Rihanna has apologised to the Muslim community after a hadith was featured during part of her Savage X Fenty lingerie fashion show.
Volume Two of her annual show dropped on Amazon Prime last week and it quickly drew criticism for the use of sacred Islamic text featured within a song.
After the backlash went viral, Rihanna addressed the issue directly in a statement on Instagram.
She said: ‘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-turned-mogul continued: ‘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, Rih.’
The song, by London producer 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.
During the BBC Asian Network’s Big Debate this morning with Qasa Alom, a listener phoned in to 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.’
‘We can’t become people now who feel like religion is not something we have to respect.’
Another listener agreed saying: ‘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.’
Hadiths are sacred texts revered in Islam as they represent the 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.
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