the Muslim population is growing faster than any other religious group in the country.At Morgan Stanley, the app came to fruition this past spring after Younas became fed up with his own dating experience.Sonia*, a 25-year-old master’s student, sums it up like this: “I feel that because I have other aspects of my life in place—from work to finishing my master’s to training for a marathon—this aspect is something I should also take steps toward achieving.It’s the rest of my life, so why wouldn’t I want a say in it?Salaam Swipe was also launched recently by Canadian entrepreneur Khalil Jessa and allows users to filter matches based on their political beliefs.
Instead of going the traditional route, they are taking the search into their own hands while respecting their parents’ beliefs and wishes.
But things went south when, on separate occasions, her online dates turned out to be completely different from their profiles (one already had a girlfriend and the other got drunk and popped Xanax).
“I was appalled at how well [one of the guys] played off the innocent boy act when he was actually a fuqboi [a.k.a. “Finally, after a couple hours, I got out of there by acting as if I had a strict curfew and had to get home.” Which goes to show that no matter what type of newfangled, love-luring app or site comes down the pipeline, nothing is foolproof.
Unlike his son, Dev’s dad had no choice but to select his wife from two arranged marriage presentations, so when Dev opens up about his ambivalence toward commitment, his immigrant father scolds him for his indecision.
Many young Muslims growing up in North America today share Dev’s uncertainty.“I wanted something that was radically different than what was out there while borrowing some of the good ideas and concepts of western dating apps,” he says.