A second picture, showing Gomez and
fellow musicians Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Cody Simpson and Shay
Mitchell smiling and striking poses has also been lambasted.
visiting rules strictly ban all ‘intimate behaviour’ including holding
hands and kissing, and states that all skirts must be ankle-length.
Selena Gomez caused fury online after posting this image on her
Instagram account, showing her flashing her ankle while visiting Abu
Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
This image showing Selena alongside Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid,
Cody Simpson and Shay Mitchell also drew fury from Instagram users, who
branded it ‘disrespectful’
Commenting on the picture, Alaa
Almitwally said: ‘Disrecpectful! It’s a religion place not a place to
have fun in, so disappointed.’
Meanwhile another user, Ayisha
Elturk, said: ‘If their intent was to learn about Islam they wouldn’t be
posing like they were standing outside and amusement park.
‘I like Selena Gomez but to have her do something like this makes me no longer a fan.’
not everyone was critical of the pictures, with user Lemouza adding:
‘They’re not disrespectful. Hundreds of thousand of people visit Sheikh
Zayed’s mosque in Abu Dhabi.
‘It’s a place of worship, yes I
know, but God never forbade the entry of other religions into any
mosque. So please respect the fact that they actually want to get to
know Islam and its beauty.’
In 2013 Rihanna was asked to leave the mosque after posing for a
series of pictures, with staff saying it was out of keeping with the
‘sanctity’ of the holy site
The controversial Bermudian performer also posted the images to
her Instagram account after paying a visit to the site in Abu Dhabi
Grand Mosque has caused problems for celebrities in the past, with
controversial star Rihanna thrown out after posing for pictures inside
Staff ejected the Bermudian singer after complaining
she did not have permission to carry out a photoshoot while dressed
head-to-toe in a black jumpsuit.
Justifying their decision,
workers at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque said Rihanna’s actions had not
been in keeping with the ‘sanctity’ of the site.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the most revered Islamic sites in the United Arab Emirates
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