• Rihanna has apologised for using Islamic scripture in her Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2. (Getty Images North America)Source: Getty Images North America
“I’d like to thank the Muslim community for pointing out a huge oversight that was unintentionally offensive in our savage x fenty show,” Rihanna wrote.
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SBS staff writers

7 Oct 2020 - 2:12 PM  UPDATED 7 Oct 2020 - 2:12 PM

Rihanna has faced criticism from members of the Muslim community after using Islamic scripture in her Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2 fashion show, which is currently streaming internationally.

The singer, designer and entrepreneur issued an apology on social media, admitting to a "huge oversight" in incorporating a recitation from Islam’s sacred hadith into one of the tracks used for the lingerie fashion show.

“I’d like to thank the Muslim community for pointing out a huge oversight that was unintentionally offensive in our savage x fenty show,” Rihanna wrote in her Instagram Stories.

“I would more importantly like to apologise to you for this honest, yet careless mistake.”

While the star's Savage X Fenty shows have been celebrated for their diversity in casting and celebration of different body shapes, Muslim fans were quick to speak out about the appropriation of their faith in the latest installment of Rihanna's fashion event.

"I can’t let Rihanna have a pass w appropriating Islam like for her first show the models wore a scarf around their heads and it looked like HIJAB and her second show she used a track that remixed a HADITH....why is no one talking about this, my religion is not y’all’s aesthetic," one Twitter user wrote.

Another added: "HADIDTH ARE NOT A JOKE OR MUSIC MATERIAL. RESPECT ISLAM AND MUSLIMS!!"

Rihanna's apology was also shared on the official socials for Fenty.

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