June 24, 2010 / 2:23 PM / 9 years ago

Muslims look for piety first in partners: poll

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Muslims consider piety and religious compatibility the most important criteria when looking for a partner, according to a new survey from an online Muslim matrimonial service.

Over one-third (33.1 percent) of those polled said their main focus when judging potential matches was religiousness, with appearance the next most important criteria at 21.1 percent.

“Marriage is an important part of our faith and is integral to the establishment of a loving, close-knit family, it is no surprise that religious compatibility is so important to our members,” said Adeem Younis, managing director of the site.

Other important factors were age, chosen as their priority by 10 percent of those polled, and education with 7.3 percent.

Income and language spoken by potential partners were considered the least important criteria, at 1.1 and 1.4 percent respectively.

The survey was carried out by SingleMuslim.com which polled 3,602 of its worldwide membership.

Reporting by Sophie Wettern; Editing by Steve Addison

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