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Monday, September 15, 2008

Write Content for a Matrimonial Site

Cupid Media, an Australia-based dating/matrimonial site with a "Muslim" channel is seeking an online Islamic content developer to beef up and improve content for the site.

The ideal candidate for the role should:

Have knowledge of Muslim women’s issues

Be a recent graduate or currently studying for a relevant tertiary qualification e.g. journalism, creative writing, marketing communications, public relations etc

Have strong editing/proofreading/copywriting skills and the ability to write engaging and consistent content relevant to Muslim women worldwide

Have a strong understanding of Islam, the Qur’an and the ability to discuss relevant women’s issues from an Islamic point of view

Have excellent verbal, listening, and written communication skills and the ability to work independently on a project or in a team environment

Read more about this job here.

Because the nature of this site is not strictly Islamic in its approach, many writers may feel that it is wrong to contribute to its development. On the other hand, this position may provide the chosen writer with the opportunity to write quality content that serves to educate and remind Muslims of proper etiquette when it comes to choosing a spouse.

Kindly share your opinions below. Would you write for a site like this?


Sadaf Farooqi said...

Assalamu alaikum,
I would be tempted to write articles for such a widely-read website for the incentive of promotion of Islam and especially it's matrimonial aspect of love between man and woman - which is the only love allowed.

I went through all the details of Cupidmedia however, and they have "Muslim Dating" enlisted as a service for their Muslim website. Also, gays and lesbians are catered to in their own websites.
Therefore, I would constantly be worried about the source of my income being "halal" or not. The worry and doubt would take away my focus on writing quality articles. I'd be wondering if my work is acceptable to Allah or not; then no matter how many site hits I achieve, and how many non-Muslims benefit from my articles, I'd still be in constant turmoil abuot whether I am angering Allah?

This is just my personal opinion and answer to your question. It's just that their Muslim website encourages dating between Muslims. If it were a strictly matrimonial website for Muslims, I'd probably give it a go.


precisiontext said...

As-salamu Alaykum, Sr. Sadaf, and thank you for leaving these thoughtful comments.

You have expressed many of my own feelings on the topic.

Part of me says that this website will exist no matter what we think of it, so perhaps a team of practicing Muslims should get involved for the sake of improving it.

On the other hand, it is primarily a money-making endeavor that involves many haram/questionable elements in a format that may also lead people down the wrong path.

It would be interesting to see whether the site owners would be open to modifying the site so that it is more acceptable to mainstream Muslims. If they are convinced that it would help both their reputation and their bottom line to make some significant changes, then anything is possible.

That, however, is not something I am really interested in pursuing on my own.

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