Rihanna clearly has a finely tuned disregard for chill, and common sense. The Bajan Pop singer thought it would be a good idea to have a makeshift photo shoot at a mosque in Abu Dhabi. The Daily Mail reports:
Staff at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque say they asked the singer to leave the compound after her actions were considered to be at odds with the ‘sanctity’ of the site. Photos posted on her Instagram account at the weekend show the 25-year-old posing on white marble wearing a head-to-toe hooded black jumpsuit.
By Rihanna standards, the clothing she was wearing–she was fully covered and dressed in black–was tame. However, it was a mosque, in Abu Dabi. And the “Pour It Up” singer definitely wasn’t supposed to be snapping flicks.
The mosque, which is the largest in the UAE and can hold more than 40,000 people, released a statement, and although it does not name Rhianna, it refers to a ‘recent incident, involving a singer.’ ‘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,’ the statement read. ‘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,’ it said reported The National. It said the singer ‘left without entering the mosque, after being asked to do so, due to the fact that she had taken some pictures that do not conform with the conditions and regulations put in place by the Centre’s management to regulate visits in a way that takes the status and sanctity of the mosque into consideration.’
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