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Justin Bieber’s Muslim Prayer Earns New Fans In Turkey

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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31 Responses to “Justin Bieber’s Muslim Prayer Earns New Fans In Turkey”

  1. Selena Gomez Says:
    May 3rd, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    farkk Bieber

  2. Sarah Says:
    May 3rd, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    I think it’s for respect and I want to cry because justin respects us Muslims this much I just respect and love him even more because azan is imp for us and he did it ,i love him thanks justin

  3. Lisa Ash Says:
    May 3rd, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    I really respect Justin for honoring the Muslim faith. Prayer is an honor acknowledging GOD “ALLAH”,and we all should be proud no matter what our faith is.

  4. ash Says:
    May 3rd, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    It’s a sign of respect..Your performing for fans in a different country, it courteous to respect their culture..very polite of him

  5. Brey Says:
    May 3rd, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Aww! Justin I adore you so much. You have a way of proving yourself to other people that you are a good person. You may screw up a few times but hey, so does everybody else. You are only human.

  6. laksdfjlsdk Says:
    May 3rd, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Oh my goodness people, whats wrong with him having respect for another culture? Including having respect for Muslim culture? He’s just being nice and a good person. Whoever thinks it’s a slap in North America’s face needs to go to hell.

  7. Mrs. Beiber Says:
    May 3rd, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    The damn condom broke… I’m sorry everybody for what i have let into the world.

  8. McAwesome Says:
    May 3rd, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Its a publicity stunt. if he did do it out of the kindness of his heart and out of sincerity than good for him… but Justin Bieber doesnt have a heart. so you know he was told by his manager, “Hey Justin!this areas populated by Muslims… say these prayers so you get more fans and we make more money!”

  9. Daniel Says:
    May 3rd, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    i’m gonna release the sex tape made of J biebs sucking allah’s cock last night lol i bet muslims will love him even more!

  10. Aster Says:
    May 3rd, 2013 at 10:55 pm


  11. What? Says:
    May 4th, 2013 at 12:37 am

    You guys are kidding me right? Good person? He has shown over and over again his complete disregard for his fans. Maybe he was a good person at one point, but fame has twisted Justine’s head. Not only that, but he basically promotes sex, drugs, and alcohol knowing the fact that most of his fans are 12-13 year old girls.

  12. What? Says:
    May 4th, 2013 at 12:41 am


    1. He posts pictures of himself with his shirt off over and over against (although he is basically a twig).

    2. He grabs his crotch during his concerts.

    3. He threw a fit after he couldn’t get his UNDERAGE friend in a club.

    4. Constantly gets caught smoking pot and getting drunk.

    If he wants to be taken seriously then he is going to have to start trying harder. To be honest, it is starting to seem as if he is going to be the next Lindsay Lohan.

  13. Joey Says:
    May 4th, 2013 at 1:22 am

    God is fake.

  14. Pennies Says:
    May 4th, 2013 at 1:46 am

    Funny how Turkey is more secular than the UAE, yet Justin stops his concert twice for prayers.
    In Dubai, no one stops anything for prayers, & the UAE is more ‘religious’ than Turkey.

  15. Anonymous Says:
    May 4th, 2013 at 2:15 am

    This is a piece of bullshyt, Bieber doesn’t care nor does he respect muslims in any sort of way.The only reason he did this was to please his fans………

  16. ayesha rahman Says:
    May 4th, 2013 at 2:25 am

    thanx justin.as a muslim and as your fan,i maen it wen i say dat othrs should follow your example.thanks 4 being so considerate!

  17. GERMANY Says:
    May 4th, 2013 at 2:50 am

    Michael, what a fucking tool!

  18. Ariel Emnace, Jr. Says:
    May 4th, 2013 at 4:31 am

    Religion doesn’t count for being respectful. Respect is an innate virtue which luckily Justin Beiber has.

  19. Huma Says:
    May 4th, 2013 at 4:43 am

    I never liked Justin Bieber but now I have a great respect for him!! It shows that he has some respect for other’s religion and culture!! Hats off!!

  20. He's gay! Says:
    May 4th, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Im a muslim but really this is not cute at all!!
    He is just doing it to get more attention. He probably does not even know what the preayers mean! LAMEEE..

  21. Paul Headley Says:
    May 4th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    now we know! OK. that’s the reason the arab own media raised him up for the youth of america, to desert their christian faith. BOY, the devil has not had a new idea in 7000 yrs. Jesus said if they left us they never were with us!

  22. He is a She Says:
    May 4th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    It means that this little idiot will sell his soul for money and compromise his personal beliefs and conscience to appease people. I am Not muslim. But i respect the Islam religion. I would NOT offer up a islamic prayer because i am NOT muslim.

  23. Starry Says:
    May 4th, 2013 at 10:01 am

    I say it was a sign of respect cuz it’s their culture/tradition. When in Rome do as the Romans do.

  24. Nine Says:
    May 4th, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Whatever was the reason, may be more publicity, to be granted among muslims…or anything the fact is he showed respect to other cultures.that’s it. People around the world has different religious belief, culture…..so it is a part of well behavior to respect those.

  25. Ex-muslim crazy boybelieber Says:
    May 4th, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Noooo!! WTF?!!? I just left Islam!! And I love Justin so much!! Nooo !! Please don’t be a muslim.. pleeaase :”(((

  26. Enoma Says:
    May 4th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Justin Bieber is a really, really smart young man who knows too well how to market and sell his brand of music.

    Next thing you know, he will be sitting down on the ground with his hands joined at a monastery in Bangkok.

  27. Bobbie Says:
    May 4th, 2013 at 12:21 pm


  28. Mojavi Says:
    May 4th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Selina Gomez is NOT being insensitive by wearing what Hindus also use as fashion. Google “bindi fashion”. There are Indian designers and non-Indian models using this as FASHION…and, unless everyone of you are exceptionally cultured knowing about the religious undertones of the dot bindi, I bet some of you have also sported the bindi as a fashion accessories once cuz you saw it in a magazine….which would make you a hypocrite and a sheep.

    What Bieber did was respect a cultural communial ACTIVITY…not the same as fashion.

  29. rr Says:
    May 4th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    PR stunt

  30. Sadat Says:
    May 6th, 2013 at 1:02 am

    As I’m Muslim and a big boy BELIEBER , thanks for showing respect to our culture

  31. Rajeev Kumar Says:
    August 15th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    This is a concert, not a mosque. If he truly wants to show respect, he should recite Armenian Christian prayers for the millions of Armenians and Greeks killed by these Turkish Muslims. They deserve no respect. Great job Justin – you’re helping Caliph Erdogan to destroy the progressive secular society that once made Turkey a half-way decent country.

    So will you be interrupting concerts for prayers for every other relgion as well now? I’ll bet not. You will only pander to the Muslims, I’m guessing.


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