Suhbah MARRIAGE PREP – STRONG COUPLES is an online certified Islamic Pre-Marital Training curriculum that brings together the best of two of the top premarital education curricula (Prepare/Enrich & SYMBIS) and is infused with Islamic principles and Fiqh of Marriage to prepare couples with skills and education to create sustainable, healthy, strong marriages.
The sessions utilize fun and engaging activities where couples not only learn tips from the leading marriage researchers and sunan of Rasulullah (S), but they also actively solve real conflicts with their partners, in real time, during the discussion sessions.
The SUHBAH pre-marital curriculum has been certified and verified by the state of Texas’s Healthy Marriage program, which means that anyone in Texas who takes the SUHBAH course can request an official Pre Marital Training certificate which waives $60 off their marriage license and no 72-hour waiting period as long as they complete the full course. Residents outside Texas are also welcome to take the course.
The divorce statistics in the the Muslim community are at over 33%, and even though Allah tells us in the Quran to seek help from mediators when the husband and wife are facing trouble (Surah Nisa, ayah 35) we STILL don’t seek help. We have to fight the stigma in our community before the statistic rises and More families are torn apart!
Instead of allowing couples to dive into the deep end hoping they don’t drown – in regards to something that Rasulullah (S) called “half our faith”, we should proactively educate and train couples so they are empowered and equipped with the skills to make good decisions in this beautiful – yet difficult – union of marriage.
The Strong Couples Online Course is a pre-recorded, self-paced program that consists of over 6 hours of content taught by Imam Mahad and Ustadha Safiya. The course covers marriage from the Islamic and Counseling perspectives. The course is filled with discussion activities and prompts for the couple to help improve their understanding and strengthen their relationship.
We encourage couples to watch the videos together or plan to watch them at the same time so that they can effectively complete the activities with one another.
LIVE COUPLES COUNSELING SESSIONS
When registering for the course, couples can opt for a 50-minute private couples counseling session online – at a reduced rate – with one of our Suhbah Ihsaan Counselors – to be completed after the course. Couples who require more than one session can avail our 4 counseling session bundles. Fees at the bottom of the page.
The course videos are available to be viewed within 6 months or 8 months of enrolling. After 6 or 8 months, video access will expire. If you need an extension, let us know at email@example.com!
As a registered and officially verified curriculum with the Texas county clerk pre-marriage department (Texas Twogether), couples who complete SUHBAH pre-marital training can request an official state of Texas Pre Marital Training certificate, which waives $60 off their Texas marriage license fees, and the 72-hour waiting period for the marriage license will be waived.
Mahad Qamar and Safiya Ravat lead the 6-hour content. They are the co-founders of SUHBAH Institute and have been married over a decade. Both hold degrees in Islamic Fiqh and Usul al Fiqh (Islamic Law and Jurisprudence) from the International Islamic University of Malaysia and a Masters in Pastoral Counseling in Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia. They’re currently the lead instructors at the Suhbah Seminary in Houston, Texas. Suhbah offers Islamic seminary courses, avenues for singles looking to get married, as well as pre-marital training for engaged couples and newlyweds. They are certified pre-marital training facilitators through PREPARE/ENRICH and SYMBIS.
Breakdown of the Seminar
STRONG COUPLES: Suhbah Marriage Prep seminar will include:
- 8 hour curriculum (6 hours of content, 1-2 hours of couples discussion)
- Integrates two certified pre-marital curricula (PREPARE/ENRICH and SYMBIS) as well as Islamic principles and marriage fiqh
- Interactive activities and skill-building discussions that help foster communication and conflict resolution skills for couples
- Main topics covered:
- Islamic Rights And Responsibilities In Marriage
- Breaking Down Marriage Myths
- Communication Skills
- Conflict Resolution Skills
- Marital Intimacy
- Family History Influences
- Relationship Roles And Responsibilities
- Personality Types and Differences
- Languages of Love & Distress
- OPTION 1: $275 – Strong Couples (Course Only)
- OPTION 2: $300 – Strong Couples Course + 1 Couples Counseling Session
- OPTION 3: $600 – Strong Couples Course + 4 Couples Counseling Sessions
Fee is per couple, not per individual.
Financial aid available – email firstname.lastname@example.org before registering to avail financial aid.