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Marital Conflict and Road to Success


Did you know that more than 50% of Muslims report at least one significant marital issue, and more than 55% of Muslims are looking for community support? This infographic lists some of the major reasons for marital conflict among Muslim Americans, along with strategies to help improve your marriage. For more resources on this topic take a look at our Divorce Support Toolkit.

This resource is meant as a guide and to help you begin transforming marital conflict into marital success. Please feel free to pass this infographic along to friends and family and check them out as more shareable social posts as well!

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Marital Conflict and Road to Success
Marital Conflict and Road to Success
Marital Conflict and Road to Success

The infographic is based on data from the following research studies:

Killawi, A. (FYI Research Fellow), Daneshpour, M., Elmi, A., Dadras, I,. & Hamada, H. (2014). Recommendations for promoting healthy marriages & preventing divorce in the American Muslim community. Institute of Social Policy & Understanding.

Chapman, A., & Cattaneo, L.B. (2013). American Muslim marital quality: A preliminary investigation. Journal of Muslim Mental Health, http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.10381607.0007.201.

Macfarlane, J. (2012). Islamic Divorce in North America: A Shari’a Path in a Secular Society. https://oxford.universitypressscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753918.001.0001/acprof-9780199753918

Mogahed, D. (2020). American Muslim Poll: Amid Pandemic and Protest. Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, https://www.ispu.org/five-facts-about-divorce/

Abuse is never acceptable. Get help here: https://www.thehotline.org/
For educational resources: https://www.peacefulfamilies.org/

The infographic was created through a generous grant from The Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center.

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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).