Hassan's character was brilliant: he was an Arab-American who loved America and just wanted to find social acceptance in post-9/11 society. But he still got booed anyway, which led him to basically go on a crusade to right the wrongs of what he considered social injustice.
The craziest thing of all is that if you really think about it logically, Hassan was the face and the fans were the heels.
I think that's really well said. The only thing that really made him a heel was the fact that he won all his matches because of interference from Davari. And then the whole thing on Smackdown with the Undertaker and the masked men 'Daniel Bryan'ing' Undertaker.
I heard after he was released from WWE he went into acting. Does anyone know, or has anyone seen anything he's been in?