The wearing of a covering such as a hijab, niqab, burka or other hair covering is considered mandatory under Shariah.
(For a guide to Shariah-compliant female head coverings, see our earlier post on the subject: http://www.shariahfinancewatch.org/2009/03/04/trying-to-make-us-play-by-their-rules-muslims-protest-full-head-photos-on-drivers-licenses/ )
A wealthy Saudi woman in Minnesota used that requirement to conduct her banking business in a rather “unorthodox” fashion recently. She robbed banks in the upper midwest in the USA during August and September.
It seems that Ranya Al-Huthaili pulled off a string of bank heists by “disguising” herself by wearing an Al-Amira head covering along with dark sunglasses. Surveillance photos clearly show her in her disguise. This is not the first time that such traditional Shariah-compliant garb has been used to conceal nefarious activity–everything from terrorist attacks to identity theft. Note in the article linked below that the journalist fails to make any mention of Al-Huthaili’s use of the Al-Amira in her crimes, but does mention that she wore dark sunglasses. It is also worth mentioning that Al-Huthaili is being held without bail because, as a Saudi citizen, she is a flight risk, as the US has no extradition treaty with our “close ally in the war on terrorism,” Saudi Arabia.