First Published: 2011-02-04


Muslim women seek older husbands


Surveys reveal majority of Muslim men would prefer to marry someone younger.


Middle East Online

Within five years of their own age

LONDON - The latest surveys carried out by, the world's leading internet-based matrimonial service for the Muslim community, show that the majority of Muslim men would prefer to marry someone younger.

The first of the polls asked members whether their ideal marriage partner would be the same age, younger or older than themselves.

The results released today (3 February 2011) show that just over a quarter of all respondents, male and female, stated they were looking for a younger spouse - an unexpected 96 percent of men choose this option, and indicated that they were looking for a younger wife.

Conversely, of the one-third of all respondents who claimed to be looking for an older spouse, 96 percent of women choose this option, and indicated that they were looking for an older husband.

Commenting on the results,'s Managing Director, Adeem Younis says: "I imagine many people would assume that men would prefer to marry younger women, whilst women would look to marry older men - it is a bit of a cliché. However, the 96% / 4% gender split surprised even us!"

In the second poll, which was run simultaneously,'s members were asked to specify an age range in which they were searching for their ideal marriage partner.

Whilst over 75 percent of the site's members would prefer their prospective marriage partner to be within five years of their own age, 14 percent of male respondents said that they were searching for someone within ten years of their age, and just over 2 percent stated that they would be happy with a 20-year age gap.

Adeem Younis continues: "Traditionally, a large age gap between marriage partners is quite common within Muslim culture, and the fact that the vast majority of our members would be prefer their spouse to be within five years of their age perhaps indicates the extent to which they have integrated into Western society, where a smaller age gap is considered the norm.

"However, it is important to bear in mind that if our members are entering marriage with the right intentions then the age gap should make no difference to the relationship at all.

"After all, the most successful marriages are founded on a meeting of minds and hearts, and not on the number of candles on each partner's birthday cake!"


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