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Bullying Prevention Toolkit

Bullying of American Muslim children and adolescents is on the rise. Check out our resources for youth, parents, and educators.

The FYI’s Bullying of Muslim Youth Report

Bullying Prevention Toolkit

Due to an increasingly divisive socio-political climate, bullying of American Muslim children and adolescents is on the rise and occurs across various contexts within their lives. Given the challenges that American Muslim youth face, it is imperative to intervene from multiple avenues to buffer the impact of bullying and harassment. 

7 Ways to Support Muslim Youth Facing Bullying

How do you know if your child is being bullied? What is the percentage of bullying incidents against American Muslim youth?

The FYI's Infographic: Bullying and Its Impact on Muslim Kids

Bullying Prevention Toolkit

55% of Muslim students have reported that they have been bullied because of their religion. This number is twice the national average. Even more concerning is that 1 in 4 of those incidents was by school teachers, administrators, or staff! Between 2016 and 2017, there was a 91% increase in hate crimes against Muslims. These numbers are heartbreaking, concerning, and strong call to action.

Your Child is Being Bullied Online – How to Spot it and How to Stop It

Bullying Prevention Toolkit

While Aleena once enjoyed school, she now looks for any excuse to avoid her online classes. She now flinches at any notifications and has dropped off of her once active social media accounts. What is cyberbullying? What does it look like in today’s world of virtual learning? 

Resources for Parents


How to Talk to Your Kids About Bullying – A video produced by Mike Deike

Bullying Prevention Toolkit

While more than one in four children say they have experienced being bullied, only 20-30 percent of those children ever report it to an adult. The startling statistic can be troublesome for parents, leaving many wondering how to know if their child is being bullied and what they should do about it. Click here to watch the video. 

  • Know what it looks like when your child is being bullied
  • Worried that your child is a bully? Read this article to learn about what is really behind the bullying behavior and how to teach him/her to have healthy relationships
  • Learn about how bullying impacts your child but also everyone around him/her.
  • Learn what to say and what NOT to say when your child experiences bullying.
  • Recognize these misconceptions about bullying so that you don’t fall into the trap of minimizing the effects of this behavior
  • Follow this flowchart to help you determine if the behavior is bullying or not
  • Every bad interaction is not bullying. Check out this article to understand the difference between teasing and bullying
  • Avoid blaming your child for their experiences
  • Empower, uplift, and promote resilience in your child so they can power through and grow from their experiences
  • If the bullying is based on religion (i.e. Islamophobic incidents), make sure to report this behavior to CAIR
  • Read more about how one mother helped her daughter overcome cyberbullying

Resources for School Administrators

Strategies for Educators, Counselors and Community Members to Build Protective Factors for America’s Muslim Youth

Bullying Prevention Toolkit

This webinar focused on strategies to help participants create protective factors and pro-social opportunities for our nation’s Muslim youth. Presenters discussed adolescent development, positive youth development, and how to create safe and accepting academic and community environments for Muslim youth. Dr. Sameera Ahmed of The FYI was joined by Robert Butts, LaMont Lyons, Dr. Richard Kreipe, and Deepa Bhandaru. Click here to watch the video.


Helping Educators and Counselors Prevent Bullying of and Discrimination against our Nation’s Muslim Youth from The Office of Juvenile Justice

Bullying Prevention Toolkit

In this webinar (recording) The Family and Youth Institute collaborated with Department of Education, Department of Justice, Department of Health & Human Services, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to discuss civil rights, bullying and harassment, basic cultural competence, behavioral health implications of bullying, and resources for assisting America’s Muslim youth. Click here to view or read the transcript.


The Role of the Educator in Protecting Muslim Youth from StopBullying.Gov

Bullying Prevention Toolkit

Classrooms and schools should provide learning environments that are not only free from discrimination and harassment based on protected traits — including religion — but should also be conduits for students to build bridges with other students across different backgrounds, break down stereotypes, acknowledge and affirm important aspects of their identity, and learn how to be an ally when faced with bullying and bias. Click here to read more.


Bullying Prevention Guide from Islamic Networks Group (ING)

Bullying Prevention Toolkit

As Muslim parents and social activists work to create a better society and world for our children, ING created this Bullying Prevention Guide as a tool for parents, teachers, school administrators, and community members in the hope that it will help prevent the bullying of students in public and private schools, including full-time and weekend Islamic schools. Click here to read more.


Bullying Prevention Toolkit


Know Your Classmates

Know Your Classmates is a curriculum, a campaign, and a national awareness day designed to create and nurture healthy and open relationships between classmates, particularly focused on middle school students, from the moment school starts this fall. Click here to read more.


Additional Resources for Educators

  • Twenty Plus Things Schools Can Do to Respond to or Prevent Hate Incidents Against Arab-Americans, Muslims, and Sikhs.

  • Follow this flowchart to help you to determine if the behavior is bullying or not.

  • Here’s how to work with students to build a resilience mindset

  • How to promote a positive school climate

Resources for Youth


Bullying Prevention Toolkit

CAIR – Know Your Rights as a Muslim Youth at School

Click here to print pocket guide.

More on Cyberbullying

As our children spend more time online, they are more susceptible to cyberbullying. Parents must be proactive to ensure their child’s safety online. Refer to the following resources for support:

More Resources from The FYI

Bullying Prevention Toolkit

Six Ways to Better Your Relationship with Youth

Did you know that young people with mentors are less likely to engage in risky behaviors?

Bullying Prevention Toolkit

The FYI's Muslim Youth Identity Bulletin

This bulletin summarizes research on Muslim youth identity development in a digestible way.

Risk Behaviors Among American Muslim Youth

What to know about American Muslim college students and risk behaviors, all in one infographic.


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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).