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Grief Support Toolkit

Grief Support Toolkit

This toolkit provides resources about the grieving process, coping with different kinds of loss, and age-specific grief support for children and young adults. Home Toolkits What’s on This Page How to Cope with Loss and Grief Leaning on Faith When Grieving Coping Over Time: Long Term Grief Helping Others Through Grief Survivors Guilt Additional Resources […]

The FYI’s Suicide Prevention Toolkit

The FYI's Suicide Prevention Toolkit

This toolkit is a curation of culturally attuned resources addressing suicide risks, intervention, assessment, and prevention. Home Toolkits What’s on This Page Are You Having Suicidal Thoughts? Community Action Guide for Suicide Prevention How to Respond to Suicide in the Muslim Community Infographics: Suicide Prevention and Intervention Suicide Prevention Khutba Guide Resources for Parents, Community […]

Coping With 9/11 As A Young Adult

Coping With 9/11 As A Young Adult

Written by Madiha Tahseen, Ph.D. Acknowledgments: Mariam Rasheed, MSW; Fatyma Karamoko, B.A. On September 11th, 2001, the world mourned the loss of life and destruction. It was also a pivotal moment in the history of Muslims in the U.S. and across the world. As a young adult today, you may not be aware of how […]

9/11 Anniversary Response Guide For Educators

9/11 Anniversary Response Guide For Educators

Written by Madiha Tahseen, Ph.D. Acknowledgments: Mariam Rasheed, MSW; Fatyma Karamoko, B.A. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of September 11th. The world mourned the loss of life and destruction of that day. It was also a pivotal moment in the history of Muslims in the U.S. and across the world. As educators, you have […]

9/11 Anniversary Response Guide For Parents

9/11 Anniversary Response Guide For Parents

<style=”montserrat;”>Article written by Madiha Tahseen, Ph.D.  Acknowledgments: Mariam Rasheed, MSW; Fatyma Karamoko, B.A. Special thanks to Amina Barhumi for her review of the toolkit. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of September 11th. The world mourned the loss of life and destruction of that day. It was also a pivotal moment in the history of […]

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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).