Kannywood star Rahama Sadau has apologised for “unseen circumstances” that led to drama and a barrage of insults among her online followers after she posted photos of herself.
The photos had her in a dress with colour close to her skin tone and her back bare. Her head was also uncovered.
Arewa Twitter went berserk, with followers and fans criticising her dress choice and appearance as being un-Islamic while others praised her glam.
The actress called it “sad and unfortunate” to wake up to messages, tags and trends over the “harmless pictures I posted”.
“As a human, I laughed at some, frowned against many and disapproved most,” she said in a separate post on Facebook.
But bashing from both her admirers and critics who called her out on moral grounds took on a religious tone.
Both sides bashed each other’s faiths.
One poster said comment section of Sadau’s post had become a mosque.
“Having mixed followers,bashing each other’s faiths to the extent of creating trends like “Assistant Allah” (subhanallah), raining curses and some tweeting blasphemous words to our Prophet Muhammad (SAW)- this is the height of it and it stands condemnable and regrettable,” said the actress.
“I’m with all sense of sincerity, dissociating myself from such derogatory and hurtful words.
“To everyone who knows me or follows me, should know I’m not the type that react to anything or embrace advice from social media moral police. But my Prophet and religion is where I draw the line.
“Any disrespect to my religion and Prophet regarding those pictures remain condemned and reprobated, not in any way and not on any event. The perpetrators should learn to separate people’s way of life and respect for their faiths.
“It’s in human nature to judge others and act as saint, I appreciate those who felt offended and decided to call me out through DM’s, text messages and phone calls. That’s true love and I’m never taking that for granted.”
The photos trended, and stories linked to it lit up the internet, from social media posts and blogs to major news platforms.
Sadau grouped them all into the category she called “bloggers and everyone that saw a chance to trend.”
Her parting words: “I do not wish for you what you wished upon me.”