03/13/2015 12:04 EDT | Updated 03/13/2015 12:59 EDT

Rania El-Alloul, Woman Involved In Quebec Hijab Controversy, Says No To Crowdfunding


MONTREAL — A Quebec woman who was refused her day in court because she was wearing a hijab is saying no thanks to $47,000 raised on her behalf through a crowdfunding campaign.

The money collected online was to be used to help Rania El-Alloul buy a car.

The drive was in response to a judge's refusal to hear her case against Quebec's automobile insurance board, which had seized her vehicle.

El-Alloul says she appreciates the financial support but can't accept the gift.

She believes the money can be put to better use helping others whose rights have been forfeited.

Campaign organizers say they would like to earmark some of the money to help El-Alloul, who is pursuing legal action through the National Council of Canadian Muslims.

Quebec court Judge Eliana Marengo recently told El-Alloul her case would not be heard unless she removed her headscarf, saying it wasn't appropriate to wear in her courtroom.

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