We absolutely loved each other's profiles, but we were 3,000 miles apart.
" So I decided to try it, and I went on a Web site called JABER: When I first saw her in her veil, I first thought she looked like an angel, she looked so beautiful. I hadn't even met her or seen her picture -- she didn't have a picture on the Web site. DRUCKMAN: The matchmaker called me; she told me that she had a suggestion for me, and she read the profile over the phone. For RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY, I'm Betty Rollin.There are about 800 Internet dating sites, among them those catering specifically to men and women of many religious faiths. BETTY ROLLIN: Hala Durrah and Adeeb Jaber, who live in Bowie, Maryland, have been married -- very happily, they say -- for three years. Both Hala and Adeeb are traditional Muslims -- no casual dating allowed. HALA DURRAH: I had gone through the traditional channels that a lot of Muslim-American and Arab-American women did, which were being introduced by people through your parents, through family friends. While the young people here may be looking to hook up, as they say, for the short term, religious people are looking to hook up for life. DURRAH: We believe that who you are with, that spouse that you are brought together with, is destiny. DRUCKMAN: You are destined to marry someone; you are destined to meet the right person.Want to find a nice Christian or Jewish or Muslim life partner? And I didn't really find anyone, and I was getting a bit frustrated. That God has decreed this -- that it's written before you are born who you are going to marry and share your life with. There's a question as to whether or not it was real. DRUCKMAN: Well, God is powerful, but even he needs a little help.More than 80 percent of the whites contacted whites and fewer than 5 percent of them contacted blacks, a disparity that held for young as well as for older participants. The percentage of couples who have met online is now nearly equal to that of pairs who met through friends or family, according to the researchers. Census data shows that black-white couples represent just 1 percent of American marriages, he said.The last 40 years have seen a dramatic shift in attitudes in America toward black-white intermarriage—from three to one opposed to three to one in favor, says Mendelsohn. The main findings of this study parallel the census data on marriage in that blacks are more likely than whites to be in interracial marriages, and that couples in which the husband is black and the wife is white are more common than those in which the husband is white and the wife is black, according to Mendelsohn.