Leader: Rushdie Death Fatwa Still Valid
News number: 9107130289 16:41 | 2012-12-25
TEHRAN (FNA)- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali
Khamenei said that the Islamic fatwa issued by the Late Imam Khomeini in
1989 ordering the death of British writer Salman Rushdie for his blasphemous
and insulting book still stands.
Ayatollah Khamenei's remarks came after some news reports said that Rushdie
has renounced his insults against Islam's Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and other
Islamic sanctities in his book 'Satanic Verses'.
The Indian-born Rushdie was forced to go into hiding for a decade after Late
Founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, issued the 1989 death
sentence over his book which insulted Islam and its prophet.
Imam Khomeini's successor as Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Grand
Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, said in January 2005 he still believed the
British novelist was an apostate whose killing would be authorized by Islam.
"As Imam (Khomeini PBUH) said 'even if the writer of Satanic Verses book
repents and returns as the pious of all times', the Islamic decree on him
will remain unchanged and such helpless efforts which are made by the help
of certain fake Muslims will not change the divine decree," Ayatollah
Khamenei reiterated again earlier this month.
Rushdie's book raised protests among many Muslim nations, including in Iran
and Pakistan. An Iranian Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) announced that
it would pay a $150,000 prize to anyone who could put into effect a death
sentence decree issued by the Imam Khomeini, against Salman Rushdie for
Secretary General of the Headquarters for Honoring the Martyrs of Islam
World Movement Forouz Raja'ee-Far told FNA in 2007 that his headquarters had
announced in 2004 that it would pay $100,000 to anyone who could put into
effect Imam Khomeini's verdict and that after 3 years it has now raised the
prize to $150,000.