A new policy will allow Muslims at the Hennepin County Jail to wear religious head coverings. If you look at the second video, you will see that CAIR initiated this demand on behalf of a Somali Muslim woman convicted of terror funding in 2011.
CAIR- Minnesota director Saly Abd Alla, tells KSTP: “The new religious headwear policies sends a strong message throughout the state that, regardless of who the individual is or what their situation, we must uphold our Islamic principles.”
Minnesota’s first jail-issued head coverings follow on the heels of the first police-issued hijabs. St. Paul police announced at the start of this month that their first female Somali uniformed employee will wear a hijab issued by the department.
CAIR-MN is asking the Sherburne County sheriff’s office to allow convicted Muslim terrorists like Amina Farah Ali to wear a hijab.
It’s not the first time Ali has made waves for officials. During her court hearing, she was jailed after she refused to stand for a judge, saying it was against her religion to do so. She later complied with the judge’s order to stand.
Ali was convicted last week of conspiring to funnel money to terrorists with al-Shabaab in Somalia. Now, she is refusing to come out of her jail cell in protest of a ban on headwear at the Sherburne County Jail. Ali says her religion, Islam, requires her to wear a hijab in public — and the point she’s making may have implications for areas beyond Minnesota’s boundaries.
The hijab has become a symbol of Minnesota’s multicultural times. According to census data, the state’s Somali population is now 32,000, which is the largest in the U.S.
In Minnesota, Muslim women are allowed to wear the hijab for their drivers’ license photos. At the airport, female TSA agents will take Muslim women to a private area to remove the hijab if necessary. CAIRN-MN would like to see the same type of policy in jail and prison settings, saying anything else would be unfair.