Justin Bieber Stops His Own Concert In Turkey To Honor The Muslim Prayer Call


As many of y’all know, Justin Bieber and I have had beef for a while now. Really, it all started when he compared himself to Jay-Z and made that completely incorrect reference to Cam’ron in Teen Vogue. That was pretty much it for me. Shortly thereafter we had the Anne Frank situation, and I’ve just been over him in that way where it’s really easy to be over someone because you were never really into them anyway… lol. But I think it’s fair to report on all the Bieber goings-ons, not just the ones that I find to be totally wack. The Biebs recently performed in Istanbul and paid his respect to the religion of many of his concert-goers, which I thought was a good look. Click inside to learn more.

E! has the story:

Justin Bieber sure knows how to make his Turkish fans happy.

The 19-year-old singer halted his concert in Istanbul twice to honor the Azan.

The Azan, which also goes by a few other names like the adhan, is the Islamic call to prayer and occurs in the main mosque five times a day.

Fans were shocked and delighted at [sic] when the “Boyfriend” singer paused his show for the first time thanking the singer for being “respectful” and a “great man.”

Concertgoers flooded Twitter with their heartfelt comments about the singer’s decision to observe the prayer call…

I am really excited to have read a story about Justin that did not make me squirm, or want to blog my fury away. I don’t know exactly why he interrupted his show for the azan, I don’t know if he was trying to impress people like me, but I’d like to think he just showed some respect to his fans because, well, it was a positive gesture.

Now, the thought of people pausing during a Justin Bieber concert to pray might sound bizarre… or hilarious… but I’m not going there. DMX totally used to pray at the end of his concerts, and I’m sure non-fans would have been weirded out by that, lol.

Here’s hoping we have more moments like this from Bieber, and less… um… tattoos.

[Source] [Photo Credit: Splash]

  • Rus

    Shannon, when he paused, the fans weren’t actually praying in the concert because that would be bizarre indeed. He paused to let the prayer call take place (so that he won’t be singing over it and being disrespectful) if that makes sense. Usually the prayer comes after the call. And you would certainly won’t be standing in a concert and praying. U’d go to the mosque. :-)

    • Shannon

      Rus, thanks so much for the clarification. I didn’t realize that the prayers were always held in mosques. What you’re saying makes perfect sense then– that he paused for the prayer call, not the actual prayers.

  • toEARLYforTHISdiscussion

    whoa! Bieber & DMX aren’t doing prayer(s) any favors
    sounds like the talking to an invisible power might be a way of not taking responsibility, not to mention–how you say, luv: CRRRAY?!
    very few of us have actual control over the big things (Trump’s plane could be hit outa the sky as easily as mine) but words & actions from day to day speak volumes, ahem: VOLUMES
    & that said, Bieb’s acknowledging his immediate fans’ BigGuyInTheSky culture means he CAN pull his head out of his ass if just for a brief–okay– TWO brief moments

  • Layla

    Agree with Rus that he likely just stopped so that the call to prayer could continue interrupted. However, one could pray anywhere- it doesn’t have to be in a mosque. You can pray in your house, at work, under a tree, wherever, as long as the ground/area is generally clean. But likely, most of the folks at the concert didn’t pause to pray during that break or would have had enough time to do so. :)