Rihanna Asked to Leave Mosque Over Inappropriate Photos

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Rihanna is no stranger to controversy. During her trip to Abu Dhabi, the pop star was asked to leave a mosque after she posed for photos inappropriately on its grounds.

While in town for her “Diamonds World Tour,” the “Stay” singer visited the courtyard of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center and conducted a photo shoot. The landmark mosque did not approve of the images, which were later posted on her Instagram account.

“She was asked to leave before entering the actual mosque, (she was in the courtyard taking pictures) after taking some photos that did not fit within the rules and regulations set out to preserve the sacredness of the center,” the mosque said in a statement.

Although she was completely covered up, with only her face, hands, and fingernails visible, Rihanna was in a part of the mosque that is not open to visitors and the photo shoot was not in accordance with the “status and sanctity of the mosque.”

One commenter on Instagram blasted her visit, writing, “Leave our holy place and keep your filth away from it. We don’t need you.”

On Tuesday, Rihanna is scheduled to perform at the Yehoshua Gardens Park in Tel Aviv, Israel.

See the photos that sparked the controversy below.



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43 Comments

  1. Truth is

    Oh please. Now if she would have went there uncovered she would get ridiculed. The poor girl is damned if she do, damned if she don’t.

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    ew Reply:

    @Truth is, she was asked to leave for the pictures, not what she was wearing. but youre right people complain no matter what you do

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    chris_shorts Reply:

    @ew, what was wrong with the pictures i mean she did respect the culture so what waS wrong with her taking a pic in front of the mosque

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    what Reply:

    @Truth is, different countries = different rules

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    The Crowd Updater Reply:

    @Truth is, All they did was ask her to leave. Jeez. Just because you don’t find what she did disrespectful doesn’t mean there aren’t people do. It’s a mosque, not a photo shoot set…

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    karamelkisses Reply:

    @Truth is, reading is fundamental … the issue is NOT her attire but the location. the pics are beautiful however rihanna, everywhere you go is NOT meant to serve as a backdrop for one of your impromptu instagram photo shoots. You are at a mosque, a place of worship … show some respect. You do realize that other parts of the world aren’t as lackadasical about religion as America.

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    Chloé Magnolia Reply:

    I’m sure a lot of tourists take pictures as well, only they’re not (in)famous. There was nothing inappropriate or disrespectful about these pictures.

    She could’ve spent her time catching up on some sleep, but she decided to soak up some culture. I think that’s a positive rather than a negative.

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    joe Reply:

    @Chloé Magnolia, Those aren’t tourist pictures LOL.

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    donna Reply:

    @Truth is, they dont want pure evil badgal in their holy place and i dont blame them. who was fool enough to send her there? JayZ? she’s going to get his azz for setting her up.

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  2. Nay

    LMAOO this bitch ain’t shit

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  3. ♪►Muzzac◄♪

    Rihanna is a bad bitch she don’t give a fuck about them rules lol.

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    UMM Reply:

    @♪►Muzzac◄♪,

    Neither did the Muslims who flew planes into the World Trade Center.
    She should respect these people and their rules. Same as a anyone would expect in their house of worship.

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    Brian Reply:

    @UMM, It was an inside job. And you don’t even know the difference between muslims and al-Qaida…. so many stupid people who still believe that fake sh*t.

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    UMM Reply:

    @Brian,
    LMAO its sad people like you think that someone cant be evil enough to destroy the towers out of rage because of relgion fanatism.
    Please.. “inside job”? Stop watching so many conspiracy theories videos on Youtube.. you have all this circumstantial coincidences and theories but no concrete real proof.
    Al-Qaida are MUSLIMS you dumb fuck.. they are extremist muslims but muslims none the less. Not all Muslims are the same… but the ones that flew the planes into the world trade center “didn’t give a fuck bout them rules”.
    Your a true idiot who believes anything they see on youtube.

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  4. Ricky

    They were right to turn her away. It is sacred ground where people come to pray not flaunt and strike poses for the camera. It’s not about how covered up she is but her presences is inviting lustful desires into a place of worship.

    Either way this girl has gotten way too loose with her sexuality since Good Girl Gone Bad.

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  5. jimscreechie

    tek di ppl dem ting fi poppyshow ting?

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  6. Peter

    Rihanna, girl, you knew better.

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    KT Reply:

    @Peter, actually, she doesn’t know better. The girl has very little decency.

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  7. Keepin'It100

    Something isn’t right about this story! I’m a fan of Rihanna but i agree with them. Their country, their rules! However, where the photos were taken was sacred grounds right, how is it that Rihanna and her camera crew got in there in the first place. Aren’t there security to check ppl incase of terrorist or threats? How sacred is it if there’s no security at the entrance like the White House! I mean she took how many photos before being asked to leave?!

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    someone181 Reply:

    @Keepin’It100, this aint ‘murica u know, these people have trust, i mean whats the point in having a security guard, ur in the house of god so he will protect you

    i aint even muslim/islamic man!

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  8. Deejay

    So I know this ground is Holy and all…but this lighting bitch????
    Shit I would have had an IG photo shoot too and just prayed about it later.

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  9. DRB

    When I saw those pics, some of which are very nice, I said if was inappropriate to be doing that at a mosque. Especially the b stole my look caption

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  10. digiterati

    they were right. no need to act like a poser. their country their rules.

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  11. Jay

    @Deejay, lmaooooo

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  12. @Princejawsh

    Ok usually Rihanna is acting outrageous sometimes but I have clue what’s wrong with these pictures, she’s finally covering herself up and wearing a head covering to show respect to their culture?! I swear people gone hate whether you doing bad or good smh.

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    Wow Reply:

    @@Princejawsh, Dang. Do you know how to read or do you just chose NOT to? NOTHING is wrong with her clothing. According to the article visitors aren’t allowed to take photos in that spot. Just like if you went to the Coca-Cola factory. There are certain areas they don’t allow you to take pictures.

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  13. Phil

    I’m confused as to how these are inappropriate…?

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    Che Reply:

    @Phil, using a house of worship as your impromptu background for Instagram pics is kinda disrespectful…

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    Demmi Reply:

    @Che, Actually the Mosque is one the countries biggest trourist attractions people take snap shots all the time its not the picture taking that was the problem it was the poses were too sexy for Muslim sensibilities.

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    what Reply:

    @Phil, The poses she was making may not be much in our country, but they’re inappropriate in their culture

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  14. Demmi

    Its not that important..Rihanna have been thrown out of funnier places.:

    1. Corn field in Ireland.
    2. Eiffel Tower in Paris
    3. Mosque in Abu Dhabi
    4. Strip joint in Holland?

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  15. Nunofyobusiness

    i don’t believe that she was kicked out. i think this was a fabricated cover up to appease those who were mad that it was Rihanna at their Mosque. oh well…the fans their will miss out in Rihanna’s next tour.

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  16. yers

    I agree with @nunofyofunnybusiness bc people shoot mocies in front of that place all the time sooooo why is a big deal for someone to take pics of it…….is this the first person to use it as a backdrop

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  17. Chloé Magnolia

    Are they for real? It’d be to their credit if they would be appreciative of her making an effort to learn about their culture.

    She covered herself up, she did her part. Let the woman live.

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  18. Zara

    I’m sure tourists snap photo’s there everyday but it’s a big deal when Rihanna does it. The backdrop is beautiful and I would’ve done the same thing, with no harm intended. Religion……

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  19. Ciara stan

    Who?

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  20. JD

    If there’s anyone you wanna keep out of a holy place it’s Rhianna.

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  21. Abamson

    its quite unothodox to take sexy pics like this in a holy ground. muslems are not as kind as christians.its a mosque and no pour it up centre.

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  22. Andy

    some of y’all are extremely ignorant, uneducated and illiterate. She was ASKED TO LEAVE, they didn’t put a gun in her face and tell her to GTFO. And this is a sacred place. People take pics discretely without big poses unlike Rihanna. Y’all have to stop blaming the Islams and Rihanna. They are taking care of their sacred place, imagine the chaos that would be if they let anybody take pictures however they want. And RiRi is just having fun, she dresses properly but she didn’t know all the rules.

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  23. polo b

    Its the same a wedding pic at the church

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  24. shawn

    ISLAM IS NOT A JOKE, dont come to a sacred respected place and take “sexy” pictures… respect yourself! *discussion closed*

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  25. Me

    I usually think Rihanna tries to shock people, and it’s not always tasteful HOWEVER these pictures are more than fine, and these people telling her to go are just narrow minded ignorant intolerant and hateful people. Seriously we should just not go there, leave them alone.

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  26. joe

    You guys are idiots, especially the idiot above me. Just because America has an overly sexualized culture, it doesn’t mean the rest of the world does. Those poses aren’t appropriate in those places. You can’t treat every place like it’s just another good addition to your instagram. Have some respect smfh.

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