Afghanistan: ‘But, American Muslims aren’t real Muslims’

attia-250Attia Nasar (left) is the director of a four-part documentary titled American Muslims, produced by the US State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs last year.

The documentary contains interviews from Muslims of different backgrounds, including US Congressman Keith Ellison and Ibtihaj Muhammad, of the US fencing team…

…According to Attia, Muslims from South and Central Asia have a lot of misconceptions about American Muslims.

When she would visit South and Central Asia, people would assume that she only wore the hijab while she visited, not believing she wore it full-time.

“They’re like, ‘wait, you are a Muslim and you work in the government?’ They were really surprised [that Muslims had jobs in the American government],” Attia recalled.

People also have the misconception that Muslims in America aren’t “real Muslims.”

“I was in Afghanistan for a radio interview and the guys didn’t believe I was Muslim enough,” commented Attia.

“They asked me to recite the Quran… I did and they were shocked”…