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HODO has changed the Muslim Matchmaking scene and attracted a more sophisticated crowd than ever before. Our events offer a fresh alternative to speed-dating and matchmaking. We have created a low-key atmosphere that is at once private, casual and comfortable. Meeting your special someone shouldn’t be anything but a relaxed and joyous experience.

Tell us about yourself and who you are looking for. Then simply choose the event you want to attend and let us take care of the rest. Within a day you will receive an email from us with the next steps to take.

We are the only Muslim organization that screens its attendees using your criteria, ensuring only the most compatible attend. Our balanced ratio of brothers and sisters gives everyone an equal chance. We take the time to seat you at tables where you may find your most compatible match.

Your answers are compared to the other members applying for this specific event.  The criteria, of who fits best for this event, is determined by those applying.  Since different people apply for different events, the criteria changes per event.  Hence, a member who wasn’t a good fit for one event could be a great fit for another event.  If you are fortunate enough to get the invite, make sure to make payment as soon as possible to secure your seat.

Probably the most exciting email you will receive. Once invited, register for the event and confirm your seat. You will be guided every step of the way to ensure you’re ready for the event.

HOD Offline events are exclusively for HOD members, and its just one of the many perks of being part of Half Our Deen.  If you’re not an HOD member yet, you will receive instructions on how to set up your online profile so you can get your unique HOD ID.  Since you can search on by ID numbers, you can easily learn about anyone at the event (without having to interview them) by quickly searching via your phone.  More importantly, it is a safe medium to find each other after the event so you never have to give your personal phone number or email.

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Success Story / The Story of Bassem and Yasmin

My wife Yasmin and I met on HOD, Nov 18, 2011. I had only been on HOD for less than 48 hours. Her first communication with me was “Salam Bassem, I was wondering if you’d be willing to answer my questions and I will do the same for yours.” I just knew she was going to be my wife the moment I saw her picture and read her profile. That day I believed in LOVE at first sight. She lived in Boston, MA and I lived in Anaheim, CA. I canceled HOD membership within 48 hours. It was the best $9 I have ever spent in my life…

I was traveling on business. I had just made a HUGE, LONG, and Sincere dua on the long plane ride that Allah blesses me with a wife that will get me closer to HIM. alhamdulillah, the same day Allah guided me to go on HOD.

alhamdulillah we were 91% compatible. We connected really well. I asked her if she can give me her father’s number so I can call him to get permission to talk to her over the phone. We spoke for a couple of weeks. I went and met her and her family in January 2012. I loved her even more in person. I knew it was fate. and I went again to see her and her family in Feb, 2012. Listen to this, her mother has the same birthday as mine (3-29-81) and her mother has a twin, I have a twin, my twin brother’s mother-in-law has the same birthday as ours as well, lastly, my biological mother passed away on our birthday during our delivery, so I knew it was fate! It was a sign.

So, I flew with my older sister (Who is like a mother to me) to Boston March 6th of 2012 and performed Nikah with Yasmin. She then flew with her mother to come visit us and my family in CA the same week. Her Mahr was very blessed and reasonable, she wanted a nice ring for a gift and wanted her Mahr to be to go to Hajj together before we have kids. alhamdulillah we made plans to get married 11-11-12 and we did. We drove to humble Sedona, AZ for our honeymoon, it was quiet, calm, and very private. We hiked beautiful mountains, swam in cold lakes, and enjoyed Allah’s beautiful nature.

We have just came back from Hajj last week walhamdulillah. I have attached pictures from our wedding day and Hajj. I hope you enjoyed reading our story.

My name is Yasmin Hosein Al-Rashidi and I know my husband has already told you about how we met, but here’s my side of the story.

I joined Half our Deen in March 2011. I was a member on and off until October 2011. A few times I canceled my membership after not finding anyone I was on interested in on the site, but then I quickly rejoined after I met someone in person and it did not go well. This cycle continued a few times until October 2011 when I figured I would join again, leave my profile up, and just see what happened. After all, it was only $9 a month and I spent more than that on coffee, I could definitely afford to spend that on a way to potentially meet my future husband.

About a month later, on November 18th I logged onto the website and saw a picture in the new members section that caught my eye. I clicked on the profile and began to read. His name was Bassem, he was 30, and he lived in California. But what I read next was not what I was expecting. He was divorced and he had a 4 year old son. I had always said that I did not mind marrying someone who was divorced, but I definitely did not want to marry someone who had a child. I was 22 years old, fresh out of college, and I had not seen very many step children situations that worked. But despite all of that, something inside me told me “it’s okay, I can do this.” I do not know what changed in my mind, but it didn’t turn me away. I then sent him a message to answer my questions on my page and he responded right away. I do not know why, but this freaked me out. I panicked telling myself that this wasn’t normal, I was forcing it, and it wasn’t going to work out. So what did I do? I canceled my membership. Like I said, I had canceled my membership before and had never received anything from people on the site in my time away. But what do I receive that night to my gmail account? An email that told me I had a message from Bassem on Half Our Deen. I was surprised he was able to message me when I had canceled my account, but curiosity got the best of me so I went back to HOD, re-enrolled, and read the message. I am pretty sure that he wasn’t supposed to have been able to message me, but subhanAllah by a stroke of Naseeb, I received the message.

After those first messages, Bassem made it clear that he was serious about me and requested to speak to my dad to ask for his permission. He called my dad, my dad consented, and we began to text, call, and skype back and forth. It was a busy time for me, I was working full time as a kindergarten teacher, going to school full time at night to get my masters, and trying to start a long distance relationship with a man 3,000 miles away from me in Boston.

We finally met in person at the beginning of January when Bassem visited my family and me in Boston. I already thought he was the man I wanted to marry and meeting him in person solidified that. Bassem visited us again in February and after that trip I knew that the next step was marriage. Alhamdulillah on March 6th, 2012 Bassem flew to Boston with his sister and we were Islamically married in a small ceremony in my grandmother’s living room. A few days later, I flew to California with my mother. I met Bassem’s son and the rest of his family.

Over the next 8 months, we had a long distance relationship. I stayed in Boston to plan our wedding, finish off the school year, and complete my masters and Bassem was in California. It was difficult to be so far away from each other, but I knew it was only temporary. I finished my masters in August and a few months later on November 11, 2012 we were married in Westborough, Massachusetts in front of 230 guests, most of whom were my family. The next day, I tearfully boarded a plane to California. I was excited to start a new chapter of my life with a man I loved more than anything, but I was also sad to leave my family, friends, and the only home I had ever known behind.

It has now been almost 2 years since our wedding and I am happier now than the day I said I do. We just returned from Hajj a week ago. The trip was my mahr and I am very thankful that we were able to go on an amazing, life changing journey together. I have settled into California and become part of the community here. I am a 5th grade teacher at an Islamic school, my step son is now 7, and we are a little, happy family. Yes, we have our struggles and trials just like every other family, but there has not been one day when I regretted my decision to marry Bassem and move across the country. My life is better with him it and I am a better person as his wife.

First, I am thankful to Allah for bringing us together and second, I am thankful to for Half Our Deen for providing us the channel to meet.

A quick side note, after I met Bassem, my brother went on HOD, met his wife, got married a few months after us, and they now have a beautiful 2 month old baby boy. They thank you HOD as well 🙂

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Simply fill out our application by telling us a little about yourself and what you are looking for in a match. Then sit back and wait for our email in which we will guide you thru the rest of the process.

We steer clear of the speed-dating approach. The 3 minutes you are giving to talk to each person is great if you are looking for a 3 hour relationship. But not so much for a life-long commitment. Right from receiving your application we screen to ensure only the most compatible attend by screening all our applicants. Our events have an even ratio of men to women, giving everyone a fair chance. By engaging people in fun and interesting activities we break the ice and eliminate the awkwardness. Since all our attendees are also on HOD Online, the follow up after the event is rather simple.

One of the unique features of Offline is that everyone at the event can be found on Half Our Deen Online. If you find someone interesting and would rather learn more about them before showing interest, you can view their profile online. There is no exchanging personal information because follow-up is done safely through our website after the event. You’ll have access to more than 3000 active profiles. This way, even if you don’t find your ideal match at the offline event, you still have a great chance of finding them online.

We wish we could accommodate everyone! Due to the increasing popularity of this event, the seats do fill fast. Keep checking the site to see when and where our next event will be. Sign up with us and we will notify you of our next event.

We believe in quality matches. We don’t set the criteria, you do. We review every application carefully and study your criteria for a spouse. We only invite those that meet your criteria so you have a great shot right from the beginning. We are the only Muslim organization that filters our applicants to ensure compatibility, therefore increasing the chances that you will find “The One”. InshAllah.

As our applicants increase, the criteria changes and there is always a chance that you can still be invited to the event. Don’t lose hope or be disheartened, we got your back and trying our hardest to get you in. InshAllah.

We care about your privacy. Our event location is kept confidential and is only revealed to those who are registered and confirmed. Nobody knows you are at the event, except those at the event. We do not accept any walk ups to the event.

About Us / The Offline Process Works

From the same creative minds that brought you the ground-breaking website, comes a new Muslim singles event, Half Our Deen Offline.

Instead of just playing musical chairs like other events, Half Our Deen Offline takes a revolutionary approach at Muslim Matchmaking by engaging people in fun and interesting activities.

Half Our Deen Offline is an exclusive event and the only way to get a seat is by invitation. Once an interested person completes their registration for Half Our Deen Offline, their answers will be reviewed. If approved, they will receive an invitation and instructions to complete their payment to reserve their seat at the event. Approval is based solely on the responses we receive to the survey. Our goal is to only invite those who have a real chance at finding a match at the event. For example, if you are looking to marry someone between the ages of 35-40 and the majority of those who fill the survey are under 35 attending would be a waste of your time and money. In order to keep the event organized and balanced, seating is limited and based on a first-come basis.

One of the unique features of Half Our Deen Offline is that everyone at the event can be found on Half Our Deen Online. So if you find someone interesting and would rather learn more about them before showing interest, you can view their profile online to see your compatibility percentage with them. If you find someone locally online and want to see if there is chemistry, you can come to Half Our Deen Offline.

If you’re serious about getting married, come to the event that is serious about helping you find your other half. Don’t be the person that will look back one day and ask “what if?”, but rather be the person who not only makes du’aa but puts in the effort as well.

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