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Rida Yunus

Rida Yunus

Our Team Back to Team Rida Yunus is a junior at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Communication, and plans to pursue a career as a Clinical Psychologist Insha Allah. She will be joining the FYI team as a research intern and is excited to contribute to the […]

Hana Mahyoub

Hana Mahyoub

Our Team Back to Team Hana Mahyoub is the FYI’s Resource Management Intern, and is very excited to hone her passions in counseling psychology, Islamic studies, and Islamic history as a part of the Family and Youth Institute team inshallah! She is a sophomore Psychology and International Affairs major based in Virginia. As a student […]

Haifa Mohamed

Haifa Mohamed

Our Team Back to Team I am a senior at Indiana University studying Digital & Interactive Media and Arabic. I love being involved in my local masjid, where I teach at the Sunday School and am involved in other youth programming. I also enjoy being involved in my campus’ MSA. In my free time, I […]

Sarah Faysal

Sarah Faysal

Our Team Back to Team Salam! My name is Sarah Faysal and I am from Holmdel, New Jersey. I have completed my bachelor’s degree in Political Science and am currently pursuing a master’s degree in Elementary Education and Middle School History/English at Rutgers University. As an educator, I’ve always had a strong interest in providing […]

Zainab Ahmed

Zainab Ahmed

Our Team Back to Team Zainab Ahmed was born and raised in Chicago, IL. From a young age, Zainab had a vision to serve the community. She particularly harbored a passion to help our youth develop a strong foundation for their relationship with Allah ﷻ and our Messenger ﷺ. To follow this vision, Zainab began […]

Zoya Ahmed

Zoya Ahmed

Our Team Back to Team Zoya Ahmed is a Copywriting Intern at the FYI. She is currently a junior studying Psychology and Data Analytics. Zoya’s interest in the FYI stems from her passion for working together to strengthen our communities. In her free time, you can find her with a paintbrush or pen in hand, […]

Tahsina Riju

Tahsina Riju

Our Team Back to Team Salam, My name is Tahsina and I’m a senior at Smith College. I’m majoring in Psychology with a minor in Economics. I have always been interested in learning about Islamic Psychology and why there are so many stereotypes in the Muslim community regarding mental health. After graduation I’d like to […]

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).