Muslim Success Stories

Half Our Deen now works on your phone!

Assalammu’ Alaikum,

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.

What’s new at Half Our Deen?


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 – 
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Santa Clara – April 14th – 
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Dallas, Texas – April 14th – 
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Phoenix, Arizona – April 20th – 
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Boston, MA – May TBD
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Chicago, IL – June TBD – 
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Another Successful Half Our Deen Offline Event!

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 .

Using Half Our Deen Efficiently

One of the questions we get asked a lot is: “how can I increase my chances of finding a spouse through Half Our Deen?’ In a previous post we mentioned how creating a stellar profile will increase traffic to your profile however here are a few more tips:

1) Don’t rely only on the suggested matches and the matches emailed to you. Although these profiles are a high percentage match to yours it doesn’t mean that they are the only ones on Half Our Deen that could be compatible for you. So take the time to browse through profiles and judge for yourself who you might be interested in and who you are not.

2) Use the “I’d rather fast” button. When you come across a profile you are sure you are not interested in click the “I’d rather fast” button and it won’t be shown to you again. This way the next time you are browsing profiles you won’t waste time looking at ones you have already decided are not for you.

3) If you come across a profile that you believe you could be interested in but it does not include enough information for you to make a full decision take the time to send them a quick message and ask for more details.

4) Take the time to answer the questions that are posted on others profiles. Not only does this tell them more about you but by going through their questions and thinking about them you can learn more about the person.

5) Be patient! Although our members generally find their matches within 3-10 months for some it might take longer. Just because your perfect match isn’t on Half Our Deen today it doesn’t mean they won’t sign up tomorrow!

Half Our Deen Offline Events Coming to a City Near You!

 

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:

Another Inspirational Half Our Deen Success Story

MashAllah a very inspirational story of a sister on Half Our Deen who found her other half a year after joining the site. Please be patient, and make dua. We have to put in the effort and leave the rest up to ALLAH!

“up00lam, I have a success story to share too. However I would rather use initials i.e. I would like my husband & my name to not be published. I was a member of HOD from Feb 2011. Exchanged a few messages in the site with a couple of brothers but none was the type of Muslim husband material I was looking for. In June 2011 I did Umra and asked Allah to grant me a rightful Muslim man for a husband. Months passed and Ramadan came in August. Still, there was no progress in my HOD account. And then… 2 weeks after Ramadan, I got a “Found You Interesting” click from a brother from America. I looked through his profile and I found him quite interesting too so I decided to answer his questions that he had included in his profile. Not to long after, he replied to thank me for answering his questions and that he would like to know me for marriage whether we are suitable. However, he told me that this would have to wait till after Eid as he was in Makkah for Umra. So weeks passed and on the 2nd day of Eid I replied to his message. Soon we found ourselves to be suitable and wirhin that week we prayed our istikharas. In early October 2011 he came to my country, Singapore, to meet my family and me. 6 days after we met, we had our nikah done in Singapore, alhamdulillahi Rabb al alameen!

with my parents blessings, of course. We’ve been married for almost 7 months now and subhanaAllah life has been very interesting as we didnt date before marriage, alhamdulillah, and get to know each other only during our marriage now. May Allah put barakah, love and mercy to all married couples. I can never thank Baba Ali enough for his iniative in setting up such a wonderful matrimonial website like HOD. Jazakum Allah kheir jaza’

Know each other only after marriage. I can never thankBaba Ali enough for hisiniative on setting up HOD. Jazakum Allah kheir jaza’

We have been getting so many success stories, we have built a page for it. Look for our new success stories page coming soon, InshAllah.

 

Another Match Made on Half Our Deen! 314 and counting….

“Stories like this inspire me to continue making Half Our Deen better”, Baba Ali, Half Our Deen. 

Author: Nawal Shahril

Source: http://www.nawal.my/2012/04/how-i-met-your-father.html

How I met your father

To my future children. By the time you are able to read this post, I am probably in my late 30’s and still look gorgeous as ever.

This post is about a man who rocked Ummi’s world. A man whom I respect and hold on to. An amazing man who came to my life by surprise. Responsible and love his children more than his life. He loves us unconditionally. He is most proud of us although he doesn’t show it. He is our provider and our cheerleader. He is…

…your daddy.

I have met so many wonderful people. Travelled all around the world. Worked in a different country. Enjoyed every moment. I was living life. Amidst all these, I knew that there is still a missing piece in my life that I wasn’t sure what was it. I turned to Allah and did my Umrah, Alhamdulillah. It was in front of the majestic Ka’aba that I prayed and wished that Allah would lead a wonderful man to me to complete that emptiness and fulfill my deen.

How can I find myself a husband?
I turned to the world wide web for answers. Muslim matrimonial websites were my indicators. I remembered to have registered for 3 different sites. I must say I met very interesting brothers Masyaallah. Some didn’t work out. Some…almost. Some…just pain in the butt. Different individuals have different needs and expectations. Too much of expectations in fact.
But..no matter how devastated one situation after another can be, I didn’t give up. I know I have to find someone and have faith for Allah will help me.
One day when I surfed YouTube, I stumbled upon a video by Baba Ali and his matrimonial website called Half Our Deen. Knowing Baba Ali and his cool ways of giving da’wah, I thought why not give it a go. What I’ve noticed was I can’t view any of the brothers’s pictures unless I pay for the registration. Unlike other websites I’ve been to, some are free and some allowed you to view pictures prior signing up. I took out my debit card and I remembered saying ‘I’m doing this because of Allah’ and BAAM! I was registered.

Again… the process continues. In and out and after few attempts, I decided to shut down my account and just give husband hunting a rest. After a month, I checked HalfOurDeen again and I was surprised that my account was put on sleep rather than being deleted for good. Since my account was paid for 1 year service, I mustered all my strength and give it one more go.

Probably 5 minutes after, I received a message from a man that I wasn’t interested in replying at all. He messaged me before this when I had my account active. I was like ‘ Maan!, this man is damn persistent ‘ and decided to give him a chance. His name is Valentino Chavez (Vito) and the rest is history.
We talked for 7 months and I flew to the USA to meet this man of my dream. I had no idea what to expect. Whether he might be a serial killer or sex psychopath but I was sure I did the right thing. He told me, even though I would be ugly in person..he would still marry me. pffttt! (see how annoying daddy is???) I have prayed Istikharah and alhamdulillah I was sure about this man. With my parents and family’s blessing I was married by Imaam Karim Abu Zaid at Masjid Abu Bakr, Denver Colorado on March 7th, 2012.

Wow. I’m a wife??? Until now, I still couldn’t believe that I am finally… married! wooohoo!!

Married life is a new dimension. The other phase in life that you’d be tested vigorously by Allah s.w.t. Whether good or bad, just enjoy and endure it. No matter how hard the day could be..in the end you know your soulmate is waiting, arms open for you.

I am grateful that I married a super hunk awesome muslim man. A man who accepted me thoroughly. A man who introduces me to a whole new world and a new family.

I couldn’t have asked for more…except for an iMac and a craft studio 😛

Children, now you know how I met your father. In life, you have to believe in your decision and go get ’em. Be persistent and be ready to overcome any obstacles. Don’t you ever ever give up because the moment you feel that there’s no hope, all door closes and you might not get what you wanted. Have faith in Allah and Insyallah..Allah will show you the path.

and to my husband..I love you Sweetheart. May we be the best of Muslims and be a great role model for our children.

..and to Allah.. Thank you so much! You’re the best!