But in Tehran, some wishing to speak to the AP praised the attack targeting a writer they believe tarnished the Islamic faith with his 1988 book “The Satanic Verses”. went. In the streets of Iran’s capital, pictures of the dead Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini Still watching passers-by. “I don’t know Salman” RushdieBut I’m glad to hear that he was attacked since the insult IslamSaid 27-year-old Reza Amiri, a deliveryman.
Others, however, were concerned that Iran could become even more cut off from the world as tensions mount over its nuclear deal. “I think those who have done this are trying to isolate Iran,” said 39-year-old geography teacher Mahsheed Barati. “It will negatively affect relations with many peoples – even Russia and China.”
Khomeini, in ill health in the last year of his life after a standoff in the 1980 Iran-Iraq war, issued a fatwa on Rushdie in 1989. The fatwa came amid an uproar in the Muslim world over the novel, which some saw as blasphemy. Giving tips about the life of Prophet Muhammad.
Early Saturday, Iranian state media made a point to identify a man killed while trying to execute a fatwa. Lebanese citizen Mustafa Mahmoud Majeh died when a book bomb exploded in a London hotel in 1989. Khurasani On the stretcher was a large image of Rushdie, clearly titled: “The Devil on the Way to Hell.”
But the 15th Khordad Foundation – which placed a bounty of more than $3 million on Rushdie – remained silent at the start of the work week. Staff there declined to comment.
While the fatwa could be amended or revoked, Iran’s current Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who took office after Khomeini, never did so. “The decision made about Salman Rushdie is still valid,” Khamenei said in 1989.