I.M. faced backlash after wearing a shirt with an Islamic slogan (Photo: Getty Images)

Monsta X, Starship Entertainment, apologized after I.M. was photographed wearing a shirt with an Islamic saying engraved on it.

The rapper, who is currently promoting his upcoming solo project Duality, has been criticized for wearing a shirt with a phrase used in Islamic prayer on it.

said the Starship, according to the South China Morning Post: We should have taken extra steps in advance to ensure that the draft photos did not contain any religious implications, and we regret that we were unable to study them closely.

We sincerely apologize to those who have been made uncomfortable by our actions.

The Agency would have added that it would do its utmost to avoid such a situation occurring again.

He also removed the first set of teaser photos from Monsta X’s official social media accounts.

I.M., I understand you’ll have a whole album to promote soon, because this is a first for you…. Congratulations in advance, but I ask you and @STARSHIPent to remove the third image that contains an Islamic written phrase that cannot be used for aesthetic purposes, thank you very much!

– ããªã¯ç§ ð (@jsbxkabz) February 15, 2021

Guys, don’t post the I.M. promo picture on Twitter! He has an Islamic symbol printed on his shirt and it deeply offends fans of Islam! If you want more information on this topic or want to help shed some light on it, send me a dm! #IM #MONSTA_X pic.twitter.com/ZUeBFMbgiW

– changkyunsmaindish (@changkyunsmain) February 14, 2021

Our religion is NOT aesthetic. If you’re going to wear a shirt in a foreign language, do your research first.

– Muslim army fights… (@bangtanmuslim) 14. February 2021

Since you guys are one of the most famous KPOP boy bands in Korea and America, you should learn about their culture and religion before getting involved in that shit. There’s nothing we don’t know when it comes to that.

– bts24/4 (@_moonjin7) 14. February 2021

Fans were disappointed by the star, whose real name is Im Jang-kyung, because of her clothing choices, as tweeted: Guys, don’t post or tweet the I.M. promo photo.

He has an Islamic symbol printed on his shirt, and fans of Islam are really angry about that!

The Monsta X has been a huge success since its debut (Photo: Get images for iHeartMedia).

Another said: Our religion is NOT aesthetic. If you want to wear a T-shirt in a foreign language, do your research first.

Another responded to the publicity photos by writing: I.M., I understand you’ll have a whole album to promote soon, because this is a first for you…. Congratulations in advance, but I ask you and @STARSHIPent to remove the third image that contains an Islamic written phrase that cannot be used for aesthetic purposes, thank you very much! [sic].

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Monsta X was launched in 2015 and has been a huge success ever since.

They released their third studio album last November and several members worked on solo projects, including I.M and Wonho after he left the band.

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