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Wafaa Ateyah

Wafaa Ateyah

Our Team Back to Team Wafaa Ateyah is a Graduate Student Researcher and Project Manager for iBelong with The Family and Youth Institute. She is also currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Florida. She received her B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Women’s Studies with a minor in Health Disparities […]

Ayaz Hyder

Ayaz Hyder

Our Team Back to Team Ayaz Hyder is a Research Associate at The Family and Youth Institute. He holds a PhD in Biology from McGill University and completed his Postdoctoral training in Environmental Epidemiology at Yale University. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the College of Public Health and Affiliated Faculty in Translational […]

Hanan Hashem

Hanan Hashem

Dr. Hanan Hashem is a Researcher and Community Educator at The Family and Youth Institute. Dr. Hanan Hashem is also an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Psychology Department at William James College in Boston, Massachusetts, where she specializes in teaching topics concerning cultural considerations in the field of psychology; lifespan development; psychopathology; and psychological research methods.

Khalid Elzamzamy

Khalid Elzamzamy

Khalid Elzamzamy, MD, MA, is a Researcher at The Family and Youth Institute. Khalid is a child and adolescent psychiatry fellow at the Institute of Living/Hartford Healthcare in Connecticut.

Sondos Al Sad

Sondos Al Sad

Sondos Al Sad, MD, MPH, NCMP is a Researcher at The Family and Youth Institute. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University and a family medicine physician. Dr. Al Sad completed her medical school in Jordan, finished her Family Medicine Residency at the University of Kentucky, and holds a Master’s in Public health and Epidemiology.

Sawssan Ahmed

Sawssan Ahmed

Our Team Back to Team Sawssan R. Ahmed serves as a Research Associate and Community Educator at The Family and Youth Institute. She completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Wayne State University and Postdoctoral training in Developmental Issues and Health Disparities at the University of California, Los Angeles, and San Diego State University. She currently […]

Khadijah Abdallah

Khadijah Abdallah

Our Team Back to Team Khadijah is a researcher with The Family and Youth Institute. In this role, she is responsible for assisting with data analysis and research dissemination for the Black Muslim Youth project. She received both her BS and MPH in Epidemiology-Biostatistics from The George Washington University. Previously, Khadijah has worked as a […]

Amal Killawi

Amal Killawi

Our Team Back to Team Amal Killawi serves on the Board of Directors and is a Research Fellow and Community Educator at The Family and Youth Institute. She holds a Master’s in Social Work, a Certificate in Sexual Health, and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Michigan. She is currently pursuing her PhD in […]

Irshad Altheimer

Irshad Altheimer

Our Team Back to Team Irshad Altheimer serves on the Board of Directors and as a Research Associate at The Family and Youth Institute. He holds a PhD and Master’s in Sociology from the Washington State University, and Bachelor’s from Alabama State University. He is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and the Deputy Director […]

Madiha Tahseen

Madiha Tahseen

Dr. Madiha Tahseen is the Research Director and a Community Educator at The Family and Youth Institute. She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her research expertise is in positive youth development amongst Muslim-American youth, particularly focusing on the role of cultural and religious contexts in character development among minority populations.

Sameera Ahmed

Sameera Ahmed

Dr. Sameera Ahmed is the Executive Director and Founder of The Family and Youth Institute. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Dr. Ahmed is a leading expert on American Muslim youth and has produced numerous groundbreaking publications, including The State of American Muslim Youth, Uplifting Black Muslim Youth, Prevalence of Risk Behaviors of US Muslim College Students, and Alcohol Use Among US Muslim College Students.

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).