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Divorce Support Toolkit

This toolkit provides resources and practical tips on maneuvering through a divorce, regardless of what stage of the process you are in.

American Muslim communities are experiencing a rise in marital struggles and divorce at similar rates to their non-Muslim counterparts. Getting a divorce may come with many challenges and little help or support in navigating them. However, with appropriate support and direction, divorce does not need to feel so difficult and stigmatized. This toolkit provides resources and practical tips on maneuvering through a divorce, regardless of what stage of the process you are in.

American Muslim communities are experiencing a rise in marital struggles and divorce at similar rates to their non-Muslim counterparts. However, Muslim families and couples face unique challenges as they navigate divorce, particularly stigma, shame, and lack of familial or community support. Guided by the principles of community-based participatory research (Wallerstein & Duran, 2010), we conducted a three-pronged needs assessment of the divorce process among American Muslim couples. First, we conducted a review of current research on divorce amongst both American-Muslim and other-religion families. This review provided information about the potential areas of conflict during the divorce process as well as ways to support struggling couples. Second, we interviewed individuals who were from diverse professional backgrounds (e.g., Marriage/Family Therapist, Imam, Social Worker), and served clients struggling with marriage or were divorced themselves. Finally, based on the findings from the literature review and interviews, an online survey was created and disseminated to the broader American Muslim community. 

  • You are dealing with divorce yourself, at any stage–be it just in the beginning, in the midst of a divorce, post-divorce or even contemplating remarriage
  • You have a loved one (friend, sibling, etc.) you want to support
  • You are a community leader who wants to learn how to support your congregants
  • You are a mental health professional who is looking for resources for their clients
Divorce Support Toolkit

To create this toolkit, The FYI team selected relevant resources from a variety of platforms while keeping cultural and religious sensitivities in mind. Other content on these platforms do not necessarily reflect the vision and views of The FYI. These resources should not replace the consultation of a trained mental health professional when needed. It is our hope that individuals and couples will use it as a resource along with counseling.

Contemplating Divorce

Divorce Support Toolkit

Assess Your Relationship

Divorce Support Toolkit

Dealing with Abuse

A Webinar on Stigma, Trends, and Latest Research

In the Midst of a Divorce

Divorce Support Toolkit

Interacting With
Your Partner

Divorce Support Toolkit

Self-Care During a Divorce

Divorce Support Toolkit

Discussions With Your Children

Infographic: Marital Conflict and Road to Success

Thinking about therapy?

The FYI’s Therapy Guide can help.  

After a Divorce

Divorce Support Toolkit

Finding Your New Normal

Getting a divorce may leave you navigating many emotions. Here’s how you can cope.

Divorce Support Toolkit

Considering Remarriage

Being open to remarriage happens over time, and comes with unique challenges.

Divorce Support Toolkit

Supporting Loved Ones

Know someone going through a divorce? Here’s how you can offer support.

Looking for more?

Support Groups

Support GroupWeb AddressDescription
Nasiha Counseling Treatment Center group for divorced Muslim women
Wasilah Connections Connections aims to be a social service organization that will create and support individuals by providing holistic support to the challenges people face. They provide divorce support groups regularly.
Islamic Society of Greater Houston group for Muslims whose marriages have ended. You will find welcoming and supportive people who have shared similar experiences. Facilitators will guide the group to discuss important issues surrounding divorce.
Muslim Women’s Alliance to empowering Muslim women and girls. MWA’s core focus areas are the development of leaders, fostering community service, mentoring women, and empowering the community through social justice awareness and action.


Organization NameWeb AddressDescription
The Faith Trust Institute national, multifaith, multicultural training, and education organization with global reach working to end sexual and domestic violence.
The Khalil Center counseling and therapy services. Has web therapy sessions available. Discounted fees based on income, financial assistance, and insurance coverage.
Peaceful Families Project includes prevention and intervention and addresses domestic violence among Muslim families and communities through collaboration with imams, community leaders and members, social service professionals, activists, educators, legal providers, and youth leaders.
Turning Point for Women and Familieshttp://tpny.orgProvides direct services like free counseling, crisis intervention, support groups, and advocacy & referral services for women/children affected by domestic violence that are culturally and religiously sensitive.
In Shaykh’s Clothinghttps://inshaykhsclothing.comA resource website for spiritual abuse in the Muslim community. They discuss the phenomenon of spiritual abuse, help those directly affected, and work on prevention by providing education, training, and policies.
Heart Women and Girlshttp://heartwomenandgirls.orgEmpowers faith-based communities to address sexual violence and improve sexual health literacy. They ensure that all Muslims have the resources, language, and choice to nurture sexual health and confront sexual violence. Their work is culturally-sensitive and developmentally appropriate for the audiences that they serve.
Wellness Through Counselinghttps://www.wellnessthroughcounseling.comCulturally sensitive therapy and counseling services. Provides individual psychotherapy, marriage counseling, and family therapy.
National Stepfamily Resource Center

This toolkit was developed by Madiha Tahseen, Ph.D., Youmna Ansari, B.A., Fatma Gdoura, B.A., Jude El-Buri, B.A, and designed by Sarrah AbuLughod, M.A. This toolkit was also vetted by Rafee Al-Mansur, M.S., MFT-R, and Amal Killawi, LCSW. This project was supported by a generous grant from Dar Al-Hijra.


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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).