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Religious Unrest Continues in Sri Lanka

An attack was launched by a Buddhist mob against a Mosque in Colombo on Saturday August 10th 2013, just one day after Muslims celebrated “Eid Ul Fitr”. At least 12 people were injured in scuffles that broke out during the siege. The reason for the attack was based on the claim that the new three-storey structure on […]

Counselling and Family Mediation Workshop

The SFM conducted a workshop on Counselling and Family Mediation in January 2013 for 25 members of the Mosque Federation, the Jamiyyathul Ulama, Qadis, Trustees of Mosques, Women Juries and Members of Mediation Board and some other  members of civil society organisations working with family mediation and counselling. Nearly half of the participants were female.


Completion of the workshop ensures that these counsellors will be able to provide Muslim families effective family dispute settlement and guidance, so that families better understand and arrive at mutually agreeable solutions to domestic problems.


During the five-day training program, local trainers (with the support of local resource persons to help conduct certain sessions), focused on tangible mediation strategies and basic counselling principles to resolve conflicts within families.


The SFM also conducted an additional five-day workshop on Counselling and Family Mediation for 32 participants representing the designations mentioned above.


This workshop was organised and conducted after the first workshop revealed the Muslim religious and community leaders lingering need to effectively engage in family mediation through basic counselling concepts in order to deal with their day-to-day affairs relating to family conflicts and thereby ensure the peace within the family and within the society as a whole.


During the workshop, participants acquired various skills and learned about mental health, grief and loss, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, dealing with different groups, the legal aspect, the psychological reasons for family conflicts (in Sri Lanka), ways to reduce family conflicts in villages and Islamic models in resolving personal and family disputes.


In addition to the second 5-day workshop, the original Counselling and Family Mediation workshop also generated two smaller, 1-day workshops; one in Galle and the other in Kinniya.