In the current Muslim American context, many families seek the counsel of imams and community leaders when facing issues within their marriage or home. Because of the Islamic belief that marriage is sacred, the pressure is on religious leaders to provide guidance that will ensure the best resolution for the marriage and family. Coupled with that pressure, is the fact that many imams are inadequately equipped to facilitate healthy conversations.
As a result, KARAMAH has curated an innovative program: the Muslim Mediation Initiative (MMI). We have carefully put together a curriculum developed by KARAMAH staff and scholars in our Jurist and Leader Network. The ultimate objective of the initiative is to train participants to serve as mediators and dispute resolution specialist with culturally relevant methods for working with Muslim clients in the community.
WHO it is for?
The training is developed for and geared towards imams and community leaders who can in turn affect change in their local communities by serving as mediators and dispute resolution specialists.
Two one-day training workshops will take place on Saturday, November 8th, and Saturday November 24nd, 2014. Interested community members are to register by October 20, 2014. Upon completing the two workshops, KARAMAH will use input from participants in order to prepare a pilot training program. This will be followed by wide implementation across the US.