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The format this year entailed having the women sit on one side of a long rectangular table with men close to their age parked across from them. “Make them feel like you’re really into them.” Raza said he wanted to ask the women whether they wanted to keep working after starting a family, not so much because he had a staunch preference, but to gauge her reaction. The real test would be meeting Raza’s mother, who was standing behind him, one of many relatives and friends who accompanied some of the attendees.The appeal of online dating for marriage-minded singles is obvious: it enables people to be completely upfront about their romantic needs and goals while putting them in touch with others who feel the same.It’s an efficient, effective way of finding connection and companionship – on your terms.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.