Recently, Rihanna was under fire for offending the Muslim community. The controversy was due to one song used in her new 2020 Savage X Fenty fashion show. The song ‘Doom’ by Coucou Chloe included a hadith and using it that way is highly offensive and disrespectful to Islam and its followers. Rihanna didn’t waste any time in apologizing for the incident.
Rihanna apologizes for offending the Muslim community
Hadith are sacred Islamic sayings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) in Islam. They’re very close to Muslims’ hearts and using any Islamic saying or verse in music is not allowed in the religion. So, people remixing it and using it in the background for a fashion show was disrespectful to Islam.
The Umbrella singer and founder of the Fenty empire apologized to her fans. Before that, she thanked the Muslim community for showing her mistake. She called using the song ‘huge oversight’ and ‘unintentionally offensive’.
Rihanna further shared that she does not want to disrespect any religion or God. Hence, they will not utilize this song in any of their future shows. And they would be more careful in the future:
Moving forward we will make sure nothing like this ever happens again. Thank you for your forgiveness and understanding. Rih.
How Muslims are responding to the apology
The response from the Muslim community has been a mixed one. Some are accepting the apology:
While some Muslims are just pointing out only Muslims have the right to accept the apology:
A Muslim blogger Hodhen Liaden responded to Rihanna’s apology as well. She called it ‘refreshing’ but emphasized that there’s a need for more Muslims in the fashion industry so that incidents like these don’t occur again.
“Islam is not an aesthetic, religion is not an aesthetic. Do you actually celebrate people like me or does it just look good for you?”
Hodhen even shares that she will not be using Fenty’s products anymore despite the apology.
“I don’t think I’ll be buying products or even promoting it on my Instagram. I literally have a box of Fenty products I’ve been sent to create content with and I don’t know how I feel about that.”
Some fans are pointing out that Rihanna previously disrespected Islam when she was taking inappropriate pictures in a Mosque in Abu Dhabi. A mosque is a sacred place of worship, just like the Church. She was asked to leave after she was posing for the pictures.
But since her Fenty empire is applauded for diversity, Rihanna may actually be more careful in the future. After all, Fenty Beauty used a Hijabi model to promote its products.