Rihanna has been called out for using an Islamic hadith in her Savage x Fenty fashion show.
The singer’s annual lingerie show was released on Amazon Prime on Friday and featured a stellar lineup of models, including Bella Hadid and Irina Shayk. The singer Lizzo also starred in the show.
However, while Rihanna has been praised for casting a range of body types and ethnicities, she has come under fire for using a track that contains sacred Islamic phrases in the show.
Hadiths are sacred texts revered in Islam as they represent the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad.
All Muslims, be they Sunni or Shia, respect the importance of the holy Hadiths as they are said to be needed to understand the text of the Qurʾān.
Why Islam explain that: ‘Hadīth serve as a source of guidance for Muslims in their daily lives. They use hadīth to learn more about the Prophet peace be upon him and try to emulate his actions and character.’
Rihanna and the team behind the Savage X Fenty show have been criticised because a song used in the show featured sped up vocal samples of a Hadith verse that had then been layered and mixed with dance music.
The track featured in the Savage x Fenty soundtrack is called “Doom” by London-based producer Coucou Chloe.
During the BBC Asian Network’s Big Debate this morning with Qasa Alom, a listener phoned in to explain how she felt the use of the music in the show was disrespectful: ‘I think looking at the way things are in the world at the moment there is so much ease to use or joke or disrespect people’s beliefs,’ she said.
‘We can’t become people now who feel like religion is not something we have to respect.’ Another listener agreed saying: ‘I don’t think Rihanna or the team understand what they got themselves into. I don’t think they checked to see what they were using. Maybe the song just sounded good to them but it’s not sounding good to others who have faith and believe in these words…they made a fundamental mistake.’
Neither Rihanna or her company have commented on the backlash at the time of writing.
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