Muslim dating in london
The ‘marriage events’ organised by the Islamic Circles take place at Bircbeck College, in central London, usually on Sundays. Mirzan Raja, the organiser, has run the Islamic Circle for the past 12 years.These events are meant to provide a service to the Muslim community by helping single Muslims find the ‘right marriage partner’. He is a 37-year-old father of two, born in England from Indian Muslim parents.
Charity work is always a good option: when you give something out of pure generosity, you always get something back from Allah! Success depends on three things: 1) your intention: you need to be ready for marriage, 2) your attitude: it has to be right, 3) success is from Allah!The key to writing a good profile, we are told, is to take the exercise seriously: “it’s a pain in the ass, but once you have done it right, you can use it over and over again!” And indeed, if participants are not successful today, they can join the database of singles on findyourmuslimpartner.com, a website also run by the Islamic Circle and where 50.000 Muslims are already registered.We need to have a Muslim Spring in England: we need to get rid of our Muslim leadership! Over the years, Mirzan has created a number of sub categories as he realised that the category ‘Muslim’ was too broad to meet the specific needs of certain groups within the community.He now organises special events for converts, Muslims over 40s, students, converts, professionals, Asian, Arabs, Bangladeshi…and with the rapidly growing presence of the French, now special events have been launched for them too.With his outspokenness, his occasional use of swearwords and relaxed attitude, he appears to me as a strange mix of an imam and a suburban businessman.
Endowed with an unquestionable charisma, Mirzan introduces participants to the ‘rules of the game’.
The event of today is dedicated to this new sub-category and gathers together a wide variety of ‘francophones’: Two brothers from Mauritius, a Senegalese man (the only black visitor) and a majority of British and French of North African origin.
Mirzan regrets having to separate people according to their ethnic origin or nationality as he believes that what should unite Muslims is the notion of ‘ummah’ (the collective community of Islamic peoples).
On the poster installed at the entrance of the room, one can read: “Don’t date! Mirzan has been a board member of a shariah council a while back: it is this experience that made him aware of the need for such a service as more and more Muslims are getting divorced nowadays – a fact that reflects a broader trend within the general British population.
However, match making, even under an Islamic framework, remains controversial: Mirzan admits receiving regular threats from Muslims who consider his activity haram (illicit) and contrary to Islam.
The dress code goes from the most conservative to the latest Islamic (or simply metropolitan) chic.