Rihanna has reportedly been asked to leave the grounds of a mosque in Abu Dhabi for taking photographs outside it that were deemed inappropriate. The singer is currently on tour in the Middle East and posted photographs of herself outside the mosque to her Instagram account.
In the images she is seen posing elegantly and wearing a black jumpsuit that covers her from head to toe but a statement released by the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque reads, “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.”
It concluded, “[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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