Are you looking for love, but can’t find the perfect partner? Struggling to meet someone who shares your religious beliefs and your personal interests? Here are our top tips on how to find your perfect long-term partner through the magic of the internet and modern dating websites.
Dating is one of the most difficult things in life, but we stick at it because it can also be one of the most rewarding. Trying to find that perfect fit partner is tricky enough as it is, but when you’re looking for lifelong love and a shared set of beliefs, things get all the tougher. The internet is an amazing tool for bringing people together who would never normally meet and provides a great way to meet people of similar interests, beliefs and values, but it can be tricky to know where to start. Here are some tips for finding love online that will hopefully help smooth out your path to long term romance.
The best way to meet singles online is through dating websites. There are a range of different sites out there, designed to meet the needs and interests of the internet’s range of users. Try doing a search for Muslim dating sites, for example, or choose a website that seems to suit your best interests. Factors that can help you decide include whether you want to use a free or a subscription site, whether you want to meet people from a particular area of the country or the world and whether or not you’d be willing to relocate for the right person. Once you’ve chosen your site, make a profile, including a photograph of yourself, along with some personal interests and aspects of your personality that you feel are important. Make sure you are as honest as possible, as this will help narrow down messages so that only the most compatible dates contact you. For example, if you follow a Halaal diet, are looking for someone to share your interest in photography or want your partner to be educated to the same level as you, these are important factors to mention.
So, you’ve met someone online, exchanged some messages and have decided to meet for the very first time. Great! However, safety must come first. Arrange to meet your date in a public place for your first encounter – perhaps a trip to a museum, restaurant or cafe. Make sure to let each other know what you will be wearing so that you are easy to spot in a crowd and just try to relax and have fun. If all goes well, this could be the start of a beautiful romance! However, in the world of love (and Muslim dating is no exception), things don’t always go according to plan; exchange numbers before you meet, so that if one of you is late, you won’t be left standing.
It might sound simple, but it’s easy to lose your head (or forget your phone!) when excitement takes hold, so try to stick to these basic rules. You might not find love straight away, but don’t be put off; the internet is full of suitable singles just waiting to meet someone like-minded for love and companionship, so the right one for you may be just around the corner.
Maria is a Muslim author and online dating expert who writes regularly for a number of blogs and Muslim dating websites.