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We are reclaiming the narrative on mental health with The FYI Podcast! From mental health and youth empowerment to elder care and marriage preparedness, we delve into pivotal issues impacting our families and communities. In enriching conversations, our esteemed community educators and partners bring our research to life, offering thoughtful perspective and meaningful solutions on the most pressing issues facing our communities today. Tune into our Podcast for inspiring dialogue certain to broaden your perspective and answer pressing questions!

Episode 4: How do Muslims Prepare for Marriage? Insights from 32 In-Depth Interviews

About the Episode The guest of this episode is Amal Killawi, author of the first journal article on marriage preparation...

Episode 3: My Parents are Emotionally Abusive. What Do I Do?

“My parents call me names and berate me daily. My mental health is struggling. What can I do?” “How do...

Episode 2: To Stop or to Keep Going? Self Control After Ramadan

About the Episode Did you know that there are different types of self control? In this episode, we discuss two...

Episode 1: Growing Patient in Ramadan

About the Episode Ramadan, patience, self control, compassion – how are these words related to one another? While we wrestle...

Holidays & Identity

About the Episode: Every year, right around Halloween and until after Christmas, the same conversation pops up in our Muslim...

The Prophet (SAS) said, “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days”
(Bukhari).

Guarantee your blessings!

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).