Alot of people are not married for a number of reasons. In the UK and especially in certain regions ie Scotland for every 1 man looking there are around 10 single females if not more from a certain age group, 30+. Most of the men have married overseas compared to females.
They see the females here as corrupt. So what does this make their own sisters? They then bring over the wife and have kids in this corrupt environment as they think they can bring them up to have Islamic values. Does this mean they thought their parents brought them up wrong?
When that marriage fails, they then look at women in the UK, the ones they thought were corrupt are now good enough to marry!
The other men have married non muslim, reverts or women of the book.
As a muslim woman can only marry a muslim man, this leaves many women unmarried. When of the book, there are conditions to be met. Belief in 1 God, raising children as muslim and the woman has to be chaste unless she is divorced or widowed. How many does this apply to?
Also, if there are muslimahs to marry in a non muslim country, then marrying a non muslim is not encouraged as who marries the muslim women?
Marrying a revert I have noticed is socially acceptable if the revert is female, especially white. Most have known their spouse prior to reversion. If a woman marries a male revert, the community are not too supportive! Double standards apply here.
If a woman is divorced and wants to remarry and on top of it has children, it is harder for her to get married again. A divorced man normally looks for a woman who has never married or who has no children even though he is not of that status. If it suits both parties , then fine so why are divorced women looked down on?
Ethnicity should not matter, however people still shun this, we are still in a world where caste is still alive and kicking for some muslim groups!
Age matters to a degree. It is normally the man who is way older looking for a younger wife. A generation gap is here so may not have the same generational understanding. Look at parents and children. They don’t see eye to eye as difference in time. Some are marrying someone who is old enough to be their kid, usually from abroad.
Also, the good old way of living with the inlaws. These days not many want to live with them. One thing is, most parents never lived with their inlaws as they migrated to the UK, yet expect their kids and their wives to live and look after them.