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10 ways to recharge your marriage daily

One of the most frustrating things on earth is when you reach into your pocket to pull out your smart phone and realize it’s completely out of power. You remember that you didn’t charge it up, and now, it’s dead. You won’t be able to play Candy Crush or check facebook or text anybody until you find a way to recharge it.

When something is important to us, we need to make sure it stays charged up.

Think about this simple concept in terms of your marriage. If your marriage is important to you, shouldn’t you be intentional about “recharging” it daily? Shouldn’t you make sure you’re doing everything in your power to keep your relationship with your husband or wife powered up at all times?

Most of us would say we want a fully charged, marriage, but we don’t always know how to do it. There’s not a simple instruction manual or a plug attached to your spouse you can just connect into an outlet. No, recharging a marriage requires much more effort than recharging a phone.

Luckily, it’s not as difficult as you may think. Below are ten simple ways you can add a daily dose of energy to your marriage.

In no particular order…

1. Give a foot rub.

This might not sound glamorous, but it’s very helpful. When you’re touching your spouse (and not just sexual touch), it connects you on a physical and emotional level. Your conversations become deeper when you’re touching while you talk. Plus, your spouse will really appreciate the massage!

2. Go to bed at the same time.

This one isn’t always practical, but do it as much as you can. “Pillow Talk” makes for some of a couple’s most intimate conversations, plus there a lot more than talking you can do together in the bedroom!

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Zakat eligibility of The FYI

The Family & Youth Institute, or The FYI, is a well-known Muslim organization in the United States. It works to promote mental health and wellness by strengthening and empowering individuals, families, and communities through research and education. It has been working for many years to bring Islamic perspectives to understanding and promoting mental health in our communities.

It is dedicated to serving and supporting Muslims – safeguarding our deen, our families, and our future generations. Therefore, the work of The FYI comes in the category of ‘fi sabeelillah’ or the Path of Allah, within the eight categories where Zakat money can be used.

Zakah expenditures are only for the poor and for the needy and for those employed for it and for bringing hearts together [for Islam] and for freeing captives [or slaves] and for those in debt and for the cause of Allah, and for the [stranded] traveler – an obligation [imposed] by Allah, And Allah, is Knowing and Wise.”
(Al-Tawbah 9:60)

According to scholars who widen the meaning of fee sabeelillah to include any activities that promote Islamic growth, The FYI is indeed eligible to receive part of the Zakat funds for its programs and services. I urge Muslims in America to support this organization through their donations, general charity, and through their Zakat. I ask Allah swt to strengthen and guide The FYI to continue its good work in supporting Muslims.

Shaikh Ali Suleiman Ali, PhD

About Shaikh Ali

Sh. Ali Suleiman Ali was born in Ghana where he spent his childhood studying with various Muslim scholars. He then moved to Saudi Arabia and enrolled in the Islamic University of Madina.  He graduated with a degree in both Arabic and Islamic Studies. Dr. Ali went on to complete his Ph.D. in Islamic Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Sh. Ali serves on the Advisory Council of The Family & Youth Institute. He is the Senior Imam and Director of the Muslim Community of Western Suburbs in Canton, Michigan. Additionally, he serves as the Director of Muslim Family Services in Detroit and is a council member of the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA). He is also a member of the North American Imams Federation (NAIF) and the Association of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA).