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Suicide Prevention Community Action Guide

Suicide Prevention Community Action Guide

Americans attempt suicide 1.1 million times a year (CDC, 2012). Every 12.3 min another person dies by suicide (CDC, 2015). Sadly, 90% of those individuals had a diagnosable disorder at the time of death (Lethbridge-Çejku, Rose, & Vickerie, 2006). Muslims are not immune. Our friends, family, mentors, and leaders struggle silently with suicidal thoughts every […]

Silent Struggles Porn Report

Silent Struggles Porn Report

Our latest research shows us that Muslim youth are struggling with pornography. Even though they care about their religion, it does not prevent them from watching it. So, why ARE they watching? What support are they looking for to cope with the shame and guilt they feel, and to quit watching? Over the years, The […]

State of American Muslim Youth: Research & Recommendations

State of American Muslim Youth: Research & Recommendations

American Muslim youth are a heterogeneous group, with varying backgrounds, experiences, and needs. Family, schools, and communities can benefit from research on American Muslim youth to improve current approaches in youth programming and development. This report identifies the nuances and complexities of American Muslim youth’s developmental context or environments. It highlights research on underserved Muslim […]

Muslim Youth Mental Health Fact Sheet

Muslim Youth Mental Health Fact Sheet

This fact sheet was created By Madiha Tahseen, Ph.D and supported by Sameera Ahmed, Ph.D., Anwar Hussein B.S., and Haneya Mustafa The Muslim Youth Mental Health Fact Sheet is an easy-access resource for statistics and facts to use in your Youth talks, presentations, khutbahs, and research. The FYI provides the latest information on today’s Muslim youth and […]

Muslim Youth Identity – FYI Research Bulletin

Muslim Youth Identity – FYI Research Bulletin

By Madiha Tahseen, Ph.D with support from Sameera Ahmed, Ph.D. and Anwar Hussein, B.S. During their teen years, Muslim youth are trying to figure out who they are and what they believe in – just like their peers. Some may question rules and authority – behavior that may appear to parents and other adults as […]

Bullying of Muslim Youth – FYI Report

Bullying of Muslim Youth – FYI Report

By Madiha Tahseen, Ph.D., Sameera Ahmed, Ph.D., and Sawssan Ahmed, Ph.D.  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. The pervasiveness of bullying places American Muslim children at risk for poor mental health and development and increased […]

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).