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Feeling suicidal? Know someone who's struggling?

Suicide is a major cause of death and affects people of all backgrounds, including Muslims. Higher rates of suicide in our communities are often linked to social and spiritual challenges. To tackle this, we need to improve access to mental health services, reduce stigma, and promote emotional well-being. At the Family & Youth Institute, our goal is to help you understand the underlying causes and encourage open conversations. We aim to provide communities with the necessary resources to stay resilient. Continue reading to discover how you can make a positive impact on your loved ones and community.

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Taking steps

We designed our community action guide and toolkit to increase community awareness and education. We help identify ways to integrate prevention efforts into your community. Our resources equip you with the knowledge and tools to better prevent, intervene, and address suicide in your community to save lives. As Allah reminds us, “Whoever saves one life, it is written as if he has saved all humanity” [5:32].




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Suicide Prevention Community Action Guide

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The FYI’s Suicide Prevention Toolkit

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Mental Health Workshop

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Research & Resource Contributors

At The Family & Youth Institute, we take community education and engagement seriously. Research shows that nurturing relationships, positive experiences, and healthy environments influence positive mental health and well-being. The FYI strives to enhance these qualities by educating and engaging individuals to empower change in communities. We aim to support and uplift young people and their families by conducting original research and translating that research into creative and useful mediums for people like you.


Sameera Ahmed


Khalid Elzamzamy



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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).