Ilhan Omar’s marriage mystery raises more questions than answers

Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar has been in the news almost from the day she won her seat in Congress. Not only is she one of the first female Muslim representatives to be elected to Congress, but she’s also a Somalian refugee, and believes that the United States should be more open to more immigrants in the future.

However, in addition to what many conservatives consider to be questionable politics, the Somali-American lawmaker has a suspicious personal past as well, something that has come to light because of her aggressive tactics against President Donald Trump.

“Well there’s a lot of talk about the fact that she was married to her brother,” Trump said on the White House lawn or Omar according to The DailyMail. “I know nothing about it, I hear that she was married to her brother … I don’t know but I’m sure that somebody would be looking at that.”

Trump is not the first to comment about Omar’s personal life, and his accusation isn’t the only one that has drawn suspicion to the lawmaker.

While many of the details remain unclear, it seems to be established that Omar has been “married” three times to two different men, some of which appears to overlap.

The DailyMail’s report lay’s out Omar’s history in a somewhat concise manner, taking from information gathered from interviews with both Omar and a spokesperson.

“Here’s the real background information about Omar’s ‘confusing’ marital history, in her own words. In 2016, Omar told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that she had married Ahmed Abdisalan Hirsi (Husband 1) in their Muslim ‘faith tradition’ in 2002, and that after having two children, they divorced in their ‘faith tradition’ in 2008. No marriage certificate was issued, and there is no documentary evidence for the divorce,” the Daily Mail reported.

“In 2009, Omar married a Somali immigrant to Britain named Ahmed Nur Said Elmi (Husband 2) in a wedding in an unglamorous suburban state registry. The officiator was a Christian minister named Wilecia Harris, now a pastor at the Great and Mighty Works Ministries in Richfield, Minn.”

At this point it seems unclear if Omar was deviating from her faith, having a non-Muslim minister marry her in a civil ceremony, or why she chooses to deal with the marriage in this way, however, the marriage was legal and not religious, according to most reports.

“The full certificate also shows that, despite Omar’s ‘faith tradition’, the couple seem to have been cohabiting before their marriage,” the DailyMail went on.

“Documents released on Monday seem to show that she and Husband 1 were living together in Minneapolis at the time of her marriage to Husband 2… And when Omar and Husband 2 went to college in Fargo at North Dakota State University, Husband 1 came too.”

It’s unclear how the civil marriage devolved into a “faith-based” divorce, which is what Omar said she and Husband 2 had, but he returned to London, according to Omar the DailyMail reported, and the same year she had her third child with Husband 1 and made him Husband 3 in what she called another “faith tradition” marriage.

When the “faith tradition” marriage took place, and child number 3 was born, Omar was still legally married to Husband 2, and didn’t obtain a legal divorce for several years, which caused spokesperson Ben Goldfarb to admit 2016 that Omar was kind of married to two people at the same time, according to the DailyMail.