Rihanna Apologizes After Using Sacred Islamic Verses in Savage x Fenty Show

Rihanna has issued an apology for using a song featuring sacred Islamic verses from a Hadith during the second volume of her Savage x Fenty fashion show.

During one part of the spectacle, which launched on Amazon Prime last Friday, models clad in lingerie danced to artist Coucou Chloe’s 2017 song “Doom,” which samples a remix of a Hadith, a sacred text in Islam believed to be a record of the sayings and actions of the prophet Muhammad. TIME reported that this specific sample has been attributed to Kuwaiti preacher Mishary bin Rashid Alafasy.

“I’d like to thank the Muslim community for pointing out a huge oversight that was unintentionally offensive in our savage x fenty show,” Rihanna wrote on her Instagram Story. “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! 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! Moving forward we will make sure nothing like this ever happens again. Thank you for your forgiveness and understanding, Rih.”

Chloe also apologized on Twitter.

“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,” she wrote. “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.”

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