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Tragic Events Toolkit

Tragic Events Toolkit

The toolkit provides guidance on how to process a tragic event with your family. Home Toolkits What’s on This Page Process Your Own Fears and Anxiety First Listen to and Reassure Your Children Lean on Faith Advocate for Your Child at School Additional Resources for Community Organizers and Religious Leaders After a Tragic Event “Mama, […]

Learning to Love Again After an Affair

Learning to Love Again After an Affair

Is it possible to rebuild trust after your partner has been unfaithful? The loss of the relationship you envisioned can cause intense rage, jealousy, and sadness, and also raises many questions. Should you stay? Will things ever be the same? One thing is certain: learning to love again is a slow process. Although regaining trust […]

How to Protect Your Child From Sexual Abuse

How to Protect Your Child From Sexual Abuse

Recently, a good friend of mine shared a Facebook post by one of her friends, who happens to be a pediatrician. The post was on something that should be of interest to ALL parents: child sexual abuse; specifically, when it happens, where it happens, and WHO victimizes our kids and how to talk to your kids about it and […]

How to Save Your Relationship

How to Save Your Relationship

It was Mike Martin’s affair that finally led him and his wife, Katie, to my office for couples counseling. But the betrayal was a symptom of a deeper problem in their 19-year marriage. “He felt like he wasn’t getting his emotional needs met at home,” says Katie, 45, a teacher in Richmond, Virginia. “Maybe that’s because he […]

How to Talk to your Child(ren) about Divorce

How to Talk to your Child(ren) about Divorce

Children at varied developmental levels naturally have a different understanding of divorce, the reasons for it, and what the future will bring. Parents will therefore need to tailor discussions according to their children’s maturity. Parents of young children should maintain routines, provide consistency in rules and expectations, and provide extra affection. Provide young children with […]

5 Simple Ways to Strengthen the Friendship in Your Marriage

5 Simple Ways to Strengthen the Friendship in Your Marriage

“True friends are never apart; maybe in distance, but never in heart.” This quote rings true for couples. We all want to know the secret to making love last, but what if it was as simple as just being your partner’s friend? Does that sound a little too easy? According to research by Dr. John […]

Insomnia in Older Adults: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Insomnia in Older Adults: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Sleep is a very important part of any healthy routine. A good night’s rest is a vital ingredient to a fit and active lifestyle. Unfortunately, those who need it most are often afflicted with insomnia. Insomnia in the senior populations is a huge problem. When older adults suffer from sleep deprivation, they become more vulnerable […]

Breaking the Pursue-Withdraw Pattern

Breaking the Pursue-Withdraw Pattern

The pursue-withdraw pattern is an extremely common cause of divorce. If left unresolved, it will continue into a second marriage and subsequent intimate relationships. As Dr. Gottman explains in Why Marriages Succeed or Fail, “This classical marital impasse is all too common—a wife seeking emotional connection from a withdrawn husband.” How do couples fall into a […]

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).