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The Family and Youth Institute is both a research and education-focused institute and we take community education seriously. We aim to provide research-based educational resources and we do this in many forms. Whether it is through our meticulously crafted curriculum that is presented in each of our many lectures and workshops or through the beautifully developed infographics, not only is the data sound, but the output is sincere.

The Family and Youth Institute also provides community education in the form of short animated videos, designed to translate our research into bite-sized inspiration. We encourage you to take a look! Another way we broadcast the numbers out to the various communities is through our many webinars. Through these virtual classrooms, we can reach audiences no matter where they are located and we cover a range of topics that fall under our four focus areas.

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Additionally, The Family and Youth Institute has a long-running article share where we have distributed over 20,000 educational articles. The daily articles and infographics use research and data to convey information pertinent to families and couples and have The FYI “stamp of approval” after being thoroughly vetted by our team. We encourage you to sign up today! You can always search our article archives to find and read the articles that we’ve posted in the past.

We also offer a number of research bulletins and toolkits that can be found in our Education drop-down menu. These resources cover specific areas such as grief, bullying, and identity development in Muslim youth. Make sure you check back regularly, as this section is constantly being updated.

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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).