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Cheyenne had just left a mixer hosted at the Islamic Center at New York University, a discreet way to allow single Muslims to meet and potentially form relationships. ”New York City offers a buffet of dating options, but the search for a significant other can still be tough for anyone.
A riff on the dating app Tinder, this version boasts more than 350,000 Muslim users. In a 2010 survey published in the a quarter of single Muslim-American men and women indicated that they wanted to find “soulmates.” This is in line with the 88% of Americans who, according to a 2013 Pew Research Center survey, get married because of love.Essalh Omar, 23, said she has broken off two engagements after realizing her expectations for the relationships didn’t match her partner’s.Though born and raised in New York, Omar spent two years of high school in Yemen with her family and wants to marry a man with the same background.Now she relies on traditional matchmaking through friends and relatives, avoiding dating apps because of the stigma they still carry in Muslim communities.“If anything, you’ll find people with fetishes,” she said.
It's no coincidence that older, divorced women are targeted and fall for these scams.