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Coping with Anxiety And Mental Illness

Coping with illness in the month of Ramadan is not easy – it may be even harder as some of us lose our social support systems and face increased anxiety during this pandemic.

  • For someone who struggles with a chronic illness, using coping tips and strategies is key to making the most of Ramadan.
  • If you struggle with an eating disorder, ease your way into Ramadan with these 6 tips.
  • When thinking about medications for mental illness, take these considerations into account when deciding to fast or not.
  • If you are a health professional who works with Muslim patients, check out the following resource for guidance regarding general advice for fasting, modified pharmacotherapy, and other planning strategies as your patients prepare for this month.

Ramadan, for individuals struggling with mental illness, can sometimes feel isolating. Read the following personal narratives and know that you are not alone.

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Check out these resources for dealing with anxiety during Ramadan:

Original FYI articles on grief and anxiety around virus-related hospitalization and death.

Addiction

Dealing with any kind of addiction (substance, gambling, shopping, etc.) during Ramadan can be especially challenging. Addictions are complicated and require extensive support and resources. The FYI is working on an upcoming toolkit about addictions. In the meantime, refer to these resources for an overview if addiction is a struggle for you during Ramadan.

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Try these strategies to get through Ramadan with an addiction:

  • Use Ramadan as a stepping stone for change.
  • Consider the use of herbs.
  • Look into natural therapies.
  • Make dietary changes.

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Coping with an addiction and ultimately being sober is no easy task. Try these resources for some support during this process:
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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).