Singer Rihanna has ruffled feathers in the Islamic world, or as the New York Daily News put it, "Rihanna brought a little more instability to the Middle East."
Rihanna angered authorities at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi by posing for some photos at the holy site that they considered too racy. The singer posted the shots on Instagram — one of them can be seen below.
Rihanna ended up being kicked out of the mosque.
"Though she covered up — by her standards — in a head-to-toe black form-fitting outfit, complete with a hijab headcovering, the 25-year-old pop star clearly didn’t get the memo on the spirit of Islamic law," the paper reports. "In photos that were posted on her Instagram site, Rihanna could be seen posing in several provocative poses with lips pancaked in ruby red lipstick — a no-no for a society that stresses covering up women’s sexuality."
A representative for the mosque issued a statement to local media outlets saying: "She 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."