It can be very difficult to date within a specific demographic, especially when it comes to religion. Dating within your religion is not easy if you’re not committed to a certain place of worship or if there aren’t many people within your religious belief system living in your immediate area or neighborhood.
It can also be challenging to find someone special out there whose beliefs, values, habits, and rituals match up closely with yours. If you don’t have a lot of time to meet single men or women of the same faith in person, it may be best to try out online dating in order to find love and romance.
With the recent advent of online dating, many different websites have been created, grown in popularity, and have become mainstays in the culture of dating. In addition to regular dating websites like OKCupid, Match, and Plenty of Fish, there are more and more ‘niche’ online sites available.
If you’re limited in terms of dating based on your schedule, your personality, and your overall time availability, giving online dating a try could make your life more enjoyable and you can find someone special to spend your time with.
When it comes to the ‘niche’ side of online dating, there are many different demographics that are represented by different websites. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a certain ethnicity, religion, profession, etc., it’s likely that you’ll be able to find a site for you where you can meet and date other like-minded people.
For those members of the Muslim community, there’s an online dating website for the religion that’s called Muslima.com. If you are a single Muslim man or woman looking to find love or romance with another member of the community or if you’re not Muslim but would like to join the website anyway in order to date a Muslim, then Muslima is the website for you.
Muslima is a ‘niche’ online dating website that’s devoted more to serious dating commitments and relationships. This website has also been responsible for thousands of matrimonies and weddings, which makes it a great option if you would like to find a committed partner who is ready to spend their life with you within the beliefs and values of the Islamic faith.
As of the beginning of 2016, there are currently around five million members that have been registered and have signed-up for a profile with Muslima.
Muslima usually has thousands of members who are online at all times, which is quite a large and sustainable membership base that will make it easier for both new and old members to view, message, and meet these other users in person. Because of the size of its’ membership, Muslima is the largest online dating website in the world for the Muslim community.
Muslima has been around for a number of years beginning around the time of the new millennium in 2000. Muslima is one of the ‘niche’ online dating websites, which is currently apart of the popular CupidMedia network that specializes in these types of focused websites.
For example, in addition to Muslima, CupidMedia network also owns and operates websites like MilitaryCupid, SingleParentLove, AsianDating, etc. Muslima is both a safe and secure website to use and you can be sure that the users are real people who are invested in finding someone special to share their life with.
One of the unique things regarding Muslima is that both its’ membership and viewership are quite international compared to other online dating websites.
Muslima is available for both usage and viewing in countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, France, Italy, Morocco, etc. This is a truly impressive feature and allows Muslims from all over the world to be able to connect and get to know each other better even if they do not share the same zip code or country code.
In addition, Muslima is available to be seen and used in a number of different languages including English, French, German, Italian, Dutch, etc. making it a viable international website regardless of where in the world you plan on using the site and its’ features.
Muslima prides itself on its’ ability to offer both basic, standard memberships which are free and the chance to upgrade to a paid membership if the individual user feels that this is a necessary next step.
You don’t need to have a credit card in order to sign-up for this website and can enjoy a good amount of features offered by Muslima without spending a dime of your own money.
- The Sign-Up Process
When you would like to get started on Muslima, it’s important to register your basic information first in order to begin the sign-up process.
To become a member of this website, you’ll need to give some user information such as your username, password, e-mail address, date of birth, your relationship status, your current location, and your gender.
After completing that process, you’ll be ready to begin creating your personal public profile. All of the basic information that you enter in to the website is mandatory in this case in order to register properly.
- Filling out your profile
In order to gain more interest from other members and even receive a few messages from them, it’s recommended to fill out your profile as much as you can.
In order to do this, Muslima will ask you a number of questions about yourself that you can answer depending upon how personal you would like to be. You can decide to leave some answers blank if you’re not comfortable divulging particular information but it may hurt you when it comes to other visitors wanting to get to know you.
Your appearance is one particular topic of interest that you can go in-depth about on your profile. You can give some details about your physical features such as your hair color, eye color, height, weight, body type (athletic, average, overweight, etc.).
When it comes to a future romantic partner, you have the ability to highlight which physical features you are interested in seeing in another person and which of them you find most attractive.
Questions about the kind of lifestyle you lead are also apart of the personal profile and can be answered or left blank depending upon how open you would like to be regarding that subject.
When it comes to lifestyle, you’ll be asked to answer questions about your smoking and drinking habits, marital status, if you would like children in the future or if you have them already, your current occupation, etc.
Also, if you were to get into a serious relationship, would you be willing to relocate to be near that person if you had the chance? You can also give more details on what kind of relationship you are looking for whether it is serious or more about dating casually.
In the ‘lifestyle’ section, you’re allowed to express your personal preferences when it comes to the lifestyle choices of your future romantic partner.
Because Muslima is a religiously focused online dating website, your religious beliefs and cultural values are also a big part of your profile.
You’ll be asked questions regarding your nationality, your education level, your religious values when it comes to Islam, how often do you attend religious services at the mosque, and if you have read the Qu’ran or not, which is Islam’s holy book.
In addition, you’ll be asked to give your opinion regarding both monogamy and polygamy, which other members will find useful to know about.
Lastly, you will have to talk about family values and whether or not you believe in the sanctity of marriage, which is a cornerstone of Islam.
Since Islam is the world’s 2nd largest religion and there are many sects within this religion, you’ll have to specify which sect of Islam you currently belong to.
Entering this information to your profile about your sect of Islam isn’t meant to divide the membership but rather to bring different followers of the religion together despite their differences in beliefs.
When it comes to the sects within Islam, members can choose from the options of Sunni, Shiite, Sufism, etc. Muslima will also want to know if you were born into Islam, if you converted to Islam, or if you are going to revert back to Islam from a different religion.
Lastly, you can talk about yourself on your profile and give your perspective on which kind of person you are. Each profile can come with a personal header that you create, one essay where you can describe yourself, and a 2nd essay where you’re allowed to state what you’re looking for in a potential relationship.
After you complete your profile, you can further answer questions for the algorithm-based matching system, which will help you to receive better matches in your search results.
You will get questions about what your ‘ideal match’ would be like, questions about what your personality is like based on the attributes that you show, and multiple choice questions about the hobbies and interests that you enjoy.
This additional information will help you when it comes to getting better search and match results by answering these questions on different aspects of who you are.
If you would like to make the search for other like-minded members easier for yourself, you should start out by creating personal keywords that reflect positively on your interests, hobbies, and your personality.
These keywords are known as ‘CupidTags’ and when you have a few of yours that match up with CupidTags of another user then it’s likely that their profile will begin to show up in your search results due to your mutual keywords.
If you have some things in common with another member, you’re likelier to message and get to know them better especially if they have the same CupidTags as you.
No profile would be complete without displaying your pictures and Muslima allows you to upload up to five pictures total to be shown on your profile. It’s important to know that these profile pictures must have you in them and not just your dog, your brother, your friends, etc.
You can also upload a video of yourself to make it more interactive and so other users can get to know you better.
- ‘Search’ Function and Messaging
Unlike most other online dating websites, Muslima allows you as a free member of the website to both send and receive messages from paid members.
Of course, you can also send and receive messages from other free users if you’re a free member of Muslima. The ‘search’ function is an effective tool available that will allow you to choose by age range, location, and other factors in finding members that will fit your certain criteria.
It’s a basic form of the ‘search’ function but has a decent number of factors you can specify to limit the amount of members that you will receive in your results.
- Show Interest
Lastly, if you would like to show a more kind of direct interest in other users beyond just viewing their profile, then you can press the ‘show interest’ button on their profile, which they will be notified of and can choose to reciprocate or not if they are mutually interested in you.
If you find that the standard membership on Muslima isn’t enough for you, then you have two paid subscription options that are worth considering if you’re willing to spend some money.
- Gold Membership
The first paid subscription option is the Gold membership, which comes with a number of useful and unique additional features you can use in order to enhance your experience on Muslima.
When you are a Gold member, you’ll be able to contact all users of the website by sending and/or receiving unlimited messages to them regardless if they are free or paid members.
In addition, you’ll be able to use the instant messaging system that Muslima offers that will help you to contact your matches if you see that they’re online and available.
You’ll gain access to the ‘advanced’ search function with more options, free members can contact you back when you shoot them a message, and when any user is going through their search results; gold members will be listed higher in the search results than free members due to the increase in your status.
- Platinum Membership
The Platinum membership is the most expansive kind of membership subscription in terms of features that a Muslima user can purchase.
As a Platinum member, you’ll have all of the additional features that Gold members enjoy along with a few extra features that are unique to the membership.
Your profile will be listed more prominently in the search results when compared to Gold and Standard members of the website.
In addition to the basic instant messaging system that is done through text messaging, you can also send audio and video messages to other online users.
If you receive messages from other members in another language, you’ll be able to access a feature that will translate the messages for you from their language to your language.
Costs of Membership
A gold membership is cheaper than a premium membership but you’ll still be paying a decent amount of money depending on which of the four subscription options you choose.
Gold Membership Rates:
- 1 Month Membership
For a one-month subscription, you’ll pay $30.
- 3 Months Membership
With a three-month subscription, you’ll pay $20 per month for a total of $60.
- 6 Months Membership
When it comes to a six-month subscription, you’ll pay $16.66 per month for a total of $100.
- 1 Year Membership
Lastly, the twelve-month subscription goes for $10 per month for a total of $120. The longer the subscription period is, the cheaper it will be for you on a per month basis.
A premium membership is more expensive than a gold membership due to the sheer amount of features you’ll be able to access. There are four subscription options when it comes to the premium membership.
Premium Membership Rates:
- 1 Month Membership
For a one-month subscription, you’ll pay $35 total.
- 3 Months Membership
With a three-month subscription, you’ll pay $23.33 per month for a total of $69.
- 6 Months Membership
When it comes to the six-month subscription, you’ll pay $20 per month for a total of $120.
- 1 Year Membership
Lastly, the twelve-month subscription goes for $12.50 per month for a total of $150. As is the case with the Gold membership, the longer your membership subscription is in terms of commitment, the cheaper it will be for you.
Positives and Negatives
Muslima is not without its’ flaws but it should be considered one of the best ‘niche’ dating websites on the Internet.
- Less Advertisments
There’s very little advertising on the website.
- Enough Features for Free Members
There are a lot of cool features available to both free and paid users, and you can play around with the ‘search’ function to fit your needs.
- Translation Feature
You can have your messages or someones profile translated to your own language.
- Can’t save your search
You are not able to save your search for later date.
- Automated search is not as detailed
It lacks on multi-selecting attributes.
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Have you ever signed up for Muslima.com? How was your experience with this dating website? Let other readers know by commenting below.