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One of the many gifts of Ramadan is the increased opportunity for reflection. We usually think of reflection as an internal exercise, contemplating Allah’s teachings and what the daily events of our lives indicate to us about our standing with Allah.

There are also two other basic forms of reflection that can be extremely powerful in communicating with others, known as mirroring and paraphrasing. As you nurture your ability to use reflection in communicating with others, your skill in reflecting upon the life’s lessons in general will also increase. Both mirroring and paraphrasing are valuable, and there are subtleties in the use of each, this brief note focuses on mirroring

Mirroring means simply repeating back to the speaker the words they just said and is an effective skill in empathic communication. There are many benefits of this technique. First, by repeating the words of the other person you hear them in your own voice, which helps you make sense of what the other person is feeling. Second, you are showing the other person that you are listening closely to what they have to say. Third, mirroring the words of the speaker helps you check to see whether you’ve got it right. Finally, mirroring enables you to slow down the pace of the conversation, which helps to manage both parties’ emotions and provides the opportunity to calm yourself.

Mirroring is a powerful technique that can positively impact your communication with others and expand your internal reflections.

KARAMAH offering a two-day workshop in August
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IKRAM: Foundation for Empowerment of Muslim Women and KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights present a two-day Workshop on Personal and Intervention Skill- Building based on the 'Say Peace' Conflict Resolution Training Manual for Muslim Communities. The workshop will be presented by Dr. Amr Abdalla: Senior Advisor on Conflict resolution at KARAMAH and Senior Advisor on Policy Analysis and Research at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) of Addis Ababa University. Read more about Dr. Abdalla.

Link to event: http://karamah.org/events/personal-and-intervention-skill-building-training-workshop/

Project Sakinah congratulates PFP on their merger with UMR

Project Sakinah would like to congratulate Peaceful Families Project on its new merger with United Muslim Relief. Salma Elkadi Abugideiri, the founding member of PFP, released a statement saying:

“As a founding board member of Peaceful Families Project (PFP) and as a mental health professional, I am committed to helping individuals and families have healthy relationships. As a national non-profit since 2000, PFP has been dedicated to supporting healthy families by educating families, communities, and religious leaders about ways to prevent and address all forms of domestic violence. By becoming a program under United Muslim Relief, we believe that we will be able to reach more people and access more resources that will allow us to be more effective in realizing our goal of ending domestic violence. We are excited about the new opportunities that this new relationship presents, and we look forward to joining UMR’s existing programs that are working towards improving lives globally.”

For the full press release, please visit: http://umrelief.org/umr-welcomes-peaceful-families-project/

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