Rihanna apologises to the Muslim community for playing sacred song
Rihanna at Savage X Fenty Show Vol 2
Rihanna has issued a public apology after Muslim fans called her out over the playing of a song containing sacred Muslim texts during her recent Savage x Fenty show.
In a statement issued today (October 6) on her Instagram, the Fenty mogul quickly acknowledged the mistake and apologised to the members of the Muslim community.
“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,” Rihanna said.
Photo caption: The apology was published in her Instagram story and visible to her 87.6 million followers on the platform.
The controversy had stirred after Muslim fans took notice of the use of a song that included sacred Islamic verses during her second star-studded Savage x Fenty Vol 2 lingerie fashion show which premiered on Amazon Prime Video on October 2.
The song in question is entitled "Doom" and is by London-based producer Coucou Chloe, and includes a remix of a hadith narration about the end of times and judgment day.
The song's producer has since issued an apology on Twitter.
I want to deeply apologize for the offence caused by the vocal samples used in my song ‘DOOM'. The song was created using samples from Baile Funk tracks I found online. At the time, I was not aware that these samples used text from an Islamic Hadith. 1/2— COUCOU CHLOE (@coucou_chloe) October 5, 2020
The hadith within Islam faith is of high merit as it is a written record of the sayings and actions of the Prophet Mohammed and his closest companions.
The text is considered sacred to Muslims and comes second only to the Quran in terms of textual authority.
The criticism comes after the Savage X Fenty Volume 2 Show had received much praise for its inclusivity as well as the diversity.
Rihanna's brand Fenty Beauty had previously featured a hijab-wearing model Halima Aden in its debut campaign in 2017, which was lauded for its wide range of 40 shades to match every skin tone.
Her Savage X Fenty runway shows have been specifically praised for its diversity when it comes to race, body types, and gender identity.