On Tuesday, Rihanna apologized for using Islamic verses at the lingerie fashion show of her brand Savage X Fenty. The singer faced a lot of criticism last week and said in her Instagram story that she was “grateful that she was drawn to her inattention by the Muslim community”.
During the event, which was streamed on Amazon Live Friday , lingerie models danced to Doom , a song by British music producer Coucou Chloe. The song includes an excerpt from a Hadith – Islamic tradition about the Prophet Muhammad – about the day of judgment.
“I want to thank the Muslim community for pointing out a huge mistake that was inadvertently offensive on our Savage X Fenty show,” writes the 32-year-old singer. “More importantly, I would like to apologize for this honest but careless mistake.”
She continues, “We understand that we have hurt many of our Muslim brothers and sisters, and I am incredibly sad about this!” She calls the choice of the song “irresponsible” and promises to “ensure that nothing like this ever happens again”.
Producer Coucou Chloe has also apologized for the song: “I want to apologize for the insult caused by the vocal samples used in my song Doom ,” she said on Twitter on Monday . “The song was made with samples of Baile Funk tracks that I found online. At the time, I was unaware that these examples used text from an Islamic Hadith.”
The Hadith is seen as ‘the backbone of Islamic civilization’ and within that religion the authority of the Hadith comes second to that of the Quran.
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. 1/2— COUCOU CHLOE (@coucou_chloe) October 5, 2020