She may have only intended to capture its beauty on camera, but today has seen serial chart topper Rihanna face fire from an Abu Dhabi mosque for holding a photo shoot right in front of it…without permission from the mosque itself.
What went down?
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In town to rock the fans with her ‘Diamonds World Tour’, the entertainer arrived at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque with pals, and began to pose for a shoot uploaded to her personal Instagram page.
Unfortunately, while her fans may have loved the finished product, staff at the religious establishment asked the performer to leave as her actions was ‘considered to be at odds with the sanctity of the site’.
Standing tall as the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates, the place of worship released a statement soon after, explaining:
‘In the event of behaviour that violates the moral codes of access to the mosque, or other visit regulations – such as taking inappropriate pictures, posing in ways that are improper in the context of sacred place, talking loudly, or eating – the violators are directed in a polite manner that reflects the civilisational and tolerant attributes of Islam.”
“Here, the Centre refers to a recent incident, involving a singer who came for a private visit to the mosque, at a gate that is not reserved for visitors, without prior coordination with the Centre’s management and without identifying herself.”
Unfortunately, in what made the above criticism ring even louder, reports have now emerged claiming the singer made no attempt to go inside the mosque- seemingly only interested in the photo op. A view point, held by Instagram user Emily November, who shared:
“‘Are these photos serious? I can’t believe she is this wrapped up into her own ‘looks’ that she poses at a place like this. A place which represents the opposite of what she represents.”
The vocalist is yet to respond.