Rihanna may be a pop icon around the world, but she still has to abide by certain customs. The 25-year-old was asked to leave a mosque in Abu Dhabi after taking pictures deemed inappropriate for the sacred space.
While on her “Diamonds” tour in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Rihanna had a photo shoot outside the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. While adhering to the rules of the country by covering herself in a black jumpsuit and hijab, she made sure to still ooze sex appeal, with her signature red lipstick and red nails. She also accessorized her outfit with a statement necklace.
Though dressed appropriately, the staff did not want her to take pictures in front of the historical and holy Islamic architecture, and asked her and her entourage to go, reports the Daily Mail. The mosque center is used as a place of worship, and Rihanna did not have permission to take photos there. A statement was released by the center afterward, and though Rihanna’s name is not included, it is clear they are referring to the pop star, as they reference "a recent incident" involving "a singer."
“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,” 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.”