December 10, 2005 (IslamOnline.net) - The first Muslim matchmaking
service in Germany is attracting scores of matrimonial profiles from
Muslims searching for Mr. or Mrs. Right.
a wife or husband is no longer a headache for Muslims in
Germany," Samer Fahd, the founder of the Islamic Marriage Center,
told IslamOnline.net on Saturday, December 10.
said several Muslims have tied the knot since the service was launched
in February of this year.
were not that famous at the beginning," he said. "But the
center has become reputable over the days and has received so far 150
comes third in Germany after Protestant and Catholic Christianity.
are some 3.4 million Muslims in the country, including 220,000 in
Berlin alone. An estimated two thirds of the minority are of Turkish
Fahd, who hails of a Palestinian background, said they also have an
online matchmaking service on the center’s Web site.
s/he needs to do is to fill in an online application and state clearly
whether s/he is a practicing Muslim.
should specify whether they wear hijab or have children," he
said, noting that several divorcees and widows have also applied.
said German women who reverted to Islam constitute 40 percent of all
age ranges between 30 and 35."
noted that German Muslims from all walks of life have sent their
profiles to the center.
have physicians, engineers and craftsmen."
said the center is applying strict rules in matchmaking.
fully take into consideration the religious backgrounds of the
applicants to have a harmonious marriage," he said.
personal information of all applicants is treated as strictly
confidential," stressed Fahd, who is helped by his mother in
categorizing female applications.
said the center has received some requests from non-Muslims, who want
to marry Muslim women.
politely tell them that is not permissible in Islam for Muslim women
to marry non-Muslims unless they officially reverted to Islam."
37, denied having faced any government hitches to register his center,
which abides by relevant German laws.
stressed that unlike German matchmakers who charge some 2000 euros for
their services, his center gets only between 40 to 60 euros.