What made Joey Rasdien apologise after a comedic set?

What caused Joey Rasdien to apologise after a comedy skit?

Comedian, father and all-round great guy, Joey Rasdien joined the show for some fun!

Joey Rasdien image coffee in hand

Joey Rasdien is no stranger to the comedic world.

Known as one of the best in the business, Rasdien is known to not only be funny, but to push boundaries when it comes to his content on stage.

Over the weekend at a show in Sandton, he made a few comments that weren't taken well by some members of the audience. 

Rasdien took to Instagram to apologise for the comments made. 

I apologize​ unreservedly​ to​ my ​brothers and sisters in Islam for comments I made during ​a set at a recent gig in Sandton. As a Muslim comedian I hold myself to the same set of standards expected of a Muslim in any other walk of life. It is our character and behavior that must be unimpeachable. And while humour is a necessary part of our humanity, I understand as well, that the best way for us to humour is to encourage better behviour from all of us. I failed to do this. ​The companions of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) are extraordinary people . In the Quran, the Most Merciful says: ‘And the first forerunners [in the faith] among the Muhajireen and the Ansar and those who followed them with good conduct – Allah is pleased with them and they are pleased with Him, and He has prepared for them gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide forever. That is the great attainment.’ ​I have been duly reminded of the status of the companions of the Prophet, and reminded as well ​​ our responsibility to emulate their character. I undertake to learn more about the Prophet (PBUH), all his companions, including the mothers of the believers, his wives. I once again, express deep regret, and shame for the comments I made in Sandton. And I regret that my own comments have caused controversy for the organisers, and other speakers affiliated to the event. Listening to the set myself after the show I myself would have been as upset if I had heard those comments from another comedian. I am deeply disappointed in myself and endeavor to do better. I humbly ask that you join me in beseeching the Most Merciful, to accept my repentance. May faith in Him is rooted in the understanding of His clemency and forgiveness. May He forgive me, and guide me to be a better person always. I seek to learn more about the life our Master Muhammed Peace be upon him and the lives of his noble companions, in order to better educate myself about them, and their significance to our understanding of Islam. And indeed I will endeavor to do better in all my performances going forward. I ask you, once more, to forgive me. Yusuf Rasdien (Joey) 23 July 2017

A post shared by Joey Rasdien (@rasdien) on

He joined us on air earlier today and shared his thoughts on the matter.

Show's Stories