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We know that the challenges associated with divorce are too often swept under the rug. We aim to spotlight it, drawing out support mechanisms and solutions for those navigating divorce and those supporting them. Delve into our comprehensive collection dedicated to divorce — offering insights, support, and tools to help individuals and families find a path toward healing and resilience.


In this webinar, you’ll learn about the counseling trends and mental health needs from Rafee Al-Mansur, a Marriage and Family Therapist in Residence. Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, discusses the stigma and perception, and what is needed to shift the conversation to support rather than speculation. Dr. Madiha Tahseen of the FYI outlines available resources and discusses findings from the Divorce Needs Assessment conducted in preparation for the publication of our Divorce Support Toolkit.



How Do You Know If You Need Counseling Or A Divorce?

Divorce is not a linear process–you don’t just move from a troubled marriage to getting a divorce. Some couples move...


Does marital conflict mean divorce? Strategies to help determine if divorce is the next step.

More than 50% of Muslims report at least one significant marital issue (Chapman & Cattaneo, 2013). The reality is divorce...


Co-Parenting Tips for Divorced Parents

Co-parenting amicably after a split is rarely easy, but by making joint custody work you can give your children the...



Contemplating Divorce

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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...

Research & Resource Contributors

At The FYI, we take community education and engagement seriously. Research shows that nurturing relationships, positive experiences, and healthy environments influence positive mental health and well-being. We strive to enhance these qualities by educating and engaging individuals to empower change in communities. We aim to support and uplift young people and their families by conducting original research and translating that research into creative and useful mediums for people like you.


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Dr. Madiha Tahseen


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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).