Convicted Muslim Protests Ban On Headscarf

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Muslim woman convicted of conspiring to funnel money to terrorists in Somalia is protesting a ban on headwear at the Sherburne County Jail where she’s an inmate.

Amina Farah Ali says her religion, Islam, requires her to wear a head covering, or hijab, in public. Ali’s attorney, Dan Scott, says she has refused to come out of her jail cell to eat.

Jail commander Pat Carr tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press that no personal clothing is allowed in the jail, including headgear. Sheriff Joel Brott says Ali is not going without food, but he didn’t know if she was eating in a dayroom or her cell.

The 35-year-old Rochester woman was convicted last week of conspiracy to provide material support to al-Shabab.

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  • MN_Mom

    She isn’t in public, she’s in her new home. Deal with it woman. You break the rules you suffer the consequences. No special treatment!.

    • cindy

      Someone should tell her “SHE HAS NO RIGHTS!!!”

    • Dionne

      Really “for these people there it’s a fine line between citizen and terrorist”? What do you mean by “these people”? Glad to see you are lumping all Muslims into one category. News flash, not all Muslims are terrorists!

      • Gerald

        true, but almost all terrorists are muslim, think before you speak, if the muslim culture does not want to be seen as terrorists or supporting terrorists, they need to root out and solve the violent faction within their group or be seen as complying, to be silent is to consent and most muslims are silent to those who bring them a bad name.

      • larry

        pretty close to all of’m…lets not take the risk…send’m all back….and news flash to you: Islam is not a religion of peace&love BUT HATE….and killing of any who do not adhere to their islamic way.

      • markH

        Dionne- Perhaps you should educate yourself about the fundamental tenants of Islam before you embark on the defense of a religious ideology. Islam has some decent moral precepts (love for all, for instance) but also contains commands to kill those who do NOT believe its claims. People CHOOSE to become Muslim-it is NOT something you are born with like different colored skin. The Q’uran, the hadith (the reported sayings of their prophet) and sura either command or show tolerance for the abuse of women, murder of apostates, and subjugation and domination by force of other people. Don’t be an apologist for this life-destroying intolerant nonsense just to appear tolerant. Peace.

        • Get educated

          Mark H you reallllly need to get educated. Islam is actually the fastest growing religion in the world. There are the radical Islamics who are the ones causing problems. Just like there are radical Christians who believe that gays are the reason why we are at war. There is also a difference in Muslims and people who are Islamic.

          • SirGareth

            You appear to equate “fastest growing” with some sort of endorsement of Islam. I know some very fine Muslim people but their religion had nothing to do with it.

            This religion (Islam) has not yet been DE-fanged as most Christian sects were during the enlightenment. Also as much evil as was done in the name of Christianity historically speaking, the tenets of Christianity have always been explicitly towards peace, love, and tolerance and never commanded killing and death towards non-believers

          • markH

            I assure you I am well educated regarding Islam. However, being knowledgeable about a religion does not make it “good” nor does it validate its metaphysical claims. I can assure you without hesitation that there isn’t a Muslim, Jew, or Christian who thinks his neighbor is a “true believer” with respect to his own interpretation of these religious ideologies. You can spend your entire life in service and propagation of a religious belief system only to be told that the intolerant and “radical Islamics who are the ones causing the problems” are the trouble. The foundational texts for this system of belief contains the warrants for the evil-it is spelled out in black and white how a “true” Muslim is to behave and conduct himself, and it is not a disposition of tolerance and understanding. I appreciate your comment but perhaps the need for education in this matter falls to you. Peace.

          • Lisa Page

            Yes, there are people who jihad and those who do not. What do you think about Mohammad the founder of Islam who had sex slaves, mutliple wives (one who was nine when the marriage was consumated), beheaded many people because they did not want to follow his religion, attacked and stole possessions from carvans traveling the desert? I can’t relate. How do you relate with this. As a female I find it disturbing

        • konjokris

          RIGHT ON MARH H!!

        • Logical.

          Unfortunately, most people do not get to “choose” their religious affiliations. Most people have a specific flavor of religion (or lack thereof) forced upon them by their parents when they are too young to make their own choices. By the time they are old enough to make their own educated choice, they’ve been brainwashed long enough that they’ll never desire to explore the alternatives.

          Some people eventually escape the beliefs force upon them as children, but unfortunately, it’s too late for most.

          • SirGareth

            It goes for more than religion — the church has your kid for an hour a week; the government school unions have them 30 hours a week 38 weeks a year.

        • RUFUS

          WHAT EVER!!!!!

      • sick and tired of liberals

        oh shut up!

      • Jeff

        No, they’re all alah abiding citizens.

      • Truly sad commentary

        Man, these are some offensive, racist, and loaded words by Dionne and Rags, “darkies” and “cover her afro.” WOW

        • wrong and wrong and wrong

          Oh know they are not, Just daily used MN Nice

          • Easy enough to resolve

            MN Nice = .38’s and .44’s
            May the perps die in peace

          • GRAMMER 101

            “know” REALLY? stay in school kid.

            • Kelsey

              You aint my grammer or grandpa. Whadupwichoo?

        • not that sad

          actually, nobody knows if she has an “afro” and her crimes against the US, knowingly done, are way more offensive. You are just not hearing the anger.

    • Susan

      I agree, you break the law, you do the time… You loose all your rights when you break the law.

      • Something to ponder

        Susan, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you do not lose all of your rights when you break the law or even when you are convicted and sent to prison. Don’t believe me, look at the ACLU website or other Prisoner rights publications.
        As American citizens we must remember that rights will erode for all if we look the other way when someone else who we may think is not like us is denied their civil rights. I wonder if the jail told a Jewish inmate he could not wear a yarmulke or a Christian is told that he can not wear a cross or carry a Bible in population, would it get the same negative reaction as the Somali woman in the article?

        • Al Sharpton

          You are correct. This woman will be a pioneer in the 2012 civil rights movement. I’m going to post many of these hate comments on my show this afternoon.

        • RUFUS


      • Paul

        She is required to wear her headband “in-public”, because of her actions she has been removed from “the-publci”.

        • gerald

          the koran does not mention the wearing of the head scare, it is found in the later texts, people often add material to the original and call it law, All three major religions based out of the middle east are just works of historical fiction based on here say and conjecture. The stories are loosely based on events and of course told as if it happend on video tape. The truth is they are just praying to ET, they all mention beings from the sky or “heaven” as the stars were once thought to be the soles of the dead watching us. Ya that turned to be false, as with most of the religious tales. so as long as we have menatally small people praying to a long ago ET we will have fights about it.
          Knowing God = No Peace
          No God = Knowing Peace
          Wake up people, stop giving your money and time to the pedophiles and criminals of your local church, use it to help a neighbor or your local community.

    • maxey

      Let’s get a look at her hair before we start taking positions like this.

    • kaiwi

      That “headgear: poses a threat to prison staff and other inmates as it could be used as a weapon. There is a reason personal clothing of any kind is not allowed in our penal institutions. Perhaps she should spend the rest of her term in solitary confinement and then be allowed to wear whatever ever she wants to–but NEVER in the general population!

      • me

        Yes; but allowing her ugly face to show is a threat to the staff & other inmates being able to keep THEIR dinner’s down …

    • Law Abiding Citizen

      If I were to committ a crime in a Country other than the USA, and jailed I would have to abide by that countries rules. I dont care what your Religion or Race is, There are rules and regulations everywhere THAT MUST BE FOLLOWED! If you choose to break the law you will be punished. You choose to live in the greatest country in World, make our money,(or recieve it from tax payers), and send it to another country to fund people just like yourself, people who think the rules dont apply to them. You were caught and convicted. Eat or dont, my guess is that wont last very long. Bottom line, you did the crime and now do the time.

  • Jeff

    The religion says she has to wear the head wrap when out in public. If she’s in jail she’s not in Public she’s in “Population”. I know it’s a fine line but then again, for these people it’s a fine line between citizen and terroist. I think she’ll get by.

  • bobby

    Yep- you lose your rights when you go to jail. If you wanted to wear the head scarf, don’t go to prison. Those are the rules. deal with it.

  • just sayin'

    Send all of your money to Ziggy Wilf, people.

  • barrister

    You Minnesota RUBES are nothing but racist bigots


      …we have the highest somali population in America, and we are 70% minorities, if we were truthfully NOTHING BUT racist bigots, 70% of would have some serious self esteem issues….you are obviously an anti social shut-in who has never walked the streets of MN and made an attempt to ADAPT to our culture. There is nothing deceitful about our smiles, and yes, saying excuse me and holding the door for others IS expectable. Try giving more than you take. We ARE Minnesota Nice.

    • markH

      Islam is not a race, it’s a religious ideology. To prove this point, try asking a caucasian to become an African American by next summer. Now ask the same person to convert to Islam in the same timeframe. Do you get my point here? For that matter, Jews are not members of a race either-they are members of a religious heritage that has significant cultural underpinnings-but they are not a separate race. You can become a Jew by converting (same as Christian, Muslim, etc) and do NOT have to change your skin color or race to do so. Peace.

    • Taco Wilson

      You’re right, we should let her go and help her with organizing a community fund-raiser, so she can funnel more money to terror cells in Somalia. Maybe we should deport you…

      • robin snitcher

        If she is so unhappy about our rules of conduct she and all her family members should be sent back to their own country. I am more than a little tired of all the people that come into this country and complain about our lifestyle.

        • tan pup

          And use their “religion” as an excuse to do ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING THEY WANT! Barrister – you need to go back to where you came from; you are the rube if you believe that people who want to KILL you – should be allowed to do what they want, when they want and how they want, all in the name of their (any) religion. I would LOVE to see how HER country would treat HER if SHE had been found guilty of just crossing the street by HERself not to mention supporting a terrorist group who wanted to kill all their citizens – all the while taking advantage of the privaliges that others have fought hard to achieve. She should be tossed back into the public of where she can be dealt with under HER religion. SHE needs to be sent back to the hell she wants to create here in the US! If that makes me a racist, so be it! I would think the good law abiding people who contend the Muslim religion is not as SHE has portrayed, would stand up and say that SHE should be sent back to her “paradise” and leave to prove they are as the rest of us, tying to make a difference in their lives without violence and hate. If you don’t want to be associated with murder, hate and all that has been portrayed, then stand up for the law you promised to uphold when you took the oath of citizenship! If you are not a citizen then sit down, shut up or go back back to whereever you came from – this US citizen doen’t give a rats butt about YOUR religion.

        • GrandmaJ

          Robin, your phrase should be LAWS AND RULES OF SOCIETY, not lifestyle. Lifestyle is chosen individually. Laws of the land are set there in stone for ALL OF US.
          And yes, if we were to go to her former country and as a woman refused to wear that lousy looking headgear–we would be in prison–against their law. So I won’t be going to countries in which I plan to break any laws. But in the USA, you best follow the USA laws.

    • ch

      of course, she couldn’t just go over there and shoot someone.

  • Dave

    this is America, go home if you dont like it

    • joe

      She can’t. She’s in jail, dude. You know how that works, right?

    • Molly

      WELL Said!!!!

  • Joe

    I don’t think we are racist as much as just sick of being told that we are. What ever happened to everyone working towards being an American in America. It was a common goal that united everyone.
    She’s in jail for what she did. She has lost her rights.

  • tbone

    Lets just follow islamis tradition and cut her head off, that way we wont have to look at it in the news anymore

    • Ruth

      Yes! Let’s implement the Muslim law of punishment; in this case, off with the head. People who come to America need to assimilate and be tolerant of our culture and tradition. Instead, WE have to be tolerant of them. I really wonder why MN has the largest Somali population in the country. They certainly aren’t here for the weather, but rather all the FREEBIES we give them. Enough already!

      • konjokris

        The churches bring them here.

  • TL the alligator

    if the toad doesn’t like it then too bad so sad… in America if you do the crime you WILL do the time…..LOL, i will enjoy every day that these two imbeciles sit in prison and i hope its a long long time……let this be the inspiration for thousands to repatriate BACK to somalia…these people are so backwards with no desire to advance or educate themselves that its no wonder the whole country of them is in dire straights…….i say let them live the way they want and consequently die as a result.

  • Kate Roeger

    let her starve then if she can’t follow the rules……anybody else notice that her muslim religion is being used as an excuse to not follow the rules and decorum of American Society? I believe in the freedom of religion but if you chose to live in a society that is not Muslim dominant……than she has to follow the rules of society she is in

  • FARIDE12

    Put them in a plane and throw them in the middle of a DESERT or JUNGLE this country should kick them out os USA . They are posion to our sociaty ……

  • duc nguyen

    Criminals don’t have rights

  • lundberg


  • fred

    there is nothing in the koran that says women have to wear head coverings.


    • logical

      keeps her brain from falling out

    • MaidenMN

      You’re absolutely right, Fred. The funny thing is that Islam does NOT “require” her to wear the hijab at all, much less in public. It is a matter of personal choice. Another Muslim that doesn’t even know her own religion, but thinks we’re even more ignorant of it than she is so she can simply pull the wool (or hijab) over our eyes. Some theocratic countries may require it, but the religion, itself, does not.

  • me

    …it isn’t home….it’s America….live here and follow it’s rules…..or go home….

  • She is indeed

    she’s so purty
    wonders if she likes men? or girls? can she indulge in either in jail? will she protest if not? so so so many questions

    • red

      she’s gorgeous ain’t she? not

    • The banjo player from movie Deliverance.

      she sure got a purdy mouth…lol

  • Immigrantwho loves the USA

    When in Rome do as the Romans right? Well when in America and you mess them over you rot in jail, head gear or not, I hope that the senate will see what is happening here and QUIT CATERING TO EVERY OTHER CULTURES NEEDS. Im an immigrant, born in a different country lived over half my life in the States I WOULD DIE for this country, I am more American than natural Americans I have a Flag and I praise the troops, I knew that coming to America it would be my new home, I didnt hate it and exploit its kindness. I worked and honored my promise I made when I got Naturalized, I bet half these people funneling money to terrorists are on welfare. So I guess in a sense our tax payers are paying for these people to bomb us, WAKE UP PEOPLE! Its not racism anymore, THAT CARD has been over used, and its over used by the ones who are the most racist of them all! Its time to take a stand and say NO WE WILL NOT CATER TO YOU OR YOUR WAY OF LIFE!

    • j


    • morgan

      very well said!

    • jan

      We need more people like you in this country. Thanks for coming here.

    • Rose

      Thank you so much. People like you capture the spirit of America. If everyone felt this way, the world would be a better place.

  • JohnC

    I,m sure that it is uncomfortable for her to go without her hijab. That being said, it is much less uncomfortable going without a hijab in America than it would be wearing a hijab in Somalia. She seems extremely unappreciative of the benefits of our society and therefore she should be given the opton to return to her home country and barred from ever reentering America. That option would save the taxpayers a lot of money and accomplish the objectives of separating her from our society and also punishing her for her crimes.

    • konjokris

      She has to wear their underwear and bra too. That’s enough to keep me on the straight and narrow. ICK.

  • MN Mom

    Let her starve, then she can feel what the children in her home country are going through because of the dictators that she is supporting to run her country.
    She’s in jail, she lost all her rights. Too bad chick- deal with it. I am not racist, but I do get tired of the immigrants who feel our culture has to change for them. They took an oath when they became citizens and they have violated that oath. Send her back. Quick!

    • chad

      God Bless You and God Bless the USA

    • Molly

      Totally AGREE MN Mom!!! you are soooo right on!! I repeat comment: ‘send her (and her cronies) back!!! Now

    • jackactionhero

      She didn’t take any oath, actually…

      • MaidenMN

        Yes she did. She’s a naturalized citizen. That wasn’t in this article, but in a previous one several weeks ago.

        • jackactionhero

          I did not read “naturalized.” I read US Citizen of Somali descent.

    • Charlyne

      We need to stop taking care of all the immigrants that come over to live on our tax money while they sit on welfare, free medical, free food, free home and cash assistance. If you come over to USA, you should work like the rest of us! We need to stop allowing all the people from coming to America for a “free ride” so they can send our money to their country. Does anyone else see this problem or is it just me?? Go back to your country!!

      • Rose

        Amen. Especially when in a lot of cases, it isn’t even appreciated. It’s a slap in the face when they return the favor by expecting even more!! It’s an enormous slap in the face when they become traitors to our county, like this woman! Oh…and she has the nerve to ask for favors after her atrocities??? NO WAY.

  • one time solution

    why not a single terroristic bullet to her head?


    Amen to Immigrant who loves the USA!!!! My son is fighting for our rights on his 5th tour in Iraq! If anyone does not like our laws, and ways —LEAVE.

  • Naaa

    Not in mine ! ;-)

  • Reasonable

    This woman is doing everything in her power to just be a huge pain in the rear isn’t she?

  • Molly

    I meant ‘well said’ for what Dave said: ‘go home’ muslim lady if you don’t want to abide by americas laws. too bad she (and the rest of’m) didn’t stay in somalia in the first place. If people who come to our country don’t intend to be americans and abide by the laws of our land then stay where you are, plain&simple.

  • Fran the Man

    AMEN to what???? A suicide bombing????? the sick pups are showing up in droves today here
    BTW- go Amy. You a rich white well known local…..another take down will further elevate your celebrity status. Go for it

    • Franlover

      You were a smashing at the gaypride parade this year Frannie. The idea about the giant rubber band around your waist to make you tight was ingenious sweetie.

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