Peace at Home (Delaware)

A one-day symposium on what it takes to build a healthy, happy family.January 14, 2018, 9:30 – 3:30 at
Islamic Society of Delaware
(28 Salem Church Rd. Newark DE 19713)

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What does it take to create a happy family when modern life threatens to overwhelm us?

This symposium brings together experts who will present ideas that can easily be put to use in your own home to bring families closer together and build stress-free, strong, healthier, happier relationships where everyone flourishes and even the teenager treasures family time.

The aim of the presentations and workshops is to:

  • Build a spousal relationship foundation
  • Become a better parent
  • Manage family members’ behavioral issues
  • Enhance child-parent connection

This symposium was brought forth after a presentation by ICNA Relief’s Dana Winsey-Mohamed at the May 2016 Muslim Leadership Meeting. The presentation (“Domestic Violence, Breaking the Silence”) highlighted various types of abuse, with statistics illustrating how domestic abuse is present in all communities, ethnicities, religions, and socio-economic levels. Sister Dana’s presentation also brought to light many challenges within the home that negatively impact the relationship between husband and wife, as well as between parent and child(ren).

Following Sister Dana’s talk, it was apparent that more needed to be done to communicate openly about these problems, as well as explore ways of prevention through education on key topics like conflict resolution, communication skills, peaceful parenting, and alternatives to anger.

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9:45 – 10:15 : Reception/Registration
10:15 – 10:25 : Opening Dua
10:25 – 10:30 : Welcoming Remarks
10:30 – 1:00 : Presentations (see speaker bios)
1:00 – 2:00 : Lunch
2:00 – 3:00 : Workshops (see below)
3:00 – 4:00 : General Discussion
4:00 – 4:05 : Closing Dua

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Facilitator Presentation Topic
Rabab Alma Communication Skills, SCREAM-Free Parenting & Staying Calm and Connected
Sahir Muhammad The Need for Qualified Muslim Psychologists and Therapists
Shirley Jones Abdus Shakur How to Stay in Peace Rather than Pieces in the Home
Miriam Bhutta Alternatives to Anger & Domestic Violence from an Islamic Perspective
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Facilitator Reflection, Discussion, and Application Session Title
Shirley Jones Abdus Shakur The Benefits and Blessing of Being Kind in the Home
Miriam Bhutta Recognizing and Preventing Domestic Violence
Herman “Abdus Salaam” Davis Domestic Violence, Forgiveness, and Self-Esteem
Rabab Alma Addressing the Nature of Parent-Teen Conflicts
Sahir Muhammad Practical Steps to Address Marriage, Divorce, and Other Social Ills in the Muslim Community
Miriam Abuawadeh Addressing Needs of a Child Witnessing or Experiencing Trauma or Domestic Violence

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