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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. She has received intramural and extramural grants to support her research. She has served as a subject-matter expert in numerous spaces, including on panels organized by the White House, Health and Human Services, and the Department of Education. Dr Tahseen has published in a variety of scientific journals as well as community-based platforms

Dr. Tahseen is committed to uplifting the community and supporting Muslim youth. She has been a community organizer for more than a decade serving the American Muslim community in varying capacities, and has previously served as Executive Board member of Stones To Bridges, a non-profit organization that provides an anonymous online platform for Muslim youth to address their emotional, social and behavioral needs. She is based in Baltimore, MD and has three beautiful children. She loves sports,and wishes she was an NBA player in her spare time.




5 Things Muslim Therapists Wish You Knew About Children and Domestic Abuse

“If they aren’t getting physically hurt, your kids will be fine. Children forget these things easily. It’s you and your...

The Power of a Positive Home Environment: What the Research Says

Do you ever wonder how you can be a better parent? What about having a more positive environment at home?...
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Pornography & Muslim Youth: Preliminary Research Findings

The latest findings on porn consumption in Muslim American communities.

Disbelief, Trauma, & Betrayal: 3 Tips To Healing

The Day they will appear before Allah, nothing about them will be hidden from Him. He will ask, “Who does...
Muslim Mental Health Myths

3 Muslim Mental Health Myths that Might be Holding You Back

When we’re struggling with a mental illness, we sometimes feel alone–often because of the stigma about mental illness in Muslim...

Think Strict Parenting is the Way to Go? Think Again— and Try This Instead

As parents, we want our children to grow up to be practicing Muslims with good character who please Allah (SWT)....

Does marital conflict mean divorce? Strategies to help determine if divorce is the next step.

More than 50% of Muslims report at least one significant marital issue (Chapman & Cattaneo, 2013). The reality is divorce...

Building Resilience in Marriage— 4 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Marriage During a Pandemic

Anaya is rushing to meet an urgent work deadline when Malik rushes in to tell her some news about his...
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The FYI's Elder Care Toolkit

This toolkit provides resources to help you meet the needs of elders, manage caregiving responsibilities, and avoid caregiver burnout. Home...

Porn Addiction Toolkit

This toolkit includes resources to support someone with recovery from porn addiction. Home Toolkits What’s on This Page What is...

Grief Support Toolkit

This toolkit provides resources about the grieving process, coping with different kinds of loss, and age-specific grief support for children...

Divorce Support Toolkit

This toolkit provides resources and practical tips on maneuvering through a divorce, regardless of what stage of the process you...

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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Infant Mental Health Toolkit

This toolkit addresses Infant Mental Health, an integral component of raising a healthy child, and provides readings and practical tips...

Digital Parenting Toolkit

The Family and Youth Institute has prepared this Digital Parenting Toolkit to give you practical tips on how to have...

Religious/Spiritual Abuse Toolkit

This toolkit includes resources to support those impacted by spiritual abuse. Home Toolkits What’s on This Page Resources on Spiritual...
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Workshops & Lectures


Professional Training

The Family and Youth Institute offers a wide variety of professional development opportunities.
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Mental Health Workshop

It’s time to break the stigma surrounding mental health and talk about what we can do better as individuals and...

Parenting Workshop

Description Parenting is difficult on its own but given the competing demands, multiple responsibilities, lack of support, and often increasingly...
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Episode 2: To Stop or to Keep Going? Self Control After Ramadan

About the Episode Did you know that there are different types of self control? In this episode, we discuss two...
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Episode 1: Growing Patient in Ramadan

About the Episode Ramadan, patience, self control, compassion – how are these words related to one another? While we wrestle...
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Holidays & Identity

About the Episode: Every year, right around Halloween and until after Christmas, the same conversation pops up in our Muslim...
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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).