He told that he had to bear extra security checks when traveling to America, all because being a Muslim and his appearance.
He said,“The first time I came to America, I had three security checks before I got on the plane; first they said that I’d been randomly selected, and then they said it was something to do with my name, it was flagging something on their system,” the 24-year-old told the Evening Standard. The situation, however, escalated when the band reached the country.
“I take a great sense of pride – and responsibility – in knowing that I am the first of my kind, from my background,” he said. “I’m not currently practicing but I was raised in the Islamic faith, so it will always be with me, and I identify a lot with the culture. But I’m just me. I don’t want to be defined by my religion or my cultural background.”
In the interview, he also touched on the radicalisation of second and third generation British Muslims, saying it baffles him.
“I don’t know how to figure out the psychology of why people do it. And I don’t know the remedy for it,” he said. “I just wish people had more love and care and compassion for other human beings.”