Photo Fallout: Rihanna's Impromptu Shoot Gets Her Ousted From Mosque
Posted Tuesday October 22, 2013 9:53 AM GMT
Making the most of her sightseeing opportunities, Rihanna conducted a mini photoshoot outside the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre in Abu Dhabi on Sunday (October 20).
The “We Found Love” singer teamed with photographers Steven Gomillion and Dennis Leupold and put on a traditional hijab for a series of shots that ended up on her Instagram account.
However, Rihanna’s antics seemed to upset the leadership of the mosque, as they released a statement referring to the unauthorized actions of “a singer.”
It reads, “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.”
“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.”
“She left without entering the mosque, after being asked to do so, due to the fact that she had taken some pictures that do not conform with the conditions and regulations put in place by the Centre’s management to regulate visits in a way that takes the status and sanctity of the mosque into consideration.”
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