In light of recent events, I’d like to apologize and I’d like to thank you as well. After the whole controversy about telling Muslim women to take off their scarves, you did what any celebrity would do to address problems that put you in hot water… You turned to social media.
I make a point every night to end my shows on tones of unity and love so, to find out that I am being utilized in a fake media story about me disrespecting Muslims is devastating to me. At my show in the 02 in London I was talking to 4 women one of whom was wearing a jacket and a winter scarf, I made a comment about taking off the scarf because I enjoy friendly banter with the fans. I am well aware of what a hijab is and I would never make a disrespectful comment like that in my life towards someone who is wearing one. I am proud that my closest friends and fans come from all different religions and races, perhaps whoever made up this story should spend more time learning about other cultures and less time trying to divide us.
With that being said, I’d like to apologize for assuming things without context. I’m sorry for placing a “problematic” label on you without checking the receipts. Also, I’m sorry the media hasn’t been treating you well. It’s like the littlest things make the biggest headlines. All of a sudden the whole world is against you and it’s so confusing.
On a positive note, I’d like to thank you. Thank you for being aware of your Muslim fans. Thank you for taking your time and putting your thoughts in your Instagram post. Thank you for ending your shows with an important but positive note. Thank you for reminding us to learn and love one another. Thank you for being one of the reasons why I love myself and the people around me. Thank you for bringing people together.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to put “One Dance” on blast!
Ahlam and the #MuslimGirlArmy