The following is a list of famous Muslim people from around the world, who were stopped in the decade following 9/11 due to increased security profiling of Muslims. They are just famous examples of millions of people around the world stopped because of the colour of their skin or perceived religious affiliation.
What do a former President, Minister, 3 actors, 2 singers, a comedian, a boxer and an educator have in common? All are famous Muslims who stopped at airports after 9/11.
What do 4 Khans, 3 Yusufs, an Ahmed, Abdul and Malik have in common? All are the names of famous Muslims stopped at airports for security checks after 9/11.
What do 4 Indians, 3 Americans and 3 British citizens have in common? All are the nationalities of famous Muslims stopped at airports after 9/11.
By Ethnic Origin
What do 6 Indo-Pakistanis, a Greek Cypriot, Azeri, Egyptian and American have in common? All are the ethnic origins of famous Muslims stopped at airports after 9/11.
What do some of the world’s most famous Muslims have in common with most of the world’s population? Despite fame and Google.com, they’ve been stopped at airports after 9/11.
1. Aamir Khan, Actor, India
May 2002 – Detained and strip-searched at Chicago Airport, USA
2. Yusuf Islam, Singer and Educator, UK
3. Hamza Yusuf, Director, Zaytuna Institute, USA
4. Shahid Malik, former Cabinet Minister, UK
November 2006 and October 2007 – Detained at New York Airport, USA and again at Washington Airport, USA
5. Sami Yusuf, Singer, UK
August 2006 – Stopped at Houston Airport, USA
6. Irrfan Khan, Actor, India
February 2008 – Detained for questioning at Los Angeles Airport, USA
7. Abdul Kalam, former President, India
8. Shahrukh Khan, Actor, India
9. Ahmed Ahmed, Comedian, USA
September 2010 – Detained at Gatwick Airport, UK
10. Amir Khan, Boxer, UK
May 2011 – Detained at Los Angeles Airport, USA and on previous visits