Rihanna receives backlash after use of Muslim prayer


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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 02: In this image released on October 2, 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)

For over 16 years Rihanna’s been a beloved artist everyone has respected and loved. She’s been held to many high standards, some might even go as far as to say she is the “best in the music game.” However, recently many of her fans have been questioning her self morals and beliefs.

In her Savage X Fenty Fashion Show on Amazon Prime in the L.A Convention Center, models dressed in lingerie danced to a song called “Doom” by Coucou Chloe. The song includes a hadith about the judgment day and the end of the world.

Last night the artist who wrote the song tweeted “I want to deeply apologize for the offense 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.”

The public did not respond in the way she had hoped, instead, they replied saying that she must have known and she made the song intending to disrespect Islam.

She continues to say in her next tweet “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.” Many fans have been tweeting online encouraging Coucou Chloe to contact Rihanna’s team and remove it from the show.

She apologized to her Instagram story calling it a “careless mistake” and thanking her fans for their forgiveness and being understandable. However, most people are not being as kind as she’d like.

A fan commented on her recent Instagram post saying “I’m really upset, Rihanna. I’ve always loved and looked up to you and appreciate your sense of diversity in all your branding. Now I see you put an Islamic hadith or prayer in your music for a lingerie show? That’s beyond disrespectful and disappointing. I’m so sad.”

A hadith by definition is a “collection of traditions containing sayings of the prophet Muhammad which, with accounts of his daily practice (the Sunna), constitute the major source of guidance for Muslims apart from the Koran.”

The students at Annandale have shown mixed signals but very strong opinions on both sides of the situation. Annandale’s students, especially the Muslim community, have taken a strong offense to Rihannas’ actions.

“I think it was extremely disrespectful whether she knew or didn’t know we should hold celebrities accountable for these types of things because it was very offensive,” said sophomore Sophia Turay.

“Honestly I think it was weird of her to do since she isn’t Muslim and I can see why she’s getting backlash because they’re walking around in lingerie and that’s not what we should correlate Islam to because Islam is about modesty,” said senior Fatin Abadi.

“I feel like we’ve been making too many excuses for Rihanna. She already posed provocatively at a mosque once before and we as her fans just ignored it and yeah no #cancelherbutnotherart,” said senior Bety Kahsay.

“I think it was very disrespectful towards the Muslim community. Hadith is supposed to be used to get guidance to do right from God. Not only was it disrespectful to put it in a song in general, but Islam also is a religion where Muslim women take pride in dressing modestly, so using the Hadith for a lingerie show was very disgusting,” said senior Melek Mohammed.

I assume a celebrity’s biggest fear would be to become “canceled”. Because of the cancel culture created by generation Z, many famous artists, tik tokers, and social media influencers have lost a large portion of their fan base and the word has been thrown around a couple of times when it comes to this situation. Many of her fans claim that she is currently on the verge of being canceled which would create a big dent in her career.