Marriage is an institution that is fundamental to the growth and development of society. In Islam, it is of great importance as it is established as a wedge against many vices and is relied-upon as a foundation for harmony between men and women where natural needs and responsibilities are met.
Allah says in the Qur’an:
"And one of His signs is that He created mates for you from yourselves that you may find rest in them, and He put between you love and compassion; most surely there are signs in this for a people who reflect." (Chapter 30 verse 21).
It was narrated from Aishah that:
Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Marriage is part of my sunnah, and whoever does not follow my sunnah has nothing to do with me. Get married, for I will boast of your great numbers before the nations. Whoever has the means, let him get married, and whoever does not, then he should fast for it will diminish his desire” (Ibn Majah, Book 9, 1846).
It is in line with these goals that a new matchmaking website for Muslims has been launched by a group of Muslims in Nigeria. The website called Soulconnect.Ng aims at linking eligible Muslims with their potential spouses based on their preferences. Each user is allowed to register and update their profile to be listed on the website for free. However, only paying users will have access to additional features based on the service they choose which include: monthly, semi annual and annual options. This allows for flexibility and gives people interested an opportunity to invest more in finding a suitable Muslim spouse.
Soulconnect.Ng is an improvement on the Muslim Singles Matchmaking Service (MSMS) which was started on Nairaland.com by a group of Muslim members on the forum in October, 2014. Close to 7 years after, the team has had time to build on its successes in matchmaking Muslims for marriage and establish this new website to take its service to a larger audience.
According to Co-founder/CEO of the website; Architect Yussuf Babatunde Lawal, also known as “Penmight”: “SoulConnect Matchmaking Service is connecting Muslims and helping to develop a new generation of young Muslim families. Our testimonials speak for us, join us today and experience great service on SoulConnect.Ng where we do things in compliance with Qur’an and Sunnah”.
For Muslims interested in using this service, all they have to do is visit SoulConnect.Ng, create an account, update their profile and engage with the community. There is the option to have chaperones appointed for you on the website to help you navigate the course towards marriage with a potential spouse. Also, to improve the security on the platform, the website has a dedicated team scanning its database and activities of users to identify and remove scammers, users with fake identities and other nefarious individuals.
This is definitely a positive development as we hope to have more success stories from the website soon.