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Toolkits

The Family and Youth Institute has gathered resources for the following areas and produced them in the form of a toolkit. We hope that you will find these resources useful during times of need. Each of the toolkits includes links to a host of resources based on the topic area.

Contemplating Divorce

Home Toolkits Divorce Support Toolkit What’s on This Page Assess Your Marriage Leaning Towards Divorce Reconciling Your Relationship Abuse in...

The Marriage Prep Toolkit

Research shows that marriage education increases marital satisfaction and spousal commitment, and reduces conflict and odds of divorce......

Ramadan Toolkit

The Family and Youth Institute has prepared this toolkit with practical tips to nourish your spirituality and well-being this Ramadan....

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...

The FYI’s Suicide Prevention Toolkit

This toolkit is a curation of culturally attuned resources addressing suicide risks, intervention, assessment, and prevention. Home Toolkits What’s on...

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...

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).