BTS had their concert in Riyadh and it’s making people think they’re Muslim (as a joke).
Arguably the world’s most popular musical act right now, Bangtan Sonyeondan or as they’re commonly known as; BTS, just made history last night.
BTS were the first international artists to have taken their independent stadium tour to Saudi Arabia!
Ever since they had announced a tour date for Saudi Arabia, Muslim ARMYs had gone into a frenzy. The addition for a concert in Riyadh made the Muslim part of the fandom feel seen and loved by their favorite idols. For years we have survived on crumbs and dreamed about our favs acknowledging us and they finally did; by bringing their amazing tour to an Arab country!
Fans had been incredibly excited about seeing BTS in Riyadh. And when the band landed in Saudi Arabia and news about their impending performance started coming out fans were already touched. Fans found out that BigHit had educated its staff on the customs of the country and even though they did not have to abide by the dress code as foreigners; they did it out of respect!
Other than that, it was also revealed that the boys would be modifying certain choreography to make sure nothing is offensive.
BH says they have prepared for @BTS_twt's 1st large concert in the Middle East. The entire crew, including dancers & staff, have been educated on local customs & encouraged to dress appropriately out of respect. The performance will be toned down, no abs & less intimate choreo. https://t.co/NU5DDjyhlz
— K-Charts and Translations (@charts_k) October 11, 2019
This was all heartwarming for Muslim fans to hear! Knowing that the biggest boyband in the world was not imposed with any restrictions but chose to do so was amazing! And it only further fueled the hilarious fan theory that BTS are (secretly) Muslim.
Fans have been joking about BTS being Muslim for a while. Fans videos and quotes from the boys to further their theory. One of the most popular evidences of BTS being Muslim is V’s belly dancing skills.
Petition for bigHit to add an extra song for Taehyung to perform belly dance. pic.twitter.com/h7dV8Ln2YC
— Hobibi (@Ot7Muslim) July 15, 2019
But BTS’ concert in Riyadh reinvigorated this theory a hundredfold. Other than the fact that they were respectful about modesty, Arab ARMYs reported that the band had stopped their rehearsals earlier in the day when they heard the Azaan.
bts really stopped rehearsals because the call for prayer/adhan was going on, they're so respectful and considerate towards my religion i feel so warm
— dia ♡ (@jiminiesbear) October 10, 2019
And then came the concert itself! As we all know, BTS makes it a point to learn certain phrases in the local language of the location they are performing in.
Muslim ARMYs were impatiently waiting for the salams, shukrans, and habibis! And we got ALL OF IT AND MORE.
All of them left except Taehyung kept waving at us and I swear I hear him say before he went “shukran” JWJZJDQ TAEHYUNG SAID SHUKRAN IM SHAKING
— san☿☽. seeing bts today😭💜💜 (@agbhoya) October 11, 2019
The vibe of the concert was the same as always, MESMERIZING. But the boys kept it pretty PG. The moment I most waited for was J-Hope’s iconic hip thrusts in Baepsae. I wanted to know how he would avoid them. AND HE THREW HEARTS AT THE CROWD. A respectful king.
HOBI CHANGED HIS MOVES IN BAEPSAE TO HAND HEARTS IM GONNA CRY pic.twitter.com/SbtRYJ8P1L
— myrcka 🧚♂️ (@bffjeongguk) October 11, 2019
The boys even SANG IN ARABIC. They sang Jimin’s birthday song in Arabic and made comments to him in the language too.
jimin is the cutest boy 🙁 he didn't realize they were singing happy birthday to him in arabic at first but when he did he started jumping around 🙁 a babie 🥺pic.twitter.com/4O5VQmzpcs
— rai 📝5k (@kimvanadium) October 11, 2019
JUNGKOOK REALLY SAID TO JIMIN " سنة حلوة يا جميل احبك" WHICH MEANS HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEAUTIFUL I LOVE YOU WITH HIS LOUDEST VOICE AT THE END 😭😭😭😭😭😭
— Moon // jimtober 🐥 (@pmnkoo) October 11, 2019
All the boys loved the crowd. And Suga promised SEVERAL times to be back.
yoongi said he hopes to come back to riyadh so yall know im def going this time
— riya 🌱 (@softpjmx) October 11, 2019
I mean J-Hope straight-up revealed his Muslim name to us; JAMAL!
-i’m your amal [أمَل] =hope
– & i’m your jamal [جمال] =beauty
“i’m your hope and i’m your beauty”
-hoseok 2019 pic.twitter.com/TZwOJg2G0m
— ً (@ELMXRIACHI) October 11, 2019
And if you noticed, the boys did not once bow to the crowd as they usually do at their concerts. And it was clearly because of Islam and bowing to anyone but Allah is considered shirk which is a sin.
As the last modification, bts did not bow to the audience at all,
You wonder why?
Because we have a similar part in our daily prayers called “rokou” & we only bow in front of Allah & not human beings.
I’ll stan these men till my last breath & u cant change my mind
— Katie 🎼 (@snowfairyg) October 11, 2019
All in all, the concert was amazing. And a win for Muslim ARMYs. It feels amazing to know that our favorite idols love us just as much back.
— Aurelia💜 is busy Jimtobering (@AureliaOT7) October 11, 2019
But let’s hope they keep on traveling and visiting more ARMYs in different places! Where do you hope BTS will come next? Let us know in the comments below.
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