“Muzmatch”, the first global matchmaking app for Muslims just invested $7 million to fuel growth of its Islamic-oriented app in international markets.
The dating app, which now reportedly has 1.5 million users who span across 210 countries, is the brainchild of 35-year old Shazad Younas, a former Morgan Stanley Banker.
Younas, a Muslim himself, left his job in 2014 to learn how to build apps after he conceived the idea for a company that would make the dating process more “halal” — acceptable in religious law.
Religious law, in this case, Islamic law, is Sharia Law. Muzmatch is yet another example of the growing trend of Silicon Valley Sharia, as Muslim app developers across big tech platforms are working to further impose aspects of Sharia law into the modern technological world.
Halal dating, which is the premise of “Muzmatch”, enforces misogynistic guidelines that oppress women and restrict their rights.
For example, here are general rules for Halal dating, which is the basis for “Muzmatch”, Sharia compliant dating.
Muslim men and women cannot be alone together. This means that even when they go on dates, there should be a chaperone present.The chaperone that should be brought by the Muslim man and woman should be an older male family member.
Pre – marital sex is not allowed at all for women because Muslims believe in preserving the virginity especially of the woman before getting married.
Men can have up to four wives.
Younas launched the company using nearly $200,000 of his own savings he amassed during his nine-year banking career. In 2015, less than a year after the app launched, 50,000 users around the world began using his dating app.
“For Muslims, marriage is such a big part of your life,” he told Business Insider. “We don’t really date, we marry.”
The $7 million funding is jointly led by U.S. hedge fund Luxor Capitol and Silicon Valley accelerator Y Combinator, Tech Crunch reported.
Over 100 people each day are abandoning the app after meeting someone on the platform, indicating the MuzMatch will only expand in the near future, Younas said.
“For us that’s literally the best thing that can happen because we’ve grown mostly by word of mouth — people telling their friends ‘I met someone on your app.’ Muslim weddings are quite big, a lot of people attend and word does spread,” he says.
“Muzmatch” is only the most recent example of Silicon Valley Sharia. In February, Google and Apple allowed for Absher, an app that lets Saudi Arabian men track their wives, to be featured and downloaded in the app store.
In November 2018, an Android app launched with the focus of allowing Muslims to report individuals who commit blasphemy, or insult Islam. The app, “Smart Pakem”, which launched in Indonesia at the request of the Indonesian government, allows users and government officials to uphold Sharia law and target and report people who hold “misguided” beliefs in violation of Islamic law, which forbids insults of Islam, insults against the Prophet Mohammed, or the recognition of any other religion besides Islam.
The app is available in the Google app store. Since the app’s launch in the Google app store, it has been flooded with one star reviews and criticisms by anti-Sharia and human rights advocates. Absher will only make life for women in Saudi Arabia more difficult. Currently, in Saudi Arabia, women are not allowed to make major decisions without men. They are not allowed to wear clothing and makeup that emphasizes their beauty, interact with men who aren’t relatives, swim in public, compete in sports, or try on clothing in a dressing room.
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