Fateha says ‘Biye Biye’ aims to combine traditional matchmaking with modern technology. Her short-lived marriage back in 2012 led her to conduct research into the process of finding love within the Muslim community.
She said families are not very connected with families of the same origin and the process of finding love through family is stressful. She also felt single Muslims become disenchanted with finding love.
She says the app is in line with ‘traditional, cultural and religious values’ with key features such as Family Video Chat, to allow Muslim families to safely get to know other families and ‘share Profile feature’ that allows the single Muslim to share their comments on each potential suitor sent to them before introductions are made.
When Fateha was working as a Safeguarding Social Worker, she asked her family to introduce her to potential suitors. She realised that they weren’t well connected in the community, and Fateha ended up falling for a man she did not meet through family.
In a short space of time, they were married and she moved in with his family.
She said, “The first time I tried to leave was after the honeymoon. Five months later, I found myself crying on a park bench whilst it was pouring down with rain. I was desperately pleading with God saying “Please, please, please change my circumstance or remove me out of this situation.”
“I felt something change within myself and felt a sense of peace. A few hours later I turned up on my parents door step.”
“I am now happily married with a ‘lockdown’ baby. I absolutely adore the family I have married into. I look back at that day on the bench with such gratitude.
“It was Divine Intervention. I don’t want anyone to go through what I went through as it’s quite traumatic. I wanted to create a product that helps families to step away from a scarcity mindset which can potentially lead to forced marriages.
“To move towards an abundance mindset where they feel empowered to find a suitable partner on this platform for their loved ones irrespective of what they have been through.”