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Zainab Ahmed

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 her lifelong pursuit of Islamic Education, starting at Darul Uloom of Chicago in 2014. Zainab’s passion led her and her family to later move to Dallas, Texas to facilitate further studies at Qalam Institute. Zainab graduated from Qalam Institute’s 5-year ‘Ālimiyyah program based out of Carrollton, Texas in 2023. During this journey, alongside her academic endeavors, Zainab has had the opportunity to work with various masājid and organizations. She is currently pursuing her professional career in Business Project Management and Islamic Psychology. Her aspiration is to merge her background in Mental Health and Islamic Studies to better serve the community with a focus on the well-being of American Muslim youth. When she’s not at work or school she’s enjoying time traveling with family and trying new adventures.

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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).