Salman Rushdie: Iranian state media renew fatwa on Satanic Verses author with $600,000 bounty


Source: Independent

Forty state-run Iranian media outlets have jointly offered a new $600,000 bounty for the death of British Indian author Salman Rushdie, according to the state-run Fars News Agency.

Fars News Agency, which is closely affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), was among the largest contributors, donating one billion Rials – nearly $30,000.

The announcement coincides with the anniversary of the fatwa issued the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, the agency said.

Ayatollah Khomeini, the First Supreme Leader of Iran, issued the fatwa against Rushdie on charges of blasphemy for his novel The Satanic Verses on 15 February, 1989.

The Ayatollah called for the death of the book’s author along with anyone “involved in its publication”.

Hitoshi Igarashi, the Japanese translator of The Satanic Verses, was stabbed to death outside his office at Tsukuba University, the Italian translator Ettore Capriolo survived being stabbed at his apartment in Milan, and the novel’s Norwegian publisher was shot three times in the back and left for dead outside his home in Oslo.

Protesters chant slogans to condemn Britain’s knighting of the Indian-born author Salman Rushdie June 22, 2007 in Islamabad, Pakistan

Rushdie was put under police protection by the British government and spent many years in hiding.

While Iran’s former President Mohammad Khatami said the threat against the author was “finished” in 1998, the fatwa has never officially been lifted.

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      • Please, do not spread misinformation about Islam. Nowhere does Islam say that blasphemers have to be put to death. Ali Hidaya, please refer me to even one verse in the Holy Qur’an where this is supposed to be the punishment for them?

        In fact, there are verses to the contrary in the Holy Qur’an as well as the practices of the Holy Prophet (pbuh).

        In the current Arab ‘scenery’, as far as I know, no baby girls have been put to death just for the sake of having been born females.

        Yes, this was the case in pre-islamic Arabia, which Islam put an end to. Not the other way round.

      • But if what you are saying is true, then only a fractionally small percentage of Muslims understand your ‘true’ version of islam- surely it would be more rational to assume that your version of Islam is a gross distortion and/or a misunderstanding of Islam.

  1. Ali Hidaya, sorry about my first comment. I had not seen your response as my computer misbehaved…

    • I said before that Blasphemy law is not Islamic law, there is no base in Al Quran.

      But there is false hadith about blasphemy law;
      Anyone of you who saw heresy, apostasy, let is changing with your HANDS, if not able, let the verbal, if not able to let the heart. However, such is weak as weak faith.HR.Muslim
      (By hand interpreted to prohibit other group implement a different Islam with them, and even with their hands they damage and kill his opponent.)
      Prophet said, “If you have people who do act like the people of Lut (liwath) then kill the perpetrators.” (Narrated by Abu Daud, Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah)
      ” That there is a Jewish woman who often denounce and vilify the Prophet . (Due to the offense ) , then the woman had been strangled to death by a man. It turns out that the Messenger of Allah justifies his blood ” . (Abu Dawud )
      Rasoolullah SAW set an adultery law expressly, as in the hadith he: “It is not lawful blood of a Muslim except for one of three things: people who commit adultery, kill people, and people who lapsed in and out of the congregation.” (Bukhari, Muslim, At-Tirmizy,)
      When the end times will appear young people and bad attitude. They said word by using the word of GOD , when they had come out of Islam as an arrow from his bow slipping . Wherever you meet them , then kill them . Because real people are killed they will get a reward on the resurrection day ” HR Bukhari
      Anyone who changes his religion (out of Islam, apostasy) then kill. Wherever you meet them, then kill them. Because real people are killed they will get a reward at the Judgment Day “Bukhari

      Those Hadith have been use by extremist Muslim to justify their action to kill those who convert his religion to other, those who insult Islam or prophet, those who claim the prophet after Prophet Muhammad, just like Muslim Ahmadiyah and Shia, those who do not follow their belief in Islam .

      These false hadith are against the true Islamic teaching (Al quran ). that is why we see violence in Islamic countries today.

      The fruit of hate teaching, judging each other among Muslim is coming to the fruition. Millions innocent people have been suffering, displacing and killed in Arab countries. I am very sad, pity and heartbreaking.

      Arab’s scene is a disgrace today. You do not think so?
      Whereas ;
      Islam are religion of; peace, mercy for all, love, mercy, forgiveness, tolerance, freedom of religion, speech, expression, justice for all people regardless his belief, race, gender and ages, prosperity and Modernity.

      Those who practice the truth of Islamic teaching correctly will result / produce a good Muslim, peaceful Muslim, lovely Muslim, respectful Muslim, generous Muslim, tolerant Muslim, and live in wealth and happiness.

      Was salam

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