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Suicide Prevention Infographic

Suicide Prevention Infographic

Suicide Prevention Introduction Every twelve minutes a person dies by suicide and Muslims are not immune. Get to know the warning signs, where to go for help and what to say to a friend who is struggling. Use this infographic as a quick reminder of what you can do! Never underestimate that your kindness and […]

Suicide Intervention Infographic

Suicide Intervention Infographic

Suicide Intervention Introduction Do you know what to do if a friend talks about suicide? Use these 7 steps to help assess the risk and guide them to help. The more people know about the seriousness of suicidal talk and suicidal ideation, the more people can step in to be the one to help in […]

The connection between chronic pain and suicide

The connection between chronic pain and suicide

Spine injuries can lead to chronic pain, which in turn may cause feelings of depression, anxiety, and hopelessness. Sadly, some people who experience these debilitating emotions admit their desire to end their own lives. Where to turn if you are considering suicide If you are considering committing suicide, please visit the “Suicide Help” page on […]

7 Surprising Reasons Kids Need Responsibilities

7 Surprising Reasons Kids Need Responsibilities

Do you do everything for your kids? It may be time to stop. Here are 7 reasons kids need responsibilities (with examples by age). If it weren’t for my husband, my three-year-old would still need me to remove his pajamas and put on his shoes. Thankfully, my other half has expected much more from my […]

The Prophet (SAS) said, “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days”
(Bukhari).

Guarantee your blessings!

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).