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Traditional vs. modern approaches to Muslim marriage

Speakers: Shahzad Younas, Wajeeha Alim, Rooful Ali

Date: Friday 12 February 2016

Time: 18:45-21:00

Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, London W1H 4LP

Tickets: £10.00 - Click here to book your place

From speed "networking/dating" to the religious lectures which lead to "organised mingling", Muslim marriage events in the UK continue to soar in popularity. However, men and women who want to get married often face a myriad of cultural and social issues in finding a good match.

Recently we have seen a considerable increase in the use of online services and mobile apps. So what does this new approach offer us that was missing previously? And are we moving away from a more traditional thoughtful approach to a much more superficial attitude towards marriage? Or are these online forums and apps opening up new possibilities for suitable matches by leveraging the benefits of technology?

Our panel will discuss the merits of the traditional vs. modern approach to getting married and staying married which remains one of the biggest contemporary issues facing Muslims.

Please join us after the talk for snacks and refreshments, and to continue the discussion and meet new friends.

Please note that this is a ticketed event: tickets are only available online in advance, so please book your place through Eventbrite.



Shahzad Younas, founder and CEO of muzmatch

Formerly a Vice President in Equity Portfolio Trading at investment bank Morgan Stanley for nine years, Shahzad left to fully focus on building a high-quality mobile app to help Muslims around the world find their perfect marriage partner. He initially created a successful matrimonial website which he ran for over two years. The site led to a number of marriages, but Shahzad found that many professional Muslims needed something more powerful and more mobile. Trawling through profiles and messaging potential matches via email can be very time consuming and often emails get ignored, or worse, sent to junk folders. Shahzad realised that the days of traditional expensive websites are over.

Wajeeha Amin is a wellbeing expert. With many years’ professional practice in social work, education and health, Wajeeha has a powerful understanding of what makes us all feel happy and good about life, and what all too often gets in the way.  Now working as skilled and accredited therapist, Relationship coach and consultant, Wajeeha helps people from all walks of life to turn their lives around through transformative talking therapies, hypnotherapy, group workshops and masterclasses.

Rooful Ali is a Chartered Accountant by profession who runs his own business and creative consulting, founder of the Emerald Network, the UK's Muslim professional network established for over 10 years. Mastering the art of networking, he has personally enhanced his network across all sectors and geographical borders, connecting arts, businesses and charities. Through hosting and promoting events and initiatives, he has gained an invaluable insight into the Muslim professional social scene. 

Additional details

Advance booking only. All welcome. Prayer space available. Street parking available from 18:30. Doors open at 18:45 and the talk begins at 19:00. If you have any questions, please contact us: