With digital dating, Muslim marriages fall apart as quickly as any. A promising solution blends contemporary tech and family values.
London, UK. 27th November 2023 – Embracing secure Digital ID technology used by the government of Jersey, UK cinemas and certified for UK right-to-work checks, social entrepreneur Hajji Laird Mostafa founded Muslim Marriage Services (MMS) to address a need he sees as pressing in his community. “Worldwide, there are two billion Muslims, and around 300-400 million are single and keen to marry. We want to make it easier for them.”
Some challenges are universal, such as online fraud. That and a 42% divorce rate for Muslims in the UK and 31% amongst North American Muslim communities contribute to added shame and stigma for many individuals involved – and often their families. Finding another partner after a failed marriage can also be contentious.
By targeting students and young professionals and making them part of a uniquely secure online community, Hajji is confident about the impact his platform can make. “We are here to help Muslims find love built on trust and digital security. That’s why MMS is the only matrimonial service on the planet to use Extended Validation Site Security Certification.”
The software also manages DBS certificates, their international equivalents, and other documents accepted for background screening. Chaperones and guardians have long been part of the Muslim approach to matrimonial arrangement, and they too can be included – and validated – by the platform. Safeguarding, discreet monitoring, and exchanging photos and messaging are part of a robust system.
MMS is live, serving the UK, North America, Europe, and the Middle East. 50% of profits are directed towards supporting deprived global communities. The focus is very much on marriage, and with that in mind, future plans include live events where potential couples can meet. A partnership with Insightology (UK) also gives premium members access to emotional support on their journey to matrimony.