The singer posed in front of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque during a tour stop in the United Arab Emirates
Rihanna‘s social media feeds aren’t done wreaking international havoc just yet.
While in Abu Dhabi to perform at a concert over the weekend, the singer was asked to leave the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque after posing in front of the religious monument for a series of Instagram photos (above) that staff deemed “inappropriate.”
“In the event of behaviour that violates the moral codes of access to the mosque, or other visit regulations — such as taking inappropriate pictures, posing in ways that are improper in the context of sacred place, talking loudly, or eating– the violators are directed in a polite manner that reflects the civilisational and tolerant attributes of Islam,” the mosque said in a statement. “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.”
The incident comes less than a week after a bar owner in Thailand was arrested on obscenity charges due to a series of September tweets from Rihanna describing a sex show she saw at the venue.
Her photo shoot at the mosque was not nearly as risqué as the illegal sex show, but they were still in violation of the “sanctity of the mosque.”
“She left without entering the mosque, after being asked to do so, due to the fact that she had taken some pictures that do not conform with the conditions and regulations put in place by the Centre’s management to regulate visits in a way that takes the status and sanctity of the mosque into consideration,” the mosque’s statement continues.
“While the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre always welcomes visitors and tourists from all around the world, it also calls on everyone to adhere to the moral codes of access to the mosque and to its visit regulations, which the Centre always makes sure are clear to all its visitors throughout the day.”