Tag - Muslimah

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.

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 However I would rather use initials i.e. I would like my husband & my name to not be published.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.

 

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.

Taking Half Our Deen Further

One of the most important things I have learned, while I continue to build this Muslim matchmaking site is, you can’t grow too quickly. I know what you are thinking, the more the merrier right? This is still true, but I prefer a more steady flow of new members as pertaining to just,“Blowing up”. The main reason behind that is when you grow too fast, you lose the connection with your members. I want to be closely knitted with my members and their concerns. Being able to give a generous amount of attention to all members new and old, helps me build a relationship with them. Just yesterday, one of our customer service agents reported that another match was made on Half Our Deen.  This completely made my day and put a huge smile on my face. People ask me if I get excited like this for every match that is made on HOD? My answer, “Yes, very much so”. The little part that Allah swt has given me the privilege to play in people’s lives, means a lot to me and is a very big deal, Alhamdulillah.

Even though we have new members signing up daily and in return getting back many success stories, Alhamdulillah, our goal is to find new and creative ways of improving HOD and not just saying “its good enough”.  Recently, we sent out a survey to our members asking what we can do better.  Many of you responded with some great suggestions and feedback.  We’re excited to announce that we have already started the process of making enhancements to Half Our Deen based on your feedback.

The Poll results show that the majority of members are exclusively on Half Our Deen.  It also mentioned that the #1 reason, why they chose Half Our Deen over all the other sites, was because its Private.

Here is whats cooking at the HOD labs (based off poll results).
Matching Preferences: Members will be able to specify certain criteria to filter their matches.
New and Improved messaging system:  An improvement of our existing messaging between members.

We plan to have both enhancements finished in January InshAllah. We have improved on the loading times of all pages, fixed the test saving issue, added polls and even added a new server.  Our goal, InshAllah, is to exceed your expectations of what a matchmaking site offers and produce results. Success is only from Allah, all we have to do is put in the effort, and we are.