British Muslim man taken off honeymoon flight 'because he has a beard'

Published: February 11, 2016
Ahmed Ali is a property developer who works with his father Zamir. His work requires him to travel to Middle East and Europe.. PHOTO COURTESY: DERBY TELEGRAPH

Ahmed Ali is a property developer who works with his father Zamir. His work requires him to travel to Middle East and Europe.. PHOTO COURTESY: DERBY TELEGRAPH

A British Muslim man was asked to get off the plane moments before he was to disembark on honeymoon with his wife.

Ahmed Ali was going to Morocco from Manchester Airport when he was questioned over terrorism and taken off a Thomson flight, he has claimed.

The 39-year-old man who lives in Derby was interrogated for a number of hours by Greater Manchester Police Officers, something he said happened for the 20th time. However, it was the first time he was told to disembark the plane immediately.

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Ali said, “I was on the plane and watching a video and my wife was chatting to the people next to her. We were really looking forward to the holiday because it was a late honeymoon for us.”

He added: “I was then tapped on the shoulder by a member of staff who said you need to leave the plane. I asked three times – why? She said the police are outside waiting for you. I asked why you have taken me off the flight. They said follow us and said they would interview me under section seven of the terrorism act.”

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Ali is a property developer who works with his father Zamir. His work requires him to travel to Middle East and Europe.

On this excruciating discrimination, he said he was recently questioned before he boarded a flight at Heathrow along with his mother.

But the latest incident has caused him to take a firm stand against such behaviour and wished that he was detained so that he could prove in the court that there’s something wrong with such discrimination.

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“I am so upset about it. What they did was wrong and I think it is purely because I am Muslim and have a beard,” he said.

Soon after the incident he posted a video rant on his social media profile in which he compared David Cameron to Hitler, saying that the latter was “oppressing the Muslim people”.

He went on to say, “I’m no threat to anyone. The only person who is a threat is David Cameron and his bigotry. Hitler was an oppressive and a bad person to the Jews and to people in general. Today’s Hitler is David Cameron.”

Ali said he also works for charity and feed white people just out of humanity.

“I explained that I was British. I’m a British Muslim. I go out and feed the homeless in Britain – white people. I’ve been to Cumbria to help people. Before all of this. I’ve been doing it for seven or eight years,” he said.

The Muslim man was not only discriminated against by the police but according to him has also received racist comments on his Facebook profile, calling him a terrorist and someone who has several wives, an allegation he stoutly denies.


The article originally appeared on Daily Mail.

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  • Josh Meleeabadi
    Feb 11, 2016 - 7:16PM

    Great example of West’s tolerant culture.Recommend

  • Breaking Bad
    Feb 11, 2016 - 7:57PM

    I think its only Mr Ahmed Ali’s assumption that he was removed from the flight because of beard. The title of news article is misleading.Recommend

  • SuperNeo
    Feb 11, 2016 - 8:40PM

    Look at his face… why he thinks he shouldn’t be boarded off the plane ? and that too in England where loose Immigration policies have already created so many problems for them.Recommend

  • Ashraf P
    Feb 11, 2016 - 9:07PM

    @Josh Meleeabadi:
    Look at your own ideology and tolerance first.Recommend

  • Ashraf P
    Feb 11, 2016 - 9:09PM

    The poor guy was going on a honeymoon with his 3rd wife. Have a heart people!Recommend

  • curious2
    Feb 11, 2016 - 9:31PM

    No indication this event was covered by anybody but Tribune – that’s odd because these events generally get lots of press coverage in UK. If long beards were the reason for removing someone from a plane then hundreds of people would get booted daily … whatever reason for his removal I doubt his beard was a major reason.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Feb 11, 2016 - 9:35PM

    Yet why would one keep a beard, and a massive one at that, on one’s honeymoon ?! At least give the bride a break then.Recommend

  • buba
    Feb 11, 2016 - 10:25PM

    I go out and feed the homeless in Britain – white people.
    Racist statement – he probably isn’t aware that he’s considered “white” by most.Recommend

  • pk
    Feb 11, 2016 - 10:50PM

    He should look like a Human first then talk about discrimination.Recommend

  • Sardar Saleem
    Feb 11, 2016 - 11:08PM

    @SuperNeo: My freaky Indian friend, if you are so full of muslims, why you hindus go to MiddleEast like good kids and work for the Arabs? Recommend

  • Rahul
    Feb 11, 2016 - 11:57PM

    This is his version that he was disembarked because of his beard. Maybe the British had some other evidence from his frequent middle east trips. Recommend

  • bogus
    Feb 11, 2016 - 11:58PM

    The 39-year-old man who lives in Derby was interrogated for a number of hours by Greater Manchester Police Officers, something he said happened for the 20th time
    Ample evidence that his beard wasn’t the issue – he’s obviously on a watch list which has everything to do with his activities. Also – he works for a charity so giving food isn’t “charity” it’s work. Also – describing charitable recipients as “white” is demeaning/racist and says something about his own character.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Feb 12, 2016 - 12:14AM

    When you look like a duck……quack like a duck……can you blame people if they think you’re a duck ?Recommend

  • Freaky Indian
    Feb 12, 2016 - 12:33AM

    @Sardar Saleem:
    Bhai, when was the last time hindus de-capitated humans in the name of religion or tried to blow up public places in Midd East.? Recommend

  • JBk
    Feb 12, 2016 - 1:28AM

    @SuperNeo: I have some bad news for you. There are upwards of 4 million Muslims in the UK and their numbers are only likely to grow and horror of horror for you the growth in their numbers won’t be due to loose immigration controls thankfully reproduction is not yet curbed by immigration laws in the UK..

    Since you show such distaste for this man’s appearance which frankly is characteristically Muslim but could very well be that of Jew Christian or Sikh person, I suspect you suffer from a bad case of islamophobia. While there is no cure for it sadly let me assure you many hundreds of readers of your post would pray that your sad existance comes to a miserable end. Hope it all works all us have wished.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Feb 12, 2016 - 2:20AM

    @Josh Meleeabadi:
    > Great example of West’s tolerant culture.

    Plenty of Muslim countries for him to seek asylum into. However he would never do that as he is having a much better time in UK than he would in a Muslim country.Recommend

  • ajeet
    Feb 12, 2016 - 3:43AM

    If it looks like a dog and barks like a dog, then its a dog.Recommend

  • kadwa sach
    Feb 12, 2016 - 4:27AM

    @Josh Meleeabadi:
    Yeah, the whole world discriminates Muslims. Coming from a Pakistani, this sounds like a big joke. Pakistan discriminates blatantly against its helpless minorities whose numbers are constantly dwindling. They not only have no right to practice their faith, their marriages are not even recognized. Do you know the impact of this on the children of minorities? Their passports even brandmark them as non-Muslims. That’s apartheid. And, yet, you talk about the West’s tolerant culture which, I must say, is far, far tolerant than anything seen in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Korn
    Feb 12, 2016 - 4:37AM

    Somebody should inform Mr. Ali & others here talking about intolerance in britain that 3 of the 4 guys who did the london bombings that killed 54 innocent people were muslims of Pakistani origin. The british have every reason to question suspicious looking Pakistanis. Recommend

  • someone
    Feb 12, 2016 - 5:31AM

    Well Sir, you are a victim of cultural invasion…errr..Saudi Culture invasion that is, because you think it is your beard that makes you more convincing Muslim.Recommend

  • Karachiwala
    Feb 12, 2016 - 8:00AM

    A typical Pakistani approach of blaming British govt and society yet, enjoying their state benefits and lifestyle. People like them are the main reason of bringing bad name

    Long beard and honeymoon don’t get along! Go Raiwand not Morocco Recommend

  • Komal S
    Feb 12, 2016 - 9:37AM

    Not sure how to respond. Looks like a genuine guy who has had enough and hurt. He seems to be a logical guy except for his last 2 minutes, comparing his own prime minister to Hitler. That does not help him. Paris has changed western mindset and security establishment is probably given a free reign to go after potential risks. Muslims may not like this, when the terrorists in Afghan/Pakistan roam around in beards, when you sport a similar beard it attracts attention. That is reality. Many muslims do not sport beard to avoid attention. Recommend

  • Ayesha Khalid
    Feb 12, 2016 - 10:56AM

    It is about time that Muslims got back some of what they have been dishing out to the world. We are not “superior” to anybody. Stop demanding rights that we yourselves are not willing to give to our minorities. Recommend

  • Dajjal
    Feb 12, 2016 - 11:03AM

    People should no longer be allowed to hand carry their beards… they should now be required to check them in with the baggage.Recommend

  • Akhtar M
    Feb 12, 2016 - 11:40AM

    Who knows what this man’s social-media history is? Maybe the authorities have been watching him.Recommend

  • SuperNeo
    Feb 12, 2016 - 12:30PM

    @Sardar Saleem:
    those are Indian Muslims , they are not infected with across the border wrong interpetation of faith.Recommend

  • stars
    Feb 12, 2016 - 1:09PM

    A few decades of multiculturalism in the west has shaken their high talks of pluralism. and they have the audacity to blame India for a few similar incidents which are bound to happen due to the non adjusting & fundamentalist nature of muslims. India has been tolerating muslims for so many centuries and yet we hear the lecture from the west on minority rights who can’t tolerate muslim ways even for decades.Recommend

  • Feb 12, 2016 - 1:36PM

    @Sardar Saleem:
    we work anywhere and for anyone because religion does not come in between. respect those who provide you the daily bread.Recommend

    Feb 12, 2016 - 4:26PM

    @ajeet: In any form discrimination is bad for all humans. Recommend

  • Sana
    Feb 12, 2016 - 5:18PM

    First of all the is mentioned as a British Muslim , not Pakistani British so why is the assumption going on if he came from Pakistan ?

    Secondly if he is asked to shave beard just coz he looks like a Muslim than what happened to Western standard of freedom to lead a peaceful life ?

    If racial profiling is ok coz they think it makes Britain /Europe safe then they are giving tools to people who will exploit anger and frustration of law-abiding Muslims living in Europe targeted coz of how they look .Recommend

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