My name is Khan – Oh, is it?

Shah Rukh Khan detained on US airport

Not being recognized is a problem Shah Rukh Khan does not encounter very often. On Saturday, however, the 43-year-old Bollywood star, who was on his way to an Independence Day function in Chicago, was detained for close to two hours by immigration authorities at Newark Airport in New Jersey, USA.

Khan said he found the incident “a little embarrassing.”

Khan was waiting for his bags when security officials asked him to accompany them. “I thought it was nice of them to take me to another room,” he said. “But apparently that was a second check. I had my papers in order…I was taken aback.”

Khan said he chose not to say too much to the officials “because I am little worried about Americans as they do have this issue when your name is Islamic.”

“I will take the first flight back to India once my work here is finished,” he added.

The actor was interrogated, his bags checked and he was asked to give names and phone numbers of people he knew in the US. He was not allowed any calls till the interrogation ended. Khan then called the Indian consulate, who secured his release.

Shah Rukh Khan has just finished shooting in the US for his next film, which is about a Muslim man who is subjected to racial profiling in the US. The film is called My name is Khan. The star’s detention has upset his fans, Bollywood and the Indian government. Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni suggested an equal and opposite reaction towards Americans visiting India. “I am of the opinion that the way we are frisked, for example I too was frisked, we should do the same to them,” PTI quoted Soni as saying.

India has formally taken up the matter with the US, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vishnu Prakash said in Delhi. US Ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer issued a statement saying, “We are trying to ascertain the facts of the case, to understand what took place. Shah Rukh Khan, the actor and global icon, is a very welcome guest in the US. Many Americans love his films.”

Source: www.hindustantimes.com

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60 thoughts on “My name is Khan – Oh, is it?”

  1. @ Mohamed: there is a very simple way to determine what is compulsory and what is not compulsory: does the Holy Koran prescribe any punishment for not keeping a beard or not observing purdah? I know it doesn’t. As far as Ahadith are concerned, it is very clear that the most heinous sin is associating partners with Allah. I know the Hadith about keeping beards and trimming mustaches, but again, no punishment was prescribed for not doing so. It was also prescribed in answer to the question by some visitors who said that the Sabines and others were clean-shaven and had huge mustaches. But let me tell you that these things are not very important in Islam. Muslims have unfortunately been distracted from the real issues which they face, like poverty, illiteracy, etc. by self-serving mullahs who’ve grown rich on donations to their mosques and madressahs. The Taliban, too, are now earning billions through drug smuggling.

  2. @Shakir: Interesting to hear a few good words about the Taliban, even though, effectively, it only set the stage for more accusations. Undoubtedly, the Taliban are not perfect. Much of the Taliban were orphans from the ravages of Soviet war, who grew up in madrasas/ seminaries of Pakistan studying religion. They did not have a mother, a father, and sister to experience the comfort and emotional development of being in a regular family. They are not university graduates on Islamic Fiqh (jurisprudence) and higher learning either. All they experienced in practical life was studying and war. They had the roughness you can expect from the youth of such background.

    Before the Taliban, women were considered as chattels, deeply entrenched repressive tribal customs and rituals were the order of the day. Certainly like our beloved prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be on him) prophesised.

    “Islam will become a strange thing, like it once used to be (considered strange), so give glad tidings to the ones who are strange” when his companions asked him “who will be these strange ones” the prophet replied “they are the ones who will revive my traditions”

    The Taliban did not win friends by fighting age-old corrupt traditions, oppressive customs, feudal systems and tyrannical warlords. Much false has been said about the Taliban by the media as well as the ones who were accustomed to the old despicable customs.

    Given their circumstances, the Taliban have done very well!

    “women were prevented from leaving their houses (except in emergencies and that also if accompanied by a close male relative)”

    It is grossly false to say that the women were able to go out with men only in case of emergencies. In fact the situation NOW has gone so bad that the women are praying for good old Taliban times:
    We would rather have the Taliban’s time

    “No one convicted of a crime had the right to appeal”

    The Taliban’s justice is what people choose, as reported by David Kilcullen – the senior adviser to U.S. commander General Stanley McChrystal, referred in my previous post. Note this is not widely reported in the media.

    “If a man trimmed his beard, he risked being killed. I would never like to live in a state ruled by the Taliban!”

    This is blatantly untrue, you have surpassed even the most grossly errant among the media in stating this. I challenge you to produce even one credible account that proves that anyone was executed/ killed for not having a beard.

    All 4 madhabs (Shafi’i, Hanafi, Maliki and Hanbali) have ruled the beard is wajib (obligatory/ compulsory). There is clear injunction from the prophet for Muslims to grow beard and trim moustaches and the glorious Qur’an says:

    “Obey Allah and His Messenger”: But if they turn back, Allah loveth not those who reject Faith. – Translation of the Glorious Quran 3:32

    The beard is uniform dress code of Muslim men. Your plea is like that of a child, who insists he does not like his school uniform. In Taliban’s environment, the beard becomes a basic social requirement, everybody wants to keep it. You too would want to, if you were in that environment. As a Muslim, I am sure you would want to wear the Islamic uniform, non-Muslims don’t have to! If you have any evidence from the authentic Islamic sources (Qur’an and sunnah) that the beard is not obligatory, then you would have some basis for your stand, otherwise the Taliban score over you on this issue too.

    Highly recommend the following:
    Islam: The Misunderstood Religion Abdur Raheem Green
    Afghanistan: 7 years on – Yvonne Ridley (ex-captive of the Taliban)

  3. @Shakir: Interesting to hear a few good words about the Taliban, even though, effectively, it only set the stage for more accusations. Undoubtedly, the Taliban are not perfect. Much of the Taliban were orphans from the ravages of Soviet war, who grew up in madrasas/ seminaries of Pakistan studying religion. They did not have a mother, a father, and sister to experience the comfort and emotional development of being in a regular family. They are not university graduates on Islamic Fiqh (jurisprudence) and higher learning either. All they experienced in practical life was studying and war. They had the roughness you can expect from the youth of such background.

    Before the Taliban, women were considered as chattels, deeply entrenched repressive tribal customs and rituals were the order of the day. Certainly like our beloved prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be on him) prophesised.

    “Islam will become a strange thing, like it once used to be (considered strange), so give glad tidings to the ones who are strange” when his companions asked him “who will be these strange ones” the prophet replied “they are the ones who will revive my traditions”

    The Taliban did not win friends by fighting age-old corrupt traditions, oppressive customs, feudal systems and tyrannical warlords. Much false has been said about the Taliban by the media as well as the ones who were accustomed to the old despicable customs.

    Given their circumstances, the Taliban have done very well!

    “women were prevented from leaving their houses (except in emergencies and that also if accompanied by a close male relative)”

    It is grossly false to say that the women were able to go out with men only in case of emergencies. In fact the situation NOW has gone so bad that the women are praying for good old Taliban times:
    We would rather have the Taliban’s time

    “No one convicted of a crime had the right to appeal”

    The Taliban’s justice is what people choose, as reported by David Kilcullen – the senior adviser to U.S. commander General Stanley McChrystal, referred in my previous post. Note this is not widely reported in the media.

    “If a man trimmed his beard, he risked being killed. I would never like to live in a state ruled by the Taliban!”

    This is blatantly untrue, you have surpassed even the most grossly errant among the media in stating this. I challenge you to produce even one credible account that proves that anyone was executed/ killed for not having a beard.

    All 4 madhabs (Shafi’i, Hanafi, Maliki and Hanbali) have ruled the beard is wajib (obligatory/ compulsory). There is clear injunction from the prophet for Muslims to grow beard and trim moustaches and the glorious Qur’an says:

    “Obey Allah and His Messenger”: But if they turn back, Allah loveth not those who reject Faith. – Translation of the Glorious Quran 3:32

    The beard is uniform dress code of Muslim men. Your plea is like that of a child, who insists he does not like his school uniform. In Taliban’s environment, the beard becomes a basic social requirement, everybody wants to keep it. You too would want to, if you were in that environment. As a Muslim, I am sure you would want to wear the Islamic uniform, non-Muslims don’t have to! If you have any evidence from the authentic Islamic sources (Qur’an and sunnah) that the beard is not obligatory, then you would have some basis for your stand, otherwise the Taliban score over you on this issue too.

    Highly recommend the following:
    Islam: The Misunderstood Religion Abdur Raheem Green
    Afghanistan: 7 years on – Yvonne Ridley (ex-captive of the Taliban)

  4. During their rule in Afghanistan, the Taliban virtually ended crime, prostitution and other evils, but the method they used was detestable. All women were prevented from leaving their houses (except in emergencies and that also if accompanied by a close male relative). No one convicted of a crime had the right to appeal. If a man trimmed his beard, he risked being killed. I would never like to live in a state ruled by the Taliban!

  5. No! Taliban does not know a thing about Sharia or Islam! Shame on them for establishing sharia justice in Afghanistan and running hospitals while simultaneously fighting a war. They don’t love Allah, his Rasool (saws), his Deen and the Sharia at all!

    Perhaps the Americans are falsely accusing them of establishing justice:

    ”A network of 15 Sharia courts in the Taliban-dominated south spent relatively little time on hard-line Islamic issues, as Westerners usually believed, but instead focused 95 percent of effort on civil issues, like land and inheritance disputes.”

    “If the Taliban do something that offends you, you go to the ombudsman and you complain, and they hear the case. Sometimes they fire or even execute Taliban commanders for breaking the code of conduct.”

    Imagine, these filthy Taliban think they want to be better at delivering justice than the great virtuous Pakistani army or any other army in the world. Shame on the Taliban, they should learn from the most “civilised nation” in the world, who ensure their soldiers can rape and murder without being held accountable by civilian courts, by lobbying for their soldiers’ right to rape women around the world:

    Justice for the rape victim, surrender the US Marines now!
    Washington Secures Long-Sought Hemispheric Outpost, Perhaps at the Expense of Regional Sovereignty
    Iraqi Leaders Question US Troops’ Immunity

    “Local people would laugh at the idea that they could go to the (Afghan government) police if a bike or goat was stolen, Kilcullen (a senior adviser to U.S. commander General Stanley McChrystal) said”

    The Americans might be lying about Taliban winning, they should stop this lies:

    “A government that is losing to a counter-insurgency isn’t being outfought, it is being out-governed. And that’s what’s happening in Afghanistan,” Kilcullen told Australia’s National Press Club.”

    Sources:

    Taliban ready if Afghan government fails, analyst warns
    US Commander Believes Afghanistan Strategy Not Working

  6. I rest my case with Yusha in obedience to the following Quranic verse:
    And the servants of (Allah) Most Gracious are those who walk on the earth in humility, and when the ignorant address them,
    they say, ‘peace’ (in reply) – Glorious Qur’an 25:63

    @Confused, May Allah remove the veil of confusion over your heart as he has done for so many of your likes.

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