“We’re committed to changing the way Muslims meet. Providing you with the right people based on self-identified levels of religiosity, proximity, and interests, we’re no different from traditional matchmaking, except we’ve taken your aunty out of the equation.” Available now on both the App Store and Google Play!
These lines come straight from the website of Salaam Swipe, the Islamic Tinder counterpart. You can swipe to your choosing after seeing a single picture of another fellow Muslim, based on whether you can see yourself spending the rest of your life with them.
I’m all about having Muslims be integrated into society and treated just as equally as regular Americans, but I think we can all agree that this is too far.
This app seeks to marry complete strangers. No, not date. And no, not the whole “friend of a friend of an aunty of a friend” thing. Complete strangers. And with that comes a level of danger.
I think back to last week when 500 million Yahoo! emails were hacked. Private information such as passwords, emails, bank statements, family confidentialities were all exposed.
As a Yahoo! user myself, it reiterated the idea that we never know who’s on the Internet. And you never know who will be on Salaam Swipe either.
Lastly, apps like Salaam Swipe and Tinder have a tendency to perpetuate relationships based on superficialities. On these apps, you only choose to pursue a person based on how they look in a single picture.
A person encompasses so much more than what is perceived on 4.7 inch display. So, be wary when being on apps like this. They can be a great tool to meet people, but it becomes trickier when actual marriage is at play.
In all honesty, I think aunties still trump Salaam Swipe this round. Sorry. :/