Mubeen, while stressing that the site’s features – such as access to profile photos only after a connection is made – offer an experience vastly different from Western-style dating site.When they launched in late October, the site’s creators were hoping to reach out to “third-culture kids” exactly like Ana – singles in their 20s and 30s, who are often highly educated first-generation Americans and are struggling to balance multiple cultural identities. It’s recently gone global, and is now available in cities like Washington and London, as well as in the Middle East, in places like Egypt and the Palestinian territories.Browsing usernames like Khanye West, Pakiswagger, and Make Chai Not War, Ana says she was optimistic about meeting “someone that was more of a ‘modern/Americanized’ Muslim.”She immediately signed up and crafted a brutally honest profile meant to ward off men too conservative.“Not looking for someone more religious than I am (I fast, don't pray yet),” she writes.

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But there’s one non-negotiable requirement: he has to be Muslim.

Finding Muslims who match not only her taste but also her level of piety has been daunting, she says.

The project was born when Sheereen Nourollahi, a 26-year-old Iranian-American, and Humaira Mubeen, a 24-year-old Pakistani-American, were discussing dating in an online forum for Muslim hipsters, or “Mipsterz.”“We fill in that space that maybe our community or mosques don’t.

We’re giving them a space to come, maybe not for marriage, but at least to test the waters,” says Ms.

Ana, a Palestinian-American from New Jersey, has been looking for love for years.

She lists the typical gamut of desired qualities in a man: respectful, self-sufficient, and ready to share her love for books, cooking, and music.“I‘m focusing on finding someone who can willingly accept me for who I am.” Malaysia is a largely moderate Muslim country, where Islam is the official religion and ethnic Malay Muslims make up two thirds of the 30 million people.Many young Malaysians meet as young people do in many places, including through the dating app Tinder and on Facebook, but dating is complicated for young Muslims in Malaysia, where public displays of affection and intimacy before marriage is strictly disapproved of.In other words this is a Muslim marriage site and not a Muslim dating site.Muslim scholars unanimously agree that dating is forbidden in Islam. But “those taboos are going away rapidly,” says Hassan Shaikley, one of the site’s young programmers.