim Personality Test: what the buzz has been about at all the conventions we attend, is the Muslim Personality test. With a 97% accuracy rating thus far, we plan to introduce MP to HOD members in the upcoming months, InshAllah. Another way to find out more about your match.

Our goal is to give all our members the most effective tools to find your other half. We haven’t stopped working since we launched and won’t stop. All this won’t cost you a cent more. =)

Join us in making dua’a that as we embark onto our 2nd year, there is more hasanat (good) in HOD so we can see the fruits of our efforts in the hereafter InshAllah, Ameen

Jazakhallah Khairun for all your patience and support

RIS, Offline again and ISNA – A recap

In case you missed HOD at our last 3 events, here is a quick summary:

May 28-29th Baba Ali and the HOD crew introduced Muslim Personality at the RIS conference in Long Beach, California. Al Hamdulillah we had the busiest booth at the conference, and gave hundreds of Muslim Personality results. Check out the pictures on our Facebook fan page.

May 29th HOD conducted its 2nd Offline event for Single Muslims. With nearly 80 attendees, this event was just walking distance from RIS. This allowed us to unite singles from all over North America for the first time. Nearly 20 mutual matches were made, topping the first HOD Offline. We had a special guest Imam in attendance who gave some encouraging words to the attendees. Great feedback from this Offline, we hope to make the next few after Ramadan even better each time InshaAllah.

July 2-3 Muslim Personality hits a larger audience at the annual ISNA Convention. Baba Ali gets personality results from many famous Muslims, including the NFL’s Abdullah Brothers. Muslim Personality tests reached hundreds and closed with an in depth look of the motivation behind the project. Baba Ali gave a workshop to over 200 attendees on the benefits of learning about each others’ personalities and how it can help our relationships and communities. The workshop was a definite change from what fans expected of an on stage performance. By the end, the cameras recorded a packed room all celebrating the effort and cheering for another Baba Ali workshop next year!

Friendly URLs are here =)

Yes, yet another fun feature release by HOD to make your experience at Half Our Deen fun and valuable InshAllah. The Friendly URL feature allows you to create your very own personalized HOD URL – www.halfourdeen.com/yourname.

We recommend you use your real names when creating your friendly URL. Its understandable for privacy reasons that you would like your surname to be excluded, but your first name would definitely help. This isn’t a friendship or social networking site, but a matchmaking site for single Muslims who are serious about marriage. We are also the most private marriage site out there.  A name is definitely important in identifying as well as relating to someone on a more personal level during the marriage process. Yes, Muslimah4LIFE786, sounds cool and you will remain a Muslimah for life, don’ worry about that :). But a first name would definitely do good in having other members relate to you when sending you messages, visiting your profile and answering your questions. Its the personal touch that counts.

To set your new Friendly URL, visit the Settings page under My Account.  Remember you only get one chance to create your friendly URL so think it over before you do. Once you do it, there is no going back.  This will create some consistency and help other interested members find you easily, InshAllah. Tell us what you think.