Marriage Workshop:
Achieving Spousal Harmony

Prerequisite None
Target Audience Young Muslims contemplating marriage, newly married couples, married couples of all ages
Maximum Attendance We would like as many community members to benefit from the material provided in the workshop. However, a maximum of 300 attendees would be the acceptable limit insha’a Allah
Length 7-8 hours
Format Two lectures and two interactive sessions (communication exercises and case studies)
Speakers/Facilitators Dr. Mohamed Rida Beshir and Dr. Ekram Beshir**
Cost Free! The hosting community is only expected to reimburse the speakers’ travel expenses (air tickets and taxis) and accommodate them in a modest hotel

**During some parts of the year, only Dr. Mohamed Rida Beshir is available to travel to deliver a workshop

Detailed Program

Process of selection and ingredients for a successful marriage

This session covers the objectives of marriage in Islam, the proper process of selection, proper gender relations in Islam and its impact on the spousal relationship, and the main ingredients of a successful marriage. Since one of these ingredients is effective communication, the session ends with the Qur’anic golden rule of communication as well as some practical tips on expressions to use and expressions to avoid in spousal situations.

Expected time: 75 – 90 minutes

Spousal dynamics and conflict resolution

This session provides general guidelines on spousal interactions and relationships. It details elements needed to build our family life on Mawadah and Rahmah. Spousal obligations, and proper conflict resolution in Islam are also covered. Special attention is given to the early stage of marriage and how to adjust in various areas to ensure a successful marriage.

The session is augmented with a communication exercise where the audience is divided into smaller groups and work together on several exercises related to communications within spousal settings.

Expected time: 75 – 90 minutes

Case Studies

In this session, attendees are divided into groups and every group is given a case to study, analyze, and answer related questions using the knowledge gained from the previous sessions. The groups will present their analysis to all attendees with comments from both speakers.

Expected time: 90 minutes

Note

  • An electronic multimedia projector to project on the screen from the speaker’s laptop is a must for the workshop.
  • A classroom setting is recommended, with sisters on one side of the hall and brothers in the other side. A Mosque prayer hall is not suitable for this function. Seats are a must, and tables are preferred. Light control is required to ensure better viewing.
  • For the full benefit, both parents are advised to attend the whole program; as such a baby-sitting program is very much recommended. It should include activities such as coloring, games, story telling, a light meal, etc.
  • The time allocated for presentations & workshops can not be shortened.
  • The two presentations complement each other, thus both parents should attend both presentations.