Throughout her career, Rihanna has proven to be far from conservative. But her latest stunt is even surprising for her. During her tour stop in Abu Dhabi, Rihanna visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and decided to pose for a few photos. Though she was fully covered in a jumpsuit and a hijab, she and her photographer were kicked out of the mosque for violating the sanctity of the site.
The mosque issued a public statement on Monday saying:
“The singer entered on a private visit without introducing herself and without prior coordination with the administration. She was asked to leave before entering the mosque after she posed in ways that do not match the sacred status.”
The mosque center also said they attempt to prohibit anyone who “fails to meet the standards of decency required to enter the mosque, such as by posing for inappropriate photographs or by sitting in disrespectful positions.”
Rihanna posted photos from the shoot and several folks have commented. Many are arguing that though Rihanna was covered, posing in a mosque kind of takes away from the holy atmosphere. After all, this is a place where people go to worship God not celebrate the beauty and fashion sense of a pop star. I can see how it would be distracting to those going to worship or tour the site. Others Muslims have thanked Rihanna for showing respect by covering her head in front of the mosque.
I’m not a Muslim but I visited a mosque when I was in Egypt and my tour guide said that she didn’t even like for Mosques to be too ornately decorated because is detracts from the real focus of this holy place. So no doubt this little photo shoot would have been frowned upon.
And then as if the photos weren’t enough, the captions were certainly out of order.
See how Riahnna captioned some of the photos and check out the rest of the pictures on the following pages.