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Life’s adversities test our resolve and shape our stories. Immerse yourself in our tools and strategies for building resilience and promoting well-being, equipping every individual to thrive and bounce back with vigor. Learn strategies and insights to harness your inner strength and flourish in every circumstance.


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Our Struggles as American Muslims

Our Struggles as American Muslims Introduction American Muslims are struggling. 15-25% report anxiety disorders, 9-30% report mood disorders, and over...

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In the Footsteps of Hajar: 3 Ways to Respond to Life with Resilience

What can someone stuck in the desert with a newborn and nothing else teach us about resilience? As the story...
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20 Practical Strategies to Build Resilience in Children

All children are capable of extraordinary things. There is no happiness gene, no success gene, and no ‘doer of extraordinary...

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It’s time to let it go—22 Ways to Practice Emotional Self-Care And Letting Go

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Uplifting Black Muslim Youth Toolkit

Our American Muslim communities are varied and the issues and needs we have are unique. This toolkit provides resources for...

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Tragic Events Toolkit

The toolkit provides guidance on how to process a tragic event with your family. Home Toolkits What’s on This Page...

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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Amal Killawi

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Sameera Ahmed

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Dua Haggag

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Dr. Madiha Tahseen

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).