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Khadija Gurnah

Khadija Gurnah is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Immigration Hub. She leads the Hub’s engagement of federal advocacy partners, as well as the leadership program for rising leaders in the immigrant rights movement.

Khadija brings over 10 years of policy, field, and organizing experience, including working on immigration campaigns as a Senior Campaign Director at MomsRising, electoral work as Field Director for Color of Change PAC, and as a health equity consultant for the Head Start program, among other organizations. Khadija has a Bachelors of Arts from Dalhousie University and a Masters from Yale School of Public Health. She received the Emerging Majority Award in Health Disparities from her alma mater for her work in advancing policies that improve the health and wellbeing of immigrant children and families. Her entry into immigration advocacy came through the research she conducted and published on the challenges Black immigrant communities faced in accessing reproductive healthcare.

Khadija is a proud immigrant. She was born in Kenya, raised in Papua New Guinea, and is still adjusting to New England winters, where she has lived for the last 10 years.

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).