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In the Holy Qur’an Allah recommends mediation and peaceful settlement of conflict among spouses. Allah says in Surat Al-Nisaa:

وَإِنْ خِفْتُمْ شِقَاقَ بَيْنِهِمَا فَابْعَثُوا حَكَمًا مِنْ أَهْلِهِ وَحَكَمًا مِنْ أَهْلِهَا إِنْ يُرِيدَا إِصْلَاحًا يُوَفِّقِ اللَّهُ بَيْنَهُمَا ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ عَلِيمًا خَبِيرًا  (35)

“If ye fear a breach between them twain, appoint (two) arbiters, one from his family, and the other from hers; if they wish for peace, Allah will cause their reconciliation: For Allah hath full knowledge, and is acquainted with all things” (4:35)

 

Allah also says in Surat Al-Nisaa:

مَّن يَشْفَعْ شَفَٰعَةً حَسَنَةً يَكُنْ لَّهُ نَصِيبٌ مِّنْهَا وَمَن يَشْفَعْ شَفَٰعَةً سَيِّئَةً يَكُنْ لَّهُ كِفْلٌ مِّنْهَا (85) وَكَانَ ٱللَّهُ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ مُّقِيتاً

“Whosoever intercedes for a good cause will have the reward thereof, and whosoever intercedes for an evil cause will have a share in its burden. And Allah is Ever All-Able to do (and also an All-Witness to) everything” (4:85)

 

Beside the above verses, Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) encouraged peaceful settlement. The Prophet said:

الصُّلْحُ جَائِزٌ بَيْنَ الْمُسْلِمِينَ إِلَّا صُلْحًا حَرَّمَ حلالا أو أحل حراما

“Conciliation between Muslims is permissible, except for a conciliation that makes lawful unlawful and unlawful lawful.”

What is Divorce Mediation?

Muslim divorce mediation (Wasaatah) is a voluntary settlement process designed to facilitate the resolution of marital disputes and divorces within the Muslim community. It involves the intervention of trained and culturally sensitive mediators who guide divorcing parties through structured discussions with the aim of reaching mutually agreeable solutions. The key objectives include fostering open communication in an atmosphere of cooperation and mutual respect in order to reach fair and equitable agreements. Muslim divorce mediation aims to provide an alternative to traditional adversarial approaches, emphasizing amicable conflict resolution and the well-being of all parties involved, while adhering to the cultural and religious sensitivities of the Muslim faith.

Objectives of Muslim Divorce Mediation

  1. Cultural Sensitivity:

    Tailor the mediation process to respect and honor Islamic values and traditions, ensuring a culturally sensitive environment for all parties involved.

  2. Fair and Equitable Solutions:

    Facilitate discussions that lead to fair and equitable solutions.

  3. Communication and Understanding:

    Promote open communication and understanding between divorcing parties, fostering an environment conducive to resolving disputes amicably.

  4. Child-Centric Approach:

    Prioritize the well-being and best interests of children involved, developing parenting plans that promote a stable environment.