UK Muslim matchmakers introduce new agency
By: Amy Glendinning
The pair say many British?Muslim women in their late 20s and 30s are struggling to find a partner – with many Muslim men travelling to Pakistan to find a wife there instead.
In a bid to matchmake Muslims from the region, Sadia, 41, and Yasmin, 42, have formed their own company, Muslim Matrimonial Events UK, with more than 60 singletons already signed up.
Registration is free while it costs £15 to attend informal networking events where men and women can be introduced.
Sadia and Yasmin also hope to link up with mosques around Greater Manchester to help match those from different areas.
Yasmin, a trainee social worker and mum-of-two who lives in Chorlton, said: “Over the years we have always both been asked by friends to help find people for their grown-up children to marry.
“But we kept hearing from women in their late 20s to 40s that they couldn’t find any men the same age as them.
“These women are professionals like pharmacists, teachers, dentists, and want a British Muslim man of the same level of profession as them.
“They’re not prepared to settle and would rather stay single than marry someone who isn’t a British Muslim.
“When I looked into it I found research showing the average age a Muslim man in Britain gets married is 22, but for a Muslim women it’s 29 and 12,000 Muslim men from the UK are going abroad to marry each year.
“But I think a lot of people don’t always want to go back to Pakistan, they would rather marry someone from here but struggle to meet people.”
Sadia, a teacher and mum-of-four, who lives in Bolton, said: “I think the trend for arranged marriages is definitely fading.
“But it’s really apparent people are still looking for someone to marry and are finding it hard to meet other Muslims.
“Our events are aimed at British Muslims, or people here legally – it’s not a way for someone to get married so they can stay in the UK.
“It’s not speed dating, or internet dating, but networking for British Muslims to find a future spouse in an informal environment.
“The feedback we’ve had has been really good and that there’s definitely a need for this in the Muslim community.”
At the pair’s first event, held in Cheetham Hill, 45 singletons turned up, selected by Sadia and Yasmin for an equal balance.
After icebreaker sessions there is the chance for singletons to ask for introductions to anyone who takes their fancy – with a few phone numbers already swapped at the first event, which is set to become a fortnightly event.
For more information, go to muslimmatrimonialeventsuk.co.uk