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Are you stressed out about the Muslim Ban decision?

“And, (remember) when those who disbelieved plotted against you to restrain you or kill you or evict you. But they plan, and Allah plans. And Allah is the best of planners.” – Qur’an 8:30

Are you stressed out about the Muslim Ban decision?The Supreme Court will rule on Trump v. Hawaii, the Muslim Ban case, in June, and it will likely be next week. Many folks have been eagerly watching the news and the Supreme Court’s website for the latest updates. We just got word that the decision will not come out today (Thursday, June, 14th), but as we go into our Eid Holiday weekend, we wanted to make sure that you had the resources you needed to stay safe and sane in these uncertain times.

If you are looking for more information on the latest decision and what lead up to this point, check out or We Will Not Be Banned.

Below we have included resources that provide tips for stress relief, anxiety, and depression.

Processing Your Fears and Anxiety

You may be feeling anxious and struggling to try to make sense of the political climate and the implications on your family and religious community. Remember what you do have control over and focus on that!

  • Take a break – including unplugging from news and social media, and take care of yourself.
  • Rely on these suggested coping skills that may help you at this moment.
  • Reach out to support people to help you process your thoughts and feelings.
  • While you may be stressed, it is important to not pass it on to your children.
  • Keep in mind that how adults react has an impact on kids. Children are watching and often know when their parents are going through a stressful situation. Be conscious of what you say, how you say it, and your non-verbals, because children are interpreting your behavior and learning how to react themselves.
  • You do not have to be a pillar of strength that seems to have it all together, but you also do not want to be falling apart at the seams. While it is okay for your child to see you in a controlled state of frustration, you want to make sure you are helping them feel secure and reassured that they have a place to come to without making you more upset.
  • Make sure you are stable and able to listen to your children because it is the key to helping them in the long run.

Resources on Stress and Anxiety and Depression

Are you stressed out about the Muslim Ban decision?Here are some quick tips including self-soothing techniques, breathing exercises and other recommendations from PsychologyToday to calm your body and mind in times of high stress or building anxiety. This resource includes information on diaphragmatic breathing, positive self-talk, and muscle relaxation techniques that can help you in times of great need.



Are you stressed out about the Muslim Ban decision?Learn about the 4 A’s of stress relief: Avoid, Alter, Accept, Adapt. Click here to read about each category and how to train yourself to know which method to know when.

This recent New York Times article featuring The FYI includes a number of centers and resources that are available depending on your location in order to get the help you need. It articulates the experience of American Muslims being in “perpetual crisis-mode” and the mental health dangers affiliated with this state.

Are you stressed out about the Muslim Ban decision?Many of us are on the go, dealing with our families, our jobs, the commute, or what to have for dinner tonight and don’t feel like we have the time to take a moment and put our mental health needs first. These easy to use apps can help you make that time. has selected these resources based on their quality, user reviews, and overall reliability as a source of support for people living with depression.

Remember “holding fast to the rope of Allah” is key during times like these and looking to the Qur’an and the example of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as a family can help ease some of the anxiety you might be feeling collectively. Here are some reminders to help you remember when at times it may be easy to forget.

We must first remind ourselves and our children that Allah is in full control over everything. This is a cornerstone of our faith.

Abu al-‘Abbas ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas (ra) reports:

“One day I was riding behind the Prophet, peace, and blessings be upon him, when he said, ‘Young man, I will teach you some words. Be mindful of Allah, and He will take care of you. Be mindful of Him, and you shall find Him at your side. If you ask, ask of Allah. If you need help, seek it from Allah.”

“Know that if the whole world were to gather together in order to help you, they would not be able to help you except if Allah had written so. And if the whole world were to gather together in order to harm you, they would not harm you except if Allah had written so. The pens have been lifted, and the pages are dry.” Related by Tirmidhi

Since Allah is in control of everything, then everything happens according to His plans. Try as we might, it is impossible for us to comprehend everything and the “big picture”. But Allah in His infinite knowledge and mercy has all factors under consideration and is “the best of planners.”

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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).