Sunday 25 October, 2020

Barbados Muslim Association president accepts Rihanna's apology

Rihanna at the CLF Diamond Ball 2019. (FILE)

Rihanna at the CLF Diamond Ball 2019. (FILE)

The Barbados Muslim Association said it accepts Rihanna's apology and forgives her for the inappropriate use of the religion's holy text during a recent lingerie show.

The Grammy-Award-winning Bajan singer, Robyn 'Rihanna' Fenty, issued a hasty public apology to her 87.6 million fans on Instagram after being called out by Muslims worldwide for using a track that contained words from the Hadith during her latest Fenty X Savage lingerie show.

The Hadith contains a series of sayings or tradition of Islam's founder and prophet, Muhammad.

Despite her apology, some Muslims have said that the action was unforgivable in their eyes. Some even said that had Rihanna used text from the Gospel in the Bible, people would better understand their outrage and not try to sweep it aside as Muslims being overly sensitive.

It was highlighted that a Muslim was used by Rihanna's brand, Fenty Beauty and that she should try to be more knowledgeable if she's truly about inclusivity.

Speaking to Loop News in the wake of the controversy, President of the Barbados Muslim Association Dr Abdul Mohammed said, "Religious text is considered sacred and its inappropriate use or abuse is desecration."

He added:

"In Islam the condition for forgiveness are:
1)Expressing remorse and regret over an action
2)Resolving not to repeat the mistake again."

Therefore, he insisted, "If Rihanna acknowledged that it was an error and apologised, especially stating that it was an inadvertent error, then I think the issue ends there." 

He said that this can be seen as a teachable moment. "I encourage others to read and learn about the simplicity of Islam and ease with which God forgives."

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