Parents who have migrated to Western countries no longer have the same extended family and community connections they once did in their home country, Dr Ahmad said, who researches Muslim marriages and relationships in Britain.

With smaller social networks, parents aren't able to provide their children with suitable matrimonial partners.

"You have a generation of young Muslims growing up here, and I suppose some of the methods that people may have used from their parents' home country may not necessarily be appealing or applicable to Muslims growing up in a Western context," Gamieldien said.

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"The solution that I'm providing, in a way, it's a middle ground.

We're taking that process and putting it into a technological form, and taking it away from the hands of the aunties and uncles, and giving it to the people who are actually affected by this." 'Crescent' is another Tinder-style app in the works. " Having exhausted their options, mobile apps can help single Muslims meet potential partners from outside of their local mosques and community.

And yet outside, in the rest of our lives, we can meet and hang out with anyone that we want." He said these "culturally sanctioned processes" seemed artificial for many young Muslims in the West who are looking for love.

"So I think the crisis is that there's a frustration amongst young Muslims in the way that the process currently exists." Jessa believes his app will give control back to young single Muslims.

Like popular dating app Tinder, users swipe right on someone's profile if they're interested, and swipe left if they're not. "Growing up as a Muslim in North America, I think we face a very big irony when it comes to relationships and marriage than any other community," he said over the phone, from his home in Vancouver.

"We're expected to find Muslim partners and then simultaneously, we're actually prevented from getting to know anyone of the opposite gender until there's a sudden burst or urgency to find a partner." "But then, to find someone, we have to follow this culturally dictated process like sending biodata to our grandmothers, or having family-sanctioned meetings.So I think families are increasingly more accepting of different ways of meeting a partner because their interest is seeing their child get married.And so they will often adapt their expectations to see that happen." Traditional matchmaking and parental involvement will always be on the agenda, said Jessa, but finding true love through technology is also here to stay.So I don't think that's really a valid concern." Columnist Awad said the range of opinions about Muslim online dating is representative of the community's diversity.There is no clear right or wrong and it depends on a person's personal convictions.For example, you'll filter things down from: Do they wear covering? So if you're a woman, you've already met all the guys who could've had potential." Former lawyer and author of 'Courting Samira', Amal Awad, 36, can recall the conundrums she and her university friends would have over the concept of dating. I remember meeting with other Muslims – we were all brainstorming ideas like how can we make it halal to date," she laughed.