Muslim social networking site Muslimface announced on Sunday the ‘first marriage’ to take place between a couple who met on the Facebook alternative since it launched in June of this year.
The social media platform said in a statement on its website the newlyweds, Abdullah Rashed, who hails from an unspecified Gulf state, and Hana Rahman, a Canadian citizen of Pakistani origins, met through the “Find your Partner” feature.
The website, which has 300,000 registered users, published an image of the newlyweds, censoring the bride’s face.
In order to ensure that the spousal search is "disciplined" and "serious", the site only allows for online conversation between men and women in the virtual presence of the woman's maharam (a family member they cannot marry).
Muslimface said it funded the first marriage it catalysed with the blessings of both families. It also paid for the newlyweds' honeymoon, involving trips to Turkey and the holy cities of Mecca and Madinah.
Co-founded by two Muslim entrepreneurs, Muslimface was launched last June after three years in the making. It offers myriad Muslim-oriented features including a prayer alert, an app to locate the nearest mosque or halal food restaurant, as well as its match-maker service.
To join the website, available in 10 languages, users submit a request which is evaluated before they are accepted as a member.
While the UK-registered website is open to people of other faiths, it abides by Sharia law and is "structured and vitalised" by the Hadith and Quran.