September 16th, 2013
06:26 PM ET

Being Muslim in America after 9/11

"Fareed Zakaria GPS," Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN

Fareed speaks with Ayad Akhtar, who won the Pulitzer Prize this year for his debut play ‘Disgrace,’ and Aasif Mandvi, who was the lead actor in that play, about identity and Islam in the United States.

What do you think of the American Muslim experience? Do you see this pull, on the one hand, to modernize and assimilate into America, and on the other hand to stay true…?

I grew up in a very liberal Muslim home. You know, much more than like the character in the play, for example. But still, I think there’s an identification with the Muslim world, the Muslim identity in some way that it is especially after 9/11, you know, it is a question that I live with.

I'm on TV. I get to say things and stand on that fence and comment on both sides of it, you know. I'm very fortunate in that way that I get to do that. But it’s something that lives inside of me. And since September 11, I don't know how far we've come, really.

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  1. Bart

    Last month, Hafiz Muhammed Sher Ali Khan, a Pakistani Imam, was caught a red handed in Florida while sending money to terrorists. In many cases, normal citizens have ample reasons to become Islamophobes. Muslims need to renounce terrorism first, then expect others to begin trusting them.

    September 16, 2013 at 8:47 pm | Reply
    • Jose M Pulido

      Muslims/Islamists will never stop sending money to their fellow Muslim/Islamists terrorists; sending money to such terrorists makes the sender another Muslim/Islamist terrorists. Muslims/Islamists are here to destroy our country from within, and they do not hide such fact but boast about it.

      October 6, 2013 at 6:42 am | Reply
  2. JAL

    One cannot understand Abraham without Mohammed.

    September 16, 2013 at 9:03 pm | Reply
    • Jose M Pulido

      Child molester Mohammed has nothing to do with Abraham. Islamists/Muslims link themselves to Abraham in order to justify calling the deadly, worthless and useless ideology Islam– an Abrahamic religion. Only the 12 tribes do Israel and Ishmael and their descendants are descendants of Abraham.

      A region called Arabia located south of Israel was already there even before Abraham was born–therefore, the original inhabitants of such region were the Arabs and the present descendants of those original Arabs, but they are not descendants of Abraham because they were already there before Abraham.

      But today, all those non-Israelites who live in that region call themselves Arabs, even though not all of them are descendants of the inhabitants of the original Arabia neither are they descendants of Abraham. Therefore, there is no correlation between Abraham and Mohammed, the mass-murderer who beheaded all those who refused to accept Islam. The only two Abrahamic religions are Judaism and Christianity. Islam is just an Ideology designed to provide many women to men and to oppress them and humiliate them. Islam is also an ideology disguised as a religion; it is designed to destroy countries from within as they are doing to the USA by growing in numbers and abusing our freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

      October 6, 2013 at 6:38 am | Reply
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  7. john smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
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    September 17, 2013 at 3:41 am | Reply
    • romao neto

      My friend !...You've got jest one side of all this mess by Americans and rest of the World ! What about the other one?

      September 17, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Reply
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