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Ramadan For Youth

Staying focused, studying for exams, and being productive can be challenging during Ramadan. Here are some ways to stay on top of things and meet the different needs you may have during Ramadan:

Set Goals For Yourself

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Reconnect With Your Friends In Purposeful Ways

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  • Join or create virtual hangouts to do Ibaadah together.
  • Sign up or create a Ramadan challenge.
  • Share your Ramadan goals and hold each other accountable.
  • Arrange iftar gatherings (virtual or in person).
  • If you can, hangout after taraweeh prayers.
  • Find new ways to volunteer in your local community together. Help distribute food to those who need it or organize a masjid clean-up/decoration night.

Study Smart

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Stay Physically Active

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  • Try getting some fresh air by taking a short walk outside (this is a great time to listen to some Quran, too!).
  • Getting a dose of natural sunlight can help set your circadian rhythms and will help you sleep better at night.
  • Physical movement/light exercise releases endorphins that make you feel better, and can boost your immunity.

For Schools

It’s important for schools to provide an environment for Muslim students where they feel supported in practicing their religion. Teachers can also do their part in creating a welcoming space for Muslim students during this month. To learn from the story of one school whose staff worked together to accommodate students in Ramadan, check out In consideration of Ramadan. Refer to this list of children’s books about Ramadan and Eid, which can also be integrated into the classroom.

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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).