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Re: “"I'd Like To Buy a Euphemism, Pat"

You left out " future Democrats". Drivers licenses are all about ID's ID gets you first world welfare benefits and the opportunity to vote for more of them paid for by real tax paying citizens. That seems to be the essence of the " dream" .

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Posted by Bill Sinnott on 07/20/2015 at 4:52 AM

Re: “Guest Opinion

Sumayyah might I kindly add that simply by posting your name on the Facebook public page you left yourself open to comments so you have to be ready to deal with it and I dont think that it was meant to slander or backbite you however it was simply as a comment upon your behavior seen from the perspective of devout muslims who do fear Allah yet know that Islam does teach us that we should always follow "mutual consultation" and yes I am sorry but we must always have a shura and even when only three travel one must be appointed as Imam or leader,, and in your case we view it as you overstepping that process.. And Allah knows best.

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Posted by Hanin on 07/19/2015 at 8:11 PM

Re: “Guest Opinion

Dear OLD PUEBLO, I would like to point out a few things for general education purposes as I disagree with your statement.
First of all, people need to realize that many ME countries have several sects some of which are considered deviant,, for example the Alawi in Syria are not really considered Muslim because many of their beliefs follow what is called shirk or worshiping some one in addition to or instead of God Almighty, whom most Christians call God the Father.

Secondly, again very important to realize, just as not all Americans are good practicing Christians or even believing in Christ, also many many born Muslims do not KNOW, UNDERSTAND OR PRACTICE what Islam TEACHES... and often they color their Islamic interpretation with tribal rules and culture-- not what Islam teaches..

Thirdly, you are very Naive if you think the majority of Muslims are immigrants from the ME and btw Indonesia and Malasia make up the majority of the Muslim population worldwide. They are in Asia not the ME. Many of whom make up the US Muslim population are actually AMERICANS who converted to Islam such as myself and I have roots in Germany. Unless you consider yourself a native American, you too are descendant from Immigrants.....

Finally, and if you had educated yourself just a little bit you would know that Islam espouses the constituents of a country to follow the law of the land unless it specifically counters or denies something forbidden in the QUR'AN, which is the correct spelling btw.

In reference I give you this: The Muslims living a non-Muslim country, even if they originally entered that country by means of forged documents, are considered to be living in their adopted country under a covenant. They must, therefore, comply with the laws of their country of residence without, at the same time, disobeying Islamic Law.

Allah says: “Oh you who believe! Fulfill (your) obligations.” [Sûrah al-Mâ’idah: 1]

He also says: “And fulfill (every) covenant. Verily! The covenant will be questioned about.” [Sûrah al-Isrâ': 34]

He says: “And fulfill the Covenant to Allah when you have covenanted, and break not the oaths after you have confirmed them.” [Sûrah al-Nahl: 91]

A Muslim is not to break or violate oaths or promises. He will not be a true faithful Muslim if he does so. Allah Said: “It is not the case that every time they make a covenant, some party among them throws it aside. Nay! The truth is most of them believe not.” [Sûrah al-Baqarah: 100]

Among the characteristics of a hypocrite is that he: “…acts treacherously toward covenants (pledges), and when entrusted he betrays.”

Scholars have stated that those who enter non-Muslim countries have to adhere to their respective laws and regulations even if they entered those countries illegally, and they have no excuse for breaking those laws, since they were entrusted to abide by those laws upon entry into those countries.

The eminent Hanafî jurist, Mohammad b. Hasan Al-Shaybânî writes [Biographies (2/6)]:
If it happens that a company of Muslims pass through the enemy’s front lines by deceptively pretended to be messengers of the Muslim’s Caliph carrying official documents – or if they were just allowed to pass through the enemy lines – they are not allowed to engage in any hostilities with the enemy troops. Neither are they entitled to seize any of their money or properties as long as they are in their area of authority. This also applies in case of being truly trusted by the other party.
Accordingly, we conclude the following:

Muslims living in non-Muslim countries have to comply with laws and regulations of the country they have been entrusted though valid visas to enter. At the same time, they have to avoid whatever contradicts Islamic teachings. In case they are obliged by law to uphold something contrary to Islamic teachings, they have to adhere to the minimum that the law requires of them.

One of the best approaches for a Muslim living in these countries is patience. As long as he agrees to live in a non-Muslim country, he is never to rebel against the inhabitants of his choice of residence, even it seems to hard for him to endure.

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Posted by Kirsten on 07/19/2015 at 6:26 PM

Re: “Ask a Mexican!

....and the lawns cut by them, and the children raised by them, and the homes cleaned by them, and the produce picked by them, and the companies and individuals who profit from them, and the contributions their US-born children have made as citizens, and so on...

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Posted by duh on 07/19/2015 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Guest Opinion

Sister while you may have some points its necessary to understand the deen from a deeper perspective and understand the roles we occupy.. I do not agree with your actions as well and we need to always look back to how the Prophet sas used to deal with such issues for they did occur during his time as well. Even if you intended to be peaceful, just the fact that you showed up is provocative. There are other ways of standing up for your religion than foolishness which is how I see such things. If however, you had supported and coordinated with the ICT to have an open house inviting people to ICT to gain information and answer questions, I am sure you would have had better reactions from people, and while i am in no position to say what Allah would or would not accept or how he would judge, I might suppose a proactive instead of reactive position would receive greater ajr.

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Posted by Hanin on 07/19/2015 at 6:01 PM

Re: “"I'd Like To Buy a Euphemism, Pat"

Let's try to think where else euphemisms are used.
We have:
illegal alien
unlawful migrant
undocumented immigrant
unauthorized migrant
undocumented worker

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Posted by Do Tar on 07/19/2015 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Guest Opinion

Assalamu alaikum.

I'm Sumayyah Dawud, the organizer of the Stand Up Against Hate counter-protest. I am appalled that almost the entirety of this article is dedicated to backbiting and slandering me. This is especially appalling when it comes from a Muslim who should know better.

I created the event page in the early stages once I heard the bigots were planning on protesting the ICT mosque with a similar plan of action as was done to protest the mosque in Phoenix. In the early stages of organizing, I reached out and sent a message to ICT's Facebook account as well as a message to Maryam Mir, the one who wrote this article. Neither was ever responded to and in the case of ICT, Facebook stamped the message as indicating it had been read. Further, on the event page I stated multiple times that we were more than willing to work with ICT to support them as that was the whole intent from the beginning and to make sure that our counter-protest would not create a hardship. Despite all of this, no one from ICT reached out to me even though my contact information was readily available.

Only in the week before the event, did ICT reach out and we came to a conclusion that if the bigots were to cancel their protest, we would either cancel ours or move it to an alternate location which we did.

Maryam makes assumptions and accusations about my intent of the rally as well as my background yet never actually took the time to talk to me before writing this article of backbiting and slander. I used to live in Tucson and I have been to ICT on multiple occasions. Further, scholars and leaders do not necessarily have to be obeyed in Islam when they are not ruling by the Qur'an and the Sunnah. Defense of the Muslim community is an obligatory duty of Muslims. Shura or not, the fact is that bigots were planning on protesting a mosque with firearms and some of them posted threats of violence (and activists on our page reported these threats to law enforcement).

If Maryam's slander wasn't bad enough, she took it further and compared me--a Muslim who was standing up in defense of the Muslim community and potentially risking my own life in doing so--to the islamophobic bigots themselves. Her statements actually indicated that in many ways she considered me worse than the bigots. If you think a Muslim who stands up in defense of the Muslim community is worse than islamophobes wanting to eradicate Islam from the face of the earth, then you are a disbeliever. End of story. Think wisely about what you post because Allah (swt) is watching.

Maryam chose to attack my character and what I was trying to do to support my Muslim community. Maybe you don't consider Tucson "my community" but I am a member of the Muslim ummah and we are all ONE community regardless of where we live or come from. Backbiting and slander are sins in Islam and those who engage in them can expect to be held accountable on Youm al-Qiyamah (Judgment Day).

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Posted by Sumayyah Dawud on 07/19/2015 at 3:24 PM

Re: “Feds: Undocumented Youth Who Got a 3-Year DACA Work Permit Have to Return It Immediately, Get a 2-Year Instead

Thanks, Paul. At least someone knows what ILLEGAL means.
Why bother, Maria? If you were here illegally it would take a year and a day to deport you anyway. Only to have you sneak back in a few days later.

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Posted by CW13 on 07/19/2015 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Danehy

Didn't Stone get 15 years for that ?

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Posted by CW13 on 07/19/2015 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Win Gift Cards to (So Many) Tucson Businesses With Our Summer Passport

Are the packages worth more than $250? I imagine that's what it would cost in gas to visit these 24 businesses.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Passport on 07/18/2015 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Rocking Down the Street

It won't be on each car. Geeze,crabby pants

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Posted by Lunamosity on 07/18/2015 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Rocking Down the Street

Bleah. What if it's music you don't particularly like listening to? Then you're stuck with it just because you decided to go somewhere on public transportation.

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Posted by Al Tam on 07/18/2015 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

I am in Oregon with a son who was at Kingman prior to the riots. First time ever in prison and really aggressive sentencing by a Yavapai County DA despite judges statements that mental health long term help was needed, not incarceration. Corruption exists in arizona Courts as well. Three months into his incarceration, where he had settled into ASPC Florence and secured a job, he was rolled out of bed at 2am and taken to Kingman. His six weeks before the riots were awful and I could tell from his demeanor when I flew down to visit that he was guarded and feeling hopeless. He didnt feel safe before the riots and thought he would die in the riots (which he had no part in). Comparing the two facilities, I would describe Kingman as a hellhole and not a place where many are rehabilitated.

I agree with everything Maria had stated in her article. Thank you for fighting for true reform. I may be in Oregon, (where private prisons are illegal) but my heart is in arizona where my son is. I care about all the sons housed in poorly managed and dangerous facilities. Arizona reputation fro being one of the mist violent prison systems says volumes. Is anyone really listening? Does anyone really care?

10 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by MOM (S) on 07/18/2015 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Arizona Back in 9th Circuit Court Today Defending No Driver's Licenses for DREAMers

The Republicans who passed laws barring our military from carrying arms while on duty. Yet pass bills making it possible for all other civilians The Republicans who are silent on the mass murders in this nation. This is the type of people our IGNORANT voters want.

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Posted by OMGitsme on 07/18/2015 at 8:34 AM

Re: “Arizona Back in 9th Circuit Court Today Defending No Driver's Licenses for DREAMers

The Republicans who changed the licenses so they don't meet Federal laws. The radical, angry GOP in AZ. The party who breeds radicals in AZ and then exports them to other states.

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Posted by OMGitsme on 07/18/2015 at 8:32 AM

Re: “"I'd Like To Buy a Euphemism, Pat"

See the video here at 1:00:40.…
It seems the 9th Circuit judges have seen enough of Arizona's hating on Mexicans to know it when they see it.

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Posted by Jana Happel on 07/18/2015 at 7:16 AM

Re: “Feds: Undocumented Youth Who Got a 3-Year DACA Work Permit Have to Return It Immediately, Get a 2-Year Instead

Actually fox news is better then this any day. It supports Americans not criminals.

5 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by PaulAZ on 07/17/2015 at 9:14 PM

Re: “Dignity

There are all kinds of arguments why the homeless and poor deserve their fate, but I doubt a single one will save anyone who argues them from their meeting with Jesus, he will simply say I know you not and his father God will not even look upon you and how ironic that is and poetic to be ignored and sent to a eternity of the gnashing of the teeth, claw and misery knowing its not ever going to end!

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Posted by Ralph Hill 1 on 07/17/2015 at 7:26 PM

Re: “Woman Calls Out Cheating Husband Via Billboard

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