Zawaj.com Needs a Benefactor

wael on March 29th, 2008

Starting this blog off (almost) with a request for funds may come across as mercenary. But if you read on I think you’ll see that the need is genuine and there is no greed involved.

As far as I know Zawaj.com Muslim Matrimonials is the only 100% free Muslim matrimonial service. The website has been totally free for over a year now. There are no premium memberships, no fees to post a profile or reply to others, no payment required for anything. The website relies upon advertising such as Google Adsense ads to generate revenue and pay its operating costs. It does not generate a large profit and is just enough to pay costs.

However, Zawaj.com badly needs to be rebuilt. The programming is several years old now and is buggy. The website needs to be redeveloped from scratch. In the process we would add many new features to make it more interesting and exciting. I estimate this would cost about $10,000, no more.

I am looking for a benefactor to donate this sum. I am also willing to consider a sponsorship arrangement, where in exchange for the redevelopment funds your company or service will be prominently advertised for a period of time.

This money is NOT for me. In fact, you don’t have to give me the money at all. If you have any doubt about this, you can choose a website development team and you can pay them directly.

Some people have suggested that I go back to charging a fee, or that I charge a fee for men only, in order to raise these funds.

I don’t want to do that.

There are probably a hundred Muslim matrimonial services now, and all of them charge money. I want to offer something free to the Muslim people, something that will benefit people from countries like Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Pakistan, Yemen and Sudan, who do not have the money to pay a fee. I am really attached to this idea of offering something that is useful and free. I can’t give it up.

Zawaj.com has brought many couples together over the years. Many have written to me, thanking me, and some have sent me photos of their children. I believe this is a valuable, important service, and I hope there is a Muslim benefactor out there who feels the same way.

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wael on March 28th, 2008

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