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9 Tools for Middle Schoolers to Master Conflict

9 Tools for Middle Schoolers to Master Conflict

“I felt like you really betrayed me when you did that to me,” my daughter sternly said to me. I replied, “That came across a little harsh, and I was put on the defensive. Can you try another word?” She responded with, “OK…When you did that to me, I felt insecure…Ugh, that isn’t right either! […]

How miscommunication happens (video)

How miscommunication happens (video)

Have you ever talked with a friend about a problem, only to realize that he just doesn’t seem to grasp why the issue is so important to you? Have you ever presented an idea to a group, and it’s met with utter confusion? What’s going on here? Katherine Hampsten describes why miscommunication occurs so frequently, […]

5 Tips for Talking to Kids About Mental Illness

5 Tips for Talking to Kids About Mental Illness

If you’re a parent and you or another family member has experienced mental health concerns, you might be worried about talking to your children about them. Should you discuss it at all? If you do, what should you say? Your first reaction may be to avoid talking about it all together. However, I’ve learned as […]

When Hate Leads to Depression – NY Times Op Ed

When Hate Leads to Depression - NY Times Op Ed

This Week in Hate highlights hate crimes and harassment around the country since the election of President Trump. Women afraid to go out in public. College students struggling in school. Employees feeling unsafe on the job. People of all walks of life experiencing anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. These are some of the mental […]

16 Tips for Drama-Free Parenting

16 Tips for Drama-Free Parenting

by Laura Markham, PhD, Contributor to Family & Parenting on AllThingsHealing.com Parents often ask me how to get along with their suddenly volatile preteen daughter. It’s a shock when your previously sweet little girl starts throwing tantrums again. Twelve year old girls can be moody, overdramatic, self-centered, focused almost solely on friends, close-mouthed, surly, back-talking and condescending […]

Gardening with Kids: How It Affects Your Child’s Brain, Body and Soul

Gardening with Kids: How It Affects Your Child’s Brain, Body and Soul

For parents struggling to find ways to encourage their kids to eat a healthy and balanced diet, gardening can be an important tool. Don’t let the idea overwhelm you. Gardening doesn’t require a perfectly level, large or sunny backyard. Try planting in a small raised bed or growing a few edibles in existing landscaping. Lean […]

Islamophobia: Psychologists are studying the impact of anti-Muslim sentiment

Islamophobia: Psychologists are studying the impact of anti-Muslim sentiment

Islamophobia Psychologists are studying the impact of anti-Muslim sentiment and exploring ways to prevent it By Rebecca A. Clay | April 2017, Vol 48, No. 4 |Print version: page 34 When President Donald Trump first tried to stop citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States, he cited the Sept. 11 terrorist […]

When Your Child Hits You: A script

When Your Child Hits You: A script

“For me the biggest problem still remains my own anger and fear when my boy is crossing the line — especially regarding safety. He has hurt me badly so many times. I know that probably he didn’t mean it but the pain sometimes brought me to tears. I wish I could remain calm in those […]

How to Avoid the Pursuer-Distancer Pattern in Your Relationship

How to Avoid the Pursuer-Distancer Pattern in Your Relationship

Jane: “Why do you do that?” John: “Do what?” Jane: “You ignore me.” John: “No, I don’t.” Jane: “We need to talk about this. You’re doing it now.” John: “I don’t see the problem. You’re overreacting.” Jane: “No, I’m not!” John: “I don’t want to talk about this anymore.” Jane is pursuing. John is distancing. […]

The Symptoms of Postpartum Depression & Anxiety (in Plain Mama English)

The Symptoms of Postpartum Depression & Anxiety (in Plain Mama English)

What does it feel like to have postpartum depression or postpartum anxiety?  What are the signs or symptoms? How do you know when you have it? And if you do have it, what should you do? Below we will explain the signs of postpartum depression and anxiety, but in what we call “plain mama English.”  We won’t use words […]

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).