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Mohammed in Top 100 Boy Names in Minnesota

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On April 12, 2013 @ 7:10 pm In The Point | 18 Comments

Nothing to worry about, I’m sure.

Mohamed has made the list of most popular baby boy names in Minnesota, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Mohamed was the 98th most popular boy’s name in 2011 in the state. The SSA says Minnesota parents named 73 boys after the founder of Islam in that year.

This is the first time the name has appeared on the list the SSA releases each year.

There are 317 people who practice Islam per 100,000 in Minnesota, according to a 2010 study by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). That means the state has the 18th largest Muslim population in the United States and the District of Columbia, behind nearby Illinois (first) and Michigan (sixth).

Here are some Great Minnesotan Mohammeds who are already making a difference.

A Minneapolis man accused of helping send young men through a terrorist pipeline from Minnesota to Somalia was convicted Thursday on all five terrorism-related charges he faced, including one that could land him in prison for life. The man, Mahamud Said Omar, 46, a mosque janitor, was the first man to stand trial in the government’s investigation into what it says was the recruitment of more than 20 men who have left Minnesota since 2007 to join al-Shabab, a United States-designated terrorist group linked to Al Qaeda.

The FBI said that in the recent case, two young Minnesota men, 19-year-old Mohamed Osman and 20-year-old Omar Ali Farah, left their homes for their trek to Somalia in mid-July.

Mohammed Abdullah Warsame is a jihadist who received military training in al-Qaida camps, dined with bin Laden and went to the Taliban’s front line. As part of the plea agreement in U.S. District Court in Minnesota, Warsame agreed to be deported to Canada after serving his sentence.

Khalid Mohamud Abshir. Authorities say Abshir, who worked at a car-rental company, helped persuade four other Twin Cities men to fight in Somalia from September 2007 to January 2008. He left for Somalia in December 2007 and is still believed to be at large in Somalia.

Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan. Known to his friends as “Miski,” in August 2008 the Roosevelt High School student left Minneapolis for Somalia at 17. He was indicted on terrorism charges in August 2009. He is still believed to be at large.

Farah Mohamed Beledi. Estranged from his family, the St. Paul man ran with a street gang and stabbed another man at a soccer game. He started to turn his life around after he was released from prison in 2008. He left for Somalia in October 2009, with Faarax and Isse. Beledi became the second Minnesotan suicide bomber in Somalia, when he tried to detonate himself at a government checkpoint in May 2011. He was shot to death before he could deploy his bombs.


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