Rihanna Violates "Moral Codes" At Abu Dhabi Mosque With Instagram Photoshoot

A statement from the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque says she was asked to leave after posing for photos outside the prominent place of worship.

1. Rihanna recently played a concert in Abu Dhabi as part of her “Diamonds” world tour. She visited the city’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque during some downtime.

2. She wore a black hijab for her visit, along with a long-sleeved blouse and wide-legged pants.


3. She also “covered up” for her concert date.


4. Back at the mosque, she posed for a number of photos outside, which have since caused a shitstorm on Twitter and Instagram.

5. And not just because she captioned this photo “bitch stole my look.”


6. Reactions have been mixed, though consistently extreme.

10. Mosque officials have released a statement condemning the singer’s snap-happy actions.

In the event of behavior 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 civilizational 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. [She] 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.

11. Indeed, all photos featuring Rihanna — posing fiercely, or lounging fiercely — are shot outside the mosque itself.


12. Rihanna has yet to address the controversy directly.

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