Hadiths are writings about the Prophet Muhammed, which Muslims believe were spoken by him and later written down by his followers. They are sacred and regarded as second only to the Quran in importance in Islam.⠀
In the song, 'Doom' by Coucou Chloe, which was performed as drag queens modelling Rihanna's lingerie line at the concert, a line that is assumed to be Hadith about the day of judgment is narrated.
Many individuals called her out for disrespecting the Muslim community in a series of tweets;
rihanna has used music where a hadith is being used as lyrics for her fenty LINGERIE show. this is very disrespectful and should be apologised for. if this was a bible verse the world would have erupted. please share pic.twitter.com/wAiyLQuNCT— ⚡️playboi fardi 💥 (@balaayo4) October 5, 2020
i feel like islamaphobia is so normalised to the point where people are calling us dramatic for being mad when our religion gets disrespected? hadith are sacred words of the prophet, they’re used to guide muslims & are second to only the Quran. rihanna should know better.— kirry🍷 (@ZARRYKISSY) October 4, 2020
Rihanna why is your attitude so bad and what is this? you insult the hadith, where is your mind? we Muslims are really angry and disappointed by your attitude. Alquran and hadits are the guidance of Muslims why can you do like this? Damn you! @rihanna pic.twitter.com/nCcYKyYKDH— TEAM KONTRA⛔ (@1485erina) October 5, 2020
okay the fact that rihanna’s show was supposed to be a keystone for “inclusion” while she completely alienated the Muslim community by disrespecting a Hadith recitation is the perfect showcase of how fashion brands & the media have never considered us as a part of their audience— myesha thee stallion (@myeshachou) October 5, 2020
So disturbing how rihanna and her team used a muslim hijabi girl in their fenty makeup line but cant even take the time to actually educate themselves on her religion! a line thats supposed to ”represent”diversity no less pic.twitter.com/2abXSbulF7— s. (@lisadahab) October 4, 2020
rihanna bitch is cancelled, I don't give two fucks. MY RELIGION IS NOT SOME FCKED UP AESTHETIC FOR YOU TO USE FOR YOUR DAMN SHOWS— liz⁷ 🦋 flop era (@zcarushours) October 4, 2020
yall non-muslims ain't gonna say a shit cuz ISLAMOPHOBIA IS WAY TOO NORMALISED
So the Hadith rihanna used was about the signs of the day of judgement?— kaf🍇 (@Kafiyaaaaa) October 4, 2020
I’m actually disgusted pic.twitter.com/zVLAHb8p7W
rihanna could go live and spend 3 hours apologizing over and over again for this and i still wouldnt accept it . 3 years ago she allowed the same thing knowing what the hadith meant and how important hadiths are in Islam. so no, no apology could make this right— ℠ ☽ PINNED. (@woohwas) October 4, 2020
Rihanna is messed up for using a song with a Hadith in it to play at her LINGERIE show. What is up with artists using Islam as an aesthetic?? Have some respect.— n (@nelirv_) October 4, 2020
y’all don’t realize how disrespectful it was what Rihanna did. she didn’t use music thats in Arabic or anything. she used a hadith, hadith and arabic songs are two different things, and she used the words of our prophet,that are meant to guide muslims, for her lingerie show...— ęᴴ🎃(fan account) (@fIrareoutsold) October 4, 2020
A narration of the Hadith being used in Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty show is a clear example of why cultural/religious competence is important in media. Diversity without respect and boundaries for other beliefs is useless.— ISPEAK (@itsayaaani) October 4, 2020
as a muslim, no words can describe how disappointed i am with Rihanna for letting her models dance to hadith. Hadith are the sacred words of our prophet, you can't just use it for your lingerie show. disgusting and extremely disrespectful— dee⁷ (@kookdice) October 4, 2020
Rihanna has yet to respond to this backlash.
Meanwhile, according to a new interview, Rihanna says she has conducted "loads of writing camps" to create material for a new album.