Rihanna sorry for ‘irresponsible’ use of Islamic Hadith at fashion show



Robyn Rihanna Fenty and Linda Fargo celebrate the launch of FENTY at Bergdorf Goodman at Bergdorf Goodman on February 07, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Bergdorf Goodman)
Robyn Rihanna Fenty and Linda Fargo celebrate the launch of FENTY at Bergdorf Goodman at Bergdorf Goodman on February 07, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Bergdorf Goodman)

Rihanna has delivered an apology after a fashion show for her lingerie brand Savage x Fenty featured a song that included a recording of sacred Islamic text, prompting criticism.

Song “Doom” by producer Coucou Chloe included a remix of a Hadith narration when played during a segment of the show. In the Islamic faith the Hadith is a sacred written record representing the traditions or sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, used as guidance by Muslims.

Sharing her apology to her Instagram stories on Tuesday, the 32-year-old thanked the Muslim community for highlighting the issue.

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Rihanna issued her apology on Instagram. (Instagram/Rihanna)
Rihanna issued her apology on Instagram. (Instagram/Rihanna)

“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 apologise 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! 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!

Rihanna is seen onstage during Rihanna's Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2 presented by Amazon Prime Video at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California; and broadcast on October 2, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2 Presented by Amazon Prime Video)
Rihanna is seen onstage during Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2 presented by Amazon Prime Video at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California; and broadcast on October 2, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2 Presented by Amazon Prime Video)

“Moving forward we will make sure nothing like this ever happens again. Thank you for your forgiveness and understanding, Rih,” she wrote.

The Shut Up and Drive singer’s words comes after Coucou Chloe issued an apology on Monday.

Posting on Twitter, she shared: “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.

“I take full responsibility for the fact I did not research these words properly and want to thank those of you who have taken the time to explain this to me. We have been in the process of having the song urgently removed from all streaming platforms.”

Rihanna, whose real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, received criticism online after the weekend’s show with one Twitter user posting a clip from it, commenting: “There’s really no way we can let this slide like a straight up HADITH???? rihanna baby you screwed up HARD.”

Another said: “Rihanna is messed up for using a song with a Hadith in it to play at her LINGERIE show. What is up with artists using Islam as an aesthetic?? Have some respect.”

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