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Getting hitched: removing the barriers to Muslim marriages

 Wedding ring being placed on finger

Speakers: Adeem Younis, Aaminah, Omar Shahid, and Rabia Malik
Date: Friday 10 February 2017
Time: 18:45-21:00
Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, London W1H 4LP
Tickets: £10.00 - Click here to book your place

In an era of apps, matchmaking services and matrimonial websites, finding a spouse has never been easier. Or at least it should be easy. Yet some believe there is a marriage crisis in the Muslim community. A myriad of barriers and challenges remain for Muslims seeking to get married, from racial and ethnic prejudices to social attitudes. Meeting a potential mate remains a huge challenge and even an elusive dream for many.

For our annual pre-Valentine's day talk, we have assembled a panel of professionals working to make the process easier. Drawing on the experiences of a social psychologist, respected matchmakers, and a matrimonial website founder, we will consider:

  • Do's and don'ts in the search for love
  • How to get through the process of finding a husband or wife successfully
  • How the process has changed during recent times

Join us to explore and discuss the experience of Muslims seeking to get married, from the perspective of the professionals who are seeking to support those involved.

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.

Chair and Speakers

Adeem Younis, Founder of
Adeem Younis is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and serial matchmaker. He is the founder and driving force behind, the UK's largest Muslim website. Adeem has nearly 20 years' experience in helping Muslims around the globe get married. has over 2 million registered users worldwide, with over 50,000 reported success stories. A graduate of Leeds University, Adeem is proud of both his British Muslim and Pakistani roots.

Aaminah, Founder of Alif and Ain
Born and raised in London's suburbs, Aaminah grew up with a strong Indian-Pakistani heritage. She studied English Literature at UCL and then shortly after went on to pursue a Masters in Islamic Studies. She has studied Arabic abroad in Jordan and Mauritania, and currently spends her time studying the Islamic Sciences, teaching Classical Arabic part-time, and getting people hitched through Alif and Ain Matrimony which she runs with her husband Omar.

Omar Shahid, Founder of Alif and Ain
Omar has a BA in journalism from City University and went on to write for publications across the world, including The Times, The Guardian, The Independent and The New Statesman. He has taken part in conferences across Europe on religion and Islamophobia and has been interviewed on Sky News and the BBC. Alongside Alif and Ain, he is also an artist manager, working with creative Muslims across the UK.

Chair: Rabia Malik, Psychotherapist
Rabia is an academic social psychologist and practising systemic psychotherapist. She has extensive experience of working with Muslim clients’ psycho-social problems and is especially interested in the interface between Islamic spirituality and psychotherapy. She is also a freelance trainer and writer, having written several papers relating to identity and mental health among Muslims, and has delivered tailored training and teaching to professionals in this subject, both nationally and internationally. Rabia has held Board positions with a number of community organisations including the Muslim Youth Helpline. She was the first female trustee of the City Circle and is a current trustee.


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:

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