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Rihanna Asked to Leave Abu Dhabi Mosque After Photo Shoot

Rihanna Asked to Leave Abu Dhabi Mosque After Photo Shoot

Rihanna was asked to leave the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi over the weekend after posing for photographs “considered to be at odds with the sanctity of the site,” according to THR.

The 25-year-old singer was in town for a stop on her Diamonds World Tour on Saturday (October 19) and she posted a series of photos on her Instagram posing on white marble in her full black outfit.

“The Centre strives to ensure that visitors enter the mosque in a decent fashion, and refrain from behaving in any way that is inconsistent with the sanctity of this religious place,” a statement from the mosque read. “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.”

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61 Responses to “Rihanna Asked to Leave Abu Dhabi Mosque After Photo Shoot”

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  1. 1
    What Says:

    Thats just stupid from this people. I was in istanbul (turkey) and there were so many tourists making pics next to the mosque and in the mosque, nobody was told to go away. So many tourists went to mosques out of couriosity and nobody felt offended for making pics in it or next to it. Thats is just exaggerating big time.

  2. 2
    Fia Says:

    Trash, she is nothing but trash.

  3. 3
    KM Says:

    @What: I think the way she posed was the thing that alerted them.

  4. 4
    Nina Says:

    Lol, what an ignorant uncultured trash

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  6. 6
    What Says:

    @KM: LOL are you kidding me, you think this families with them kids would act accordingly? A bunch of western tourists are curious, that doesnt mean they all would behave proper. When I see this pics I dont see inappropriated behaviour. So I still dont get it.

  7. 7
    v Says:


  8. 8
    omg Says:

    I dont understand it either? I was in Rom at the Vatican state and nobody acted like them Centre people. There were school classes almost picnicking. Some school class even were sitting at the floor or at steps because they were tired/bored. This constantly oversensitivity that this people have is just to much. Everybody makes pics at churches/mosques, if you feel offended by it then dont allow visitors, if visitors are only allowed to go to special places then close the rest.

  9. 9
    Cate Says:

    I agree with the first commentator. They are making a needless fuss. She is dressed appropriately and lots of people take photos in front of the mosque and even inside. She is not inside posing and none of her poses are particularly provocative.

  10. 10
    KM Says:

    @What: Or maybe she really did go to “a gate that is not reserved for visitors.” Blah, it’s a curse of being famous, I guess. Everything you do will be noticed. It’s probably the first time someone actually went and posed like that and even laid flat on the ground in their mosque’s ground. Normal people probably just stood there and took a photo or two and moved on…

  11. 11
    Frank Says:

    Oh please this is Dubai, there they sentenced a Norwegian woman who got rapped 16 months for “extramarital sex”. The rapist got 13 months. Thanks god Norway could bring her out of this state back home. This is what they call it when you get rapped there “extramarital sex”. I guess this people are just pissed, because a woman had the nerve to make pics of herself, without asking a man for permission.

  12. 12
    What Says:

    @KM: Sorry but you and I can both see from the pics, that its an open area. So if there are restricted areas but you cant identify them because there are no borders, then chances are high, you walk there too, just out of curiosity. I say it again OVERSENSITIVE without a valid reason. Like I said it before in Istanbul nobody had a problem, and some people/tourists were less respectful than the pics I see here.

  13. 13
    visitor Says:

    good on them, she should’ve been recognized right away though and denied entry.

  14. 14
    What Says:

    @omg:”oversensitivity” I’m totally with you.

  15. 15
    KM Says:

    @What: The bottom line of this issue is: she’s famous that why this was sensationalized. Somewhere out there, there must be someone else who’s been asked to vacate that area, I bet, but what can we do? They are being oversensitive about it… But it’s their mosque.

  16. 16
    living in a box Says:

    yeah, could agree more, this is over sensitive,i been to mosque,churches, temples, candi borobudur, and the great pyramid of giza, this what tourist do, taking pictures. and doing some posing.maybe she should do what tom cruise did taking picture top of Burj Khalifa.

  17. 17
    newbie Says:

    Good. She was being rude and all about herself as usual.

  18. 18
    visitor Says:

    filthy wh*re

  19. 19
    anonymous Says:

    You don’t see celebrities doing photo shoots at churches now do you?

  20. 20
    foto shoots only 4 tourists? Says:

    @Frank: EXACTLY.

  21. 21
    What Says:

    @living in a box: Thats definitely it. I was in Indonesia at Temples too, some young backpackers made the weirdest foto shoots there, somehow acrobatic (I guess), but nobody felt offended. They try it because she is a big star and a WOMAN.

  22. 22
    allison Says:

    She wasn’t being a tourist. She was being self centered. Making this place about her. Rather than respecting or taking comfort from the place. What tourist (but maybe a 2 year old) lays down on the floor?
    I would hope if she did this at the Vatican they would also throw her out too.

  23. 23
    Ale Says:

    Reading the majority of the comments,this is what’s wrong with world right now, not because you do it everytime, and its not illegal in Turkey or in other parts of the world, then its already considered RIGHT…Countries have different beliefs and traditions, especially when it comes to their faith or anything symbolizing it…You are in a foreign country, learn to respect their beliefs and traditions even how absurd it is…You don’t have to adopt it or even understand it, but DEFINITELY you HAVE to RESPECT it no matter how strict or even weird it is….Don’t equate WESTERN practices/beliefs to be superior that everyone has to embrace it…Some cultures take their religion seriously, sometimes to the extreme, you may never be in favor of it but learn to RESPECT it and restraint yourself from criticizing or passing judgement…Same with people’s differences, you may never like a person’s dress, or work, or sexuality, but you don’t have to degrade that person or pass judgement, learn to RESPECT that person for the sake of being a human being…

  24. 24
    Amy Says:

    @allison: Hahaha you’re joking right? I guess you never saw students visitng places and they are all older than two years old, but sometimes as loud as two year olds. I can clearly see that it doesen matter for you, you are like the people of the Center, any excuse is good enough for you to bash somebody. And since when are tourists not self centered, most of them complain when they dont get the same food they eat usually at home.

  25. 25
    KM Says:

    @Ale: YES. Everyone should respect the place and their rules because it’s their mosque. It’s not ours. As I said before, a lot of people have probably already been asked to leave that place if they’re doing something out of the set of rules of the mosque, this is just sensationalized because it’s a celebrity that was the one who was asked to leave.

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