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Rihanna asked to leave Abu Dhabi mosque after unauthorised photo shoot

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Rihanna is at the centre of a cultural controversy after she was asked to leave a famous Abu Dhabi mosque. She had been posing for an unauthorised photo shoot, and despite sporting a glam headscarf, the shoot was in unquestionably poor taste. She tweeted Instagram pictures of herself in a jumpsuit and said headscarf, but there was no question that there was a provocative subtext. Perhaps she is seeing Miley Cyrus and raising her some cultural insensitivity with being fully clothed as the ultimate meow.

The mosque is a major tourist attraction that draws three million visitors a year. It also welcomes non Muslims, which is not always a given in the Islamic world.

A statement from the Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque, published today in local Abu Dhabi newspapers, referred only to a ‘singer’, perhaps in an attempt to deny her the oxygen of publicity she clearly craves

It 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."

"She was confronted by the mosque officials and directed to the appropriate entrance to the mosque, to carry out a visit under the normal conditions."

She was asked to leave after starting to pose for the camera.

Neither Rihanna nor any of her representatives have thus far commented publicly. She is in the UAE as part of her Diamonds world tour and had performed live in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

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