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Update: Since the Senate Bill was signed into law, some people may think that there is not much else that can be done.  Living here in Arizona, I know quite few civil rights organizations are mobilizing.  But here are few more things that each and everyone of us can do:

1.       Urge the federal government to work on a comprehensive immigration bill.  Contact the White House and your state senators

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2.       Make sure the AZ governor knows that you are unhappy with her enacting of the new immigration law.  The governor’s contact info is found at http://azgovernor.gov/Contact.asp. As always, be courteous and polite.

3.       Make alliances with immigration and civil rights groups of various faiths and races.  We should show that the virus of racial profiling can strike the minorities of any religion or race. 

Senate Bill 1070 was passed by the Arizona state legislature and awaits the signature of Governor Brewer.  If passed, the bill would legalize racial profiling and sow distrust between immigrant communities and law enforcement.  If Arizona’s governor does not veto the bill within two days, it will become a law in the state of Arizona.  This will also set a dangerous precedence for other states in this country.

Here are some immediate actions that you can take even if you don’t live in the state of Arizona.  Please be POLITE and RESPECTFUL:

1. Visit the Presente website and add your name to the petition

2. Call Governor Brewer TODAY and ask her to veto the bill. Call: (602) 542-4331 or (800) 253-0883; On the net: http://azgovernor.gov/contact.asp

3. Forward this request to your friends and family.

For more information about this bill and how it affects Muslims and other minorities, please check this link

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Born and raised in Lebanon, Hlayhel began attending study circles at his local mosque when he was ten. He came to the United States at 17 and studied electrical engineering at the University of Houston. At its MSA, he met Sh Yasir Qadhi and worked together to raise Islamic awareness on campus. Hlayhel studied traditional sciences of Aqeedah (Islamic creed), Fiqh (Islamic law) and Nahw (Arabic grammar) under Sh Waleed Basyouni and Sh Waleed Idriss Meneese among others. After settling in Phoenix AZ, he worked tirelessly, in the capacity of a board member then a chairman, to revive the then dead AZ chapter of CAIR in order to face the growing Islamophobia in that state and to address the resulting civil right violations. Today, he's considered the second founder of a strong CAIR-AZ. In addition, Hlayhel is a part-time imam at the Islamic Center of the Northeast Valley in Phoenix, husband and father of four. His current topics of interest include positive Islam, youth coaching, and countering Islamophobia.

15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. abu Abdullah

    April 23, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    Nobody accepts the phone call. 800 no can’t be reached but alhamdulillah, typed a text to stop the bill.
    Now we urge others to follow the suit and keep Tawakkal in Allaah alone. Please make Dua to stop this bill.
    Salamualaikum

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  3. abu abdAllah Tariq Ahmed

    April 23, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    The bill has already been signed into law. If you have to go to Arizona for any reason, be prepared to prove your citizenship not just immigration status — while the bill only makes it a crime for noncitizen immigrants to travel without papers, the only proof a US citizen would have is a passport, naturalization certificate, etc.

    Speak with an accent? Just look brown? Be prepared to be asked to prove citizenship or permanent residency.

  4. Omar

    April 23, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    I just renewed my passport!
    Should have ordered the passport card too…
    if only I knew

  5. another white brother

    April 23, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    “If passed, the bill would legalize racial profiling and sow distrust between immigrant communities and law enforcement.”

    LOLOL like this doesn’t happen already. Get serious folks. For some background: I got pulled over for a ticket a few years back while wearing a thobe. The state, to this day, lists me as arab/south asian ethnically (happen to be whiter than white) and I get stopped 2,3 times a month for any little thing. The best instance was when the police thought my “license plate was crooked and, thus, looked suspicious”.

    To the immigrant brothers and sisters: you WILL be approached by intelligence agencies about your visa status and you WILL be asked to spy. I could name masaajid, imams, and brothers in my area who do this and it is common knowledge amongst the muslims but I’ll spare them.

    I will say this though, stop snitchin: read sura al-Hujarat in full to hear Allah’s stance on this.

    May Allah protect the muslims.

    • Fard

      May 1, 2010 at 12:04 PM

      it would not.

  6. Faisal

    April 24, 2010 at 1:32 AM

    This is the problem with man-made laws. People in authority can change them according to their own interest whenever they want…

  7. DawahIT

    April 24, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Assalamu alaikum,

    Its funny how the culture of fear that came out of 9/11 has now spread to other parts of society. It starts with one group and then goes to the next.

  8. Abd- Allah

    April 24, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    It was narrated that Abu Bakrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: When the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) heard that the people of Persia had appointed the daughter of Chosroes as their ruler, he said: “No people will ever prosper who appoint a woman in charge of their affairs.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari (4425).

  9. Anas Hlayhel

    April 25, 2010 at 12:10 AM

    A good piece from Keith Olbermann:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhmG1_oD-nE

  10. Infidels hate you too...

    April 25, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    THE LAW is the LAW…so all you illegal Islamic fools can whine all you want…

    ARIZONA ROCKS!!! PROFILE until they are all deported I say!!

    • Amad

      April 25, 2010 at 12:54 PM

      Hello self-proclaimed infidel. It is people like you whose support of the bill is a good indicator of its prejudicial nature. In fact, most Muslims are probably legal, as we can’t just come over the border…

    • Sayf

      April 26, 2010 at 12:25 AM

      LOL

  11. Lexo

    June 11, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    If you want to read about immigration law without a spin on it go to http://immigration.civiltalks.com. Their articles are truly intelligent and articulate. You can voice your opinion and see how others react.

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