Rihanna argued that she does not “play with any kind of disrespect toward God or any religion.”
Rabat – Popular singer Rihanna apologized to the Muslim community after using a musical remix that included an Islamic hadith during her recent SAVAGE x Fenty lingerie fashion show.
In an Instagram story, Rihanna said she and producer Coucou Chloe made an “honest but careless” mistake by putting together the “offensive” remix.
A hadith is a sacred account of the prophet Muhammad’s deeds and speeches.
The singer also thanked the Muslim community across the world for pointing out what she described as a “huge oversight that was unintentionally offensive.”
“I would more importantly like to apologize 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!” she said.
She argued that she does not “play with any kind of disrespect toward God or any religion.”
The singer also said Coucou Chloe’s use of the song, “Doom,” was “completely irresponsible!”
Thanking her Muslim fans for their forgiveness and understanding, Rihanna vowed that nothing like this will happen again.
The singer and Coucou Chloe received a backlash for using the song during a show featuring models dancing with lingerie.
The hadith used in the song deals with Judgment Day or the end of the world in Islamic theology.
Internet users around the world took to social media to condemn the song, criticizing Rihanna and Coucou Chloe.
“I can’t let Rihanna have a pass… appropriating Islam like for her first show the models wore a scarf around their heads and it looked like HIJAB and her second show she used a track that remixed a HADITH…. Why is no one talking about this, my religion is not y’all’s aesthetic,” a Twitter user wrote.
Coucou Chloe also apologized to Muslims.
“I did not research these words properly and want to thank those of you who have taken the time to explain this to me,” the producer wrote on social networks.
Chloe said she used samples from Baile Funk tracks she found online to create the song “Doom.”
“I was not aware that these samples used text from an Islamic Hadith.”
Internet users, however, pointed out that Coucou Chloe released the track in 2017 and should have already realized her mistake. They also noted that she titled the song “Doom,” despite claiming to not know that the hadith she used refers to the end of the world.