A former US marine has been lauded for challenging Donald Trump's provocative comments about introducing ID cards for Muslims living in America.
The controversial Republican nominee suggested he was not opposed to the idea of opening a database to register Muslims living in the US during an interview with Yahoo Politics in the wake of the Paris attacks.
Trump reportedly refused to rule out requiring Muslims to carry special ID, provoking outrage.
Former US marine Tayyib Rashid, who describes himself as a “proud Muslim marine” on his Twitter page, responded by sharing a picture of his military ID and asking Trump: “I already carry a special ID badge. Where’s yours?”
Rashid said he was a serving marine from 1997 to 2002. His tweet has been shared over 5,600 times.
@MuslimMarine Hugs to you, sir (from the granddaughter of a Jewish Russian refugee).— Snarkaroni™ (@Snarkaroni) November 19, 2015
Rashid spoke about his position as a Muslim and a former Marine after the Chattanooga shooting in July and said Muslims in America stood with victims and their families.
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
1/14 On Isis:
"Some of the candidates, they went in and didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work and sweated like dogs, and they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?"
2/14 On immigration:
"I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
3/14 On Free Trade:
"Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people."
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4/14 On Mexicans:
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
5/14 On China:
"I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?... I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower."
6/14 On work:
"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
7/14 On success:
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
8/14 On life:
"Everything in life is luck."
9/14 On ambition:
"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"
10/14 On his opponents:
"Bush is totally in favour of Common Core. I don't see how he can possibly get the nomination. He's weak on immigration. He's in favour of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can't do it."
11/14 On Obamacare:
"You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high. It's virtually useless. And remember the $5 billion web site?... I have so many web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a web site. It costs me $3."
12/14 On Barack Obama:
"Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him. I have the best courses in the world. I have one right next to the White House."
13/14 On himself:
"Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money."
14/14 On America:
"The American Dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again."
He stressed that terrorists committing brutal acts are representing their own barbarity and are nothing to do with Islam, telling Al Jazeera: “We’ve heard it over and over again. The word Islam means peace. As Muslims we have been commanded to live in peace and respect our neighbours. Islam teaches that the killing of one innocent person is the killing of all mankind.”
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