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Bill Would Make it Illegal to Be Muslim in Tennessee

Will it be illegal to be a Muslim in Tennessee soon?

American-Islamic group, others to ask TN lawmakers to drop anti-Shariah bill

(The Tennessean)

The Council on American-Islamic Relations will hold a media conference at noon Tuesday at the Tennessee Capitol, with support from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Interfaith Alliance and the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition.

Representatives will ask lawmakers to drop an anti-Shariah bill that would criminalize the support of that Islamic code.

The bills supporters are calling it an anti-terrorist measure that protects the constitution, but Muslims say Shariah a set of rules for living, like the Catholic canon or Jewish religious law, not anything that conflicts with the state for U.S. constitutions.

“This clearly unconstitutional and un-American legislation would make it illegal to be a Muslim in the state of Tennessee,” CAIR staff attorney Gadeir Abbas said in a media release this morning.

“Consideration of this legislation, which completely disregards equality before the law, would send the unfortunate message that Tennessee is an intolerant state.”

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  • Sir David ( Illuminati membership number 5:32)

    Russel
    First of all I have serious doubts that you are for real as this is the internet .
    Secondly you admit to never have been a muslim as you dont understand it .
    Thirdly because some people who may have been practicing muslims or may have not been have done you wrong you seem to blame all 2 million muslims for this . Is this adult behavior ?
    I can understand you being upset with your folks who never taught you about Islam and did nothing to protect your sisters , but thats a beef you should take up with them . Incidently the Quran I believe seems to suggest you should take that course of action too.

    Sir David

    Angers
    France

  • Russell

    All I will say that an offence should be created that includes mandatory 10 year jail terms for bullying or abuse within family if one leaves Islam. I was born in 1980, nationality is Australian as i was born here, but mum and dad migrated here in 1971 from the then Yugoslavia. If you like I used to be a Muslim by default as my parents were. I never ever understood it. 2 so called Muslims used both of my sisters for Visas to come to/stay in Australia, and I was bullied at work by a Muslim person who eventually had me demoted as he was a big influence of the boss as I didnt want to go to the mosque with him and pray at lunch. Finally, i gave the religion the flick in January 2009 and now believe in Christ and have never ever been happier and enjoyed life as much as I do now! I never realised how much i used to miss in life before and how being patient, humble, all the good things, come from belief in jesus Christ. My family has never accepted this, and i hope the Australian government considers tough laws for any Muslims out there who seek to stop people leaving the religion.

  • GodOfFire

    I have always been for freedom of religion seeing as how thats covered in our constitution. Heres where I draw the line; we have had our own system of laws since the inception of our country. You come to America, believe what you want, worship WHO you want…but guess what, you break an American law…you face American justice. Do Americans that for whatever reason move to Iraq face American law…or the laws in place by that country regardless of where they came from. Once youre a citizen of a country you follow THEIR laws, you dont bring your own in.

  • Teresa Wright

    I am a christian I do not agree with Islamic Law but I do agree everyone has the right to freedom of worship. They should not make it ilegal to be a Muslim that is just a hate crime. It should be stopped people should be allowed to be Muslim.

  • Kasia

    This is brilliant, but only if they would go farther and make it illegal to be religious and not in receipt of therapy. It’s nice to see that some people are taking terrorism and violence seriously and getting to the heart of the problem rather than just talking about a few bad apples who upset everyone.

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  • http://mohsenelguindy.com Dr. Mohsen El-Guindy

    Allah decreed for each soul a time on earth so that He might try them. Then, after the completion of their appointed terms, He would judge them and send them to their eternal destinations: either one of endless bliss, or one of everlasting grief. This life then is a journey that presents to its wayfarers many paths. Only one of these paths is clear and straight. This path is the sharia.

    Sharia literally means ‘the clear well-troden path to water’. Islamically, it is used to refer to the matters of religion that Allah has legislated for His servants. Just as water is vital to human life, so the clarity and uprightness of Sharia is the means of life for souls and minds.

    All aspects of a Muslim are governed by Sharia. Sharia law comes from a combination of sources including the Koran, the Hadith (sayings and conduct of the Prophet, and Fatwas (the ruling of Islamic scholars).

    Sharia in the mind of the west is often associated with the amputation of limbs, death by stoning, lashes and other medieval punishments. Muslims however, hold a different view. Sharia is seen as something that nurtures humanity, no wonder, it is divinely revealed.

    Sharia manuals are often divided into four parts: laws related to personal acts of worship, laws related to commercial dealings, laws relating to marriage and divorce, and penal laws.

    The Sharia is an integrated homogenous whole. Difficulties only arise when critics try to measure the ocean of divine knowledge, wisdom and justice with their own thimble of pedestrian criteria and standards. Nowadays, any western politician desiring instant fame has an easy option. All he needs to say is ‘Sharia’ in public!

    But will the principles of Sharia really plunge society back into darkness as some ignorants of Sharia claim? Are they inhuman and barbaric? Are they indicators of Islam inability to keep pace with the demands of human progress?

    Has man changed with the progress of time? It is evident that the essential human nature, its motives and drives, its emotions and desires have remained virtually unchanged throughout the ages. Technology has certainly advanced and some ways of looking at the world have altered, but Man’s lusts and fears, hopes and anxieties, love and hate, aspirations, yearnings and longings remain waht they have always been.

    The individual’s status in Islam is fundamentally different from the western concept. Muslim’s status and achievement are not measured by the standards of consunption. In the sight of Allah, real human progress is moral, not material. The most honorable in the sight of Allah is the most godfearing and not the richest, or the one with more wealth. Each person will stand before Allah alone to recive his accountability.

    The Koran says:

    Now you have come to Us, alone; just as We created you the first time (Al-Anam, 94).

    In the west, Muslims are shocked by the appaling rates of theft, drunkeness, drug addiction, sex outside marriage, abortions, rape of children and old ladies, homosexuality, especially when it is being put forward as quiet normal and acceptable alternative sexual lifestyle.

    Penalties in Islam are more of a functional nature, to regulate and deter. These penalties are called Hudud (boundaries) and not punishments; they are liabilities incurred as a result of crossing the boundary set by Allah. Because these boundaries had been laid down by Allah, and not by man, they are not subject to addition or curtailment by man, for no one can be more merciful or wiser or more just than Allah.

    The usual criticism of Sharia, that it is so cruel as regards execution, flogging and cutting off hands, totally ignore all the extenuating circumstances that would lead to these penalties if not being applied. If a person was sentenced to having a hand cut off, he should not be sent to prison and/or be fined as well. The cutting of the hand for theft is a very powerful deterrent. Muslims care less for the callous and continual thief than they do for the poor souls who are mugged and robbed and hurt by the thieves.

    In the west, adultery has become so commonplace because of sexual freedoms. In Sharia sex outside marriage is regarded as weakness that would led to all sorts of trouble. From the Islamic perspective, family is far more important. In Sharia however, stoning because of adultery is nearly impossible. To be sentenced to death for adultery, the couple had to be actually witnessed performing the physical act by four persons who were in a position to identify both.

    Sharia law for murder allows the death penalty, but is kinder than western law in one respect. After judicial judgement has been made, appeals are then allowed to the family of the murdered victims, and they are begged to be merciful.

    The form of execution in Islam is not usually a stoning. Beheading used to be regarded as the quickest and most merciful way as in Roman law, and the French guillotine; these days other methods may find approval.

    Sharia is then much easier for those who strive to love the correct life pleasing to Allah and in kindness and peace with the neighbor. Sharia, is however much harder for the one who is selfish, callous, cruel, exploitative, dishonest etc. There is virtually no sympathy for such people, unless they are mentally ill, in which case they are not regarded as culpable in Sharia. All those before the age of puberty, or not of sound mind, are not regarded as culpable.

    Many Muslim countries have a dual system in which the government is secular but Muslims can choose to bring familial and financial disputes to Sharia courts. The exact jurisdiction of these courts usually includes marriage, divorce, inheritance and guardianship.

    Finding an accommodation betwee Islamic law and western legal codes is difficult, but there are some ways forward. Western countries are now exploring the idea of allowing Muslims to apply sharia in familial and financial disputes. In late 2008, Britain officially allowed sharia tribunals governing marriage, divorce, and inheritance to make legally binding decisions if both parties agreed. The new system is in line with separate mediation allowed for Anglican and Jewish communities in England. Criminal law (hudud) remains under the gavel of the existing legal system.

    In July 2008, Britain’s top judge, Lord Nicholas Phillips said, “There is no reason why principles of Sharia Law, or any other religious code, should not be the basis for mediation.” Lord Phillips added, ” Sharia-based mediation could have some role as long as national law hold primacy.”

    At least 85 Islamic sharia courts are opening in Britain. The tribunals, working mainly from mosques, settle financial and family disputes according to religious principles. They lay down judgments which can be given full legal status if approved in national law courts. This kind of tribunals are now common in France, Germany, Australia and several European countries.

    Sharia also deals with financial matters of Muslims. Muslims must deal with their money according to Sharia. The concept of money in Islam lies within the fact that money belongs to Allah and man is His successor or viceroy in dealing with this money. Growing at an estimated 15% annually, Islamic banking and finance is a worldwide industry that modifies modern business practices to conform to the rules of Sharia. Central to this field is riba, the charging or payment of interest, banned under sharia. Clever twists on standard financial products like credit cards, saving accounts, mortages, loans and trust funds bypass the interest business model. Islamic banking industry now stands for more than $442 billion. Even the famous banks such as citygroup, HSBC, and Deutshe bank are developing Islamic banking sectors to cater to the demand. The industry is booming as some non-Muslims are turning to sharia-compliant services. Some of the ethically minded are also switching over to sharia-compliant investments. Businesses are required to avoid transactions related to forbidden things in sharia such as weapons, alcohol, tobacco, gambling, pornography and pork, and investors are guaranteed their money won’t end up financing those industries.

    Sharia-compliant financial products, which do not invest on riba (usury) or in Islamically banned economic sectors, had been also offered to British Muslims by British banks and investment houses since the early 1990s. By 1997, British financial institutions had similarly launched sharia-compliant housing finance.

    Although some ignorants of sharia principles are now opposing its adoption, it is now on its way to be applied on Muslims living in the United States.

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