Rihanna Asked To Leave Abu Dhabi Mosque Following Unauthorized Photoshoot
Rihanna again involved in controversy overseas following a visit to Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
According to the Daily Mail, pop star Rihanna was asked to leave Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque as she took part in an unauthorized photoshoot. Clad in a black jumpsuit and accompanying head scarf, Rihanna can be seen posing in front of the mosque in several pictures posted on her Instagram profile.
“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,” read a statement from those representing the mosque, according to the Daily Mail.
The statement, which never refers to Rihanna by name and instead uses the word “singer,” states that the individual, “…came for a private visit to the mosque, at a gate that is not reserved for visitors, without prior coordination.”
Rihanna’s incident in Abu Dhabi over the weekend serves as one of a handful of ill occurrences that have seemingly followed the singer during her overseas travel.
A bar owner in Phuket, Thailand was arrested when Rihanna posted several Tweets after allegedly witnessing a live sex show while at the Phuket bar. The venue’s owner could possibly face up to one month in prison and a fine of up to 60,000 baht ($1,900).
Additionally, a pair of animal keepers in Thailand was also arrested after the Bajan singer posted a picture of herself with a slow loris, an animal that is a protected species.
Rihanna’s stops in Thailand and the United Arab Emirates are both part of the songstress’ Diamonds World Tour. The tour will make stops in Israel, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Barbados, before returning to the United States on November 9.