Rihanna has finally tendered an apology to the Muslim community after receiving a heavy backlash following a song she featured during her Savage X Fenty lingerie fashion show.
Volume Two of her yearly show had dropped last week, and it immediately got the attention and drew serious criticism for the use of a particular hadith in a song, which happens to be a sacred text according to Islam.
Hadiths, are sacred texts highly revered in Islam as they are said to be the direct sayings of the Prophet Muhammad. All Muslims, be they Sunni or Shia, respect the importance of the holy Hadiths as they are said to be needed to understand the text of the Qurʾān.
After the backlash went viral however, Rihanna has addressed the issue directly on Tuesday and shared a statement on Instagram. The statement read: ‘I’d like to thank the Muslim community for pointing out a huge oversight that was unintentionally offensive in our savage x fenty show. ‘I would more importantly like to apologize to you for this honest, yet careless mistake. We understand that we have hurt many of our Muslim brothers and sisters, and i’m incredibly disheartened by this.’
The singer cum serial entrepreneur went on: ‘I do not play with any kind of disrespect toward God or any religion and therefore the use of the song in our project was completely irresponsible.
Moving forward we will make sure nothing like this ever happens again. Thank you for your forgiveness and understanding, Rihanna.’
The song, which was produced by London based Coucou Chloe, featured sped up vocal samples of a Hadith verse that had then been layered and mixed with dance music. It was played as models performed in Savage X Fenty lingerie and walked down the runway.
Many reactions had trailed the ‘mistake’. For instance, a certain Qasa Alom, explain how she felt the use of the music in the show was disrespectful: ‘I think looking at the way things are in the world at the moment there is so much ease to use or joke or disrespect people’s beliefs.’
Another one said;
I don’t think Rihanna or the team understand what they got themselves into. I don’t think they checked to see what they were using. Maybe the song just sounded good to them but it’s not sounding good to others who have faith and believe in these words…they made a fundamental mistake.’
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