Visitors warned about what to wear at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi has put up signs warning visitors about what they can and cannot wear.
The mosque’s organising committee has placed large billboards at the entrance warning that women cannot wear tight clothing, no matter how covered up they are.
The warning comes three months after singer Rihanna was photographed at the mosque dressed in a tight-fitting black outfit. Despite being covered head-to-toe, she was asked to leave and the mosque put out a statement saying that she had broken “moral codes”.
The new signs show graphics of six men and six women, half of them dressed correctly and half not.
A mosque official told 7DAYS the signs have been introduced “because of recent publicity” and to ensure that worshippers are not offended.
“The mosque is the most popular visitor destination in Abu Dhabi. Every day we have thousands of people, who are most welcome. Our message is for the small minority who do not consider the rules and culture before they enter,” he said.
The illustrations on the billboard show hijabed women with loose fitting pants are permitted. However, a woman in a hijab with tight fighting pants will not be allowed in.
It follows global publicity in October after Rihanna turned up in clothes that showed only her face but were tight enough to reveal the contours of her body. She posed for some photos in the mosque’s central square, at one point lying on the marble floor.
The mosque released a statement saying that she came on an unscheduled visit was asked to leave, and that “violators are directed in a polite manner that reflects the civilisational and tolerant attributes of Islam”.
The new signs also ban clothing with profanity, transparent clothing, shorts and short skirts, sleeveless shirts and “tight clothing, swimwear and beachwear”. The illustrations show that a kandora or suit are permitted for men, as are casual clothes that cover the legs and upper arms.