|Popstar Rihanna was asked to leave an Abu Dhabi mosque because she didn’t have permission for a photoshoot, The singer wore crimson lips and dark red fingernails, and added a statement gold necklace as she posed with a hoodie covering her head.|
The 25-year-old was seen dressed from head-to-toe in a hooded black jumpsuit as she posed outside the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque on Saturday.
She is known for wearing skin-revealing outfits so the photoshoot was deemed conservative for the Bajan singer, although she made sure she had bright red lipstick and large gold accessories.
But today it emerged that the Rhianna and her team was not given permission to take photos at the mosque, the main place of worship for Friday gathering and Eid prayers.
The mosque, which is the largest in the UAE and can hold more than 40,000 people, released a statement, and although it does not name Rhianna, it refers to a 'recent incident, involving a singer.'
In a statement the mosque said: '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.
'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,' it said reported The National.
It said the singer '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.'
Her followers on Twitter had a mixed opinion of the photos which were posted on Instagram.
'Rihanna may look gorgeous and all but she’s covering her head out of fashion not out of respect for the mosque,' wrote one user.