May 03, 2013 03:25 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
Just as ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez is being accused of showing off her cultural insensitivity by wearing a bindi at a performance, Justin Bieber appears to be trying to make amends for his many slip-ups that have taken place in the last few months. The X Factor mentor made nice with fans in Turkey by stopping not once but twice during a concert to recite a Muslim prayer.
Justin Bieber has halted music performances for many a reason in the past — lately, it seems the usual excuse has involved feelings of illness — but this time, fans were not angered or annoyed by a break in the action….they approved wholeheartedly. That’s because this pause took place durin a concert in Istanbul, where most Beliebers honor the Azan (also known in some regions as Adhan), a five-times-a-day call to prayer.
Reaction to Bieber’s Muslim prayer varied greatly, but appeared to mostly skew towards positive. Muslim fans were clearly the most pleased, later expressing on Twitter their pleasure at having a visiting star show his respect for their culture. However, a few followers felt that abiding by such traditional Muslim practices was a huge mistake on the Biebs’ part.
Of course, none of this is to say that Justin Bieber is a hit with Muslims as a whole. In fact, the teen idol was quite controversial in Oman, where a planned show has allegedly been canceled for being too sexy. But it doesn’t look like J Biebs will have the same problem in upcoming stops on his tour — fans have already been busy expressing enthusiasm for his fast-approaching concert in Dubai.
What do you think of Justin Bieber’s Muslim prayer? A display of respect for another culture or, as some angry individuals seem to think, a slap in the face? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments section below!
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