Chatter: Transition Speed


Men wait to hear the results of the Islamic Center of Tucson’s 2012 board elections. (Amer Taleb)

The ICT’s 2012 elections ended a week ago, but there still hasn’t been a public announcement by the new board, telling the community when they officially start.

What’s the status of the transition process? And by when should the board make some kind of announcement?

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Chatter: The Murder of Shaima Alawadi


Shaima  Alawadi’s murder is not as simple it appeared to be. Alawadi, a Muslim woman who was beaten to death in her home last month, possibly with a tire iron, may not have been the victim of a hate crime after all.

Court records show that Alawadi wanted to divorce her husband and leave the state, while her teenage daughter, Fatima, who discovered her mother’s body, was frustrated about being forced to marry her cousin, The Atlantic reported. Fatima reportedly received a text message shortly after her mother was killed that said, “The detective will find out tell them (can’t) talk.”

And yet another event makes finding the truth a lot more complicated. The Atlantic also reported that Fatima was picked up by police last November after they received a report of two people having sex in a car, and found her in the vehicle with a 21-year-old man. Her mother picked her up, but while driving home, Fatima threw herself out of the moving car, breaking her arm. Reportedly, she told hospital staff she was angry about the arranged marriage.

How have the new details from the police reports changed your view of the murder? Or of Alawadi’s family, particularly her daughter?

Chatter: Social Media and the ICT Elections


It ended with an election, but if you’ve been keeping up with the politics of the Islamic Center of Tucson over the last few months, you know the race to remove the center’s former board has been wild and dramatic.

In the spirit of the Arab Spring and revolutions around the world, what role did social media play in the outcome of the ICT’s 2012 elections?

A man video records the Islamic Center of Tucson’s Election Committee tallying up the election results. (Amer Taleb)

Chatter: Maqsood Ahmad’s Comments


“The Tucson Minaret is a great forum to humiliate somebody. I would just say astagfirluah (may God forgive us), astagfirluah, astagfirluah.” – Maqsood Ahmad (pictured), nominee for the Islamic Center of Tucson’s board commenting at the ICT’s candidate introduction event that ended earlier tonight.

What do you think of Ahmad’s comments? And what’s your opinion of the Tucson Minaret?