In the meantime, one member of the general public requested in regards to the atrocity within the fundamentalist Islamic republic’s capital, Tehran, stated he was “blissful”, accusing the 75-year-old of “insulting sanctities”. Sir Salman is at present unable to talk and on a ventilator in a New York hospital, together with his agent confirming he was prone to lose a watch. A number of hardline Iranian newspapers subsequently lavished reward on the person who stabbed and severely wounded him.
Sir Salman’s 1988 novel The Satanic Verses was perceived as blasphemous by some within the Islamic group. The next 12 months, Iran’s former spiritual chief Ayatollah Sayyid Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini declared a fatwa towards him calling on Muslims around the globe to kill the Indian-born writer.
In consequence, Sir Salman was pressured into years of hiding, and the loss of life sentence has by no means been lifted.
There was no official response thus far in Iran to the assault on Sir Salman, who was wounded within the neck and torso yesterday whereas onstage at a lecture in New York state.
Nevertheless, Hossein Shariatmadari, editor-in-chief of the hardline Kayhan newspaper wrote: “A thousand bravos to the courageous and dutiful one who attacked the apostate and evil Salman Rushdie in New York.
“The hand of the person who tore the neck of God’s enemy have to be kissed.”
Mr Shariatmadari is straight appointed by Iran’s Supreme Chief Ali Khamenei, whose Twitter account was suspended in 2019 after he posted that Khomeini’s fatwa towards Sir Salman was “strong and irrevocable”.
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In the meantime the Khorasan day by day led with: “Devil on the best way to hell”.
Equally, Iranian pundit Keyvan Saedy tweeted: “This deserves congratulation: God prepared, we are going to have a good time Salman Rushdie going to hell quickly.”
Seyed Mohammad Marandi, a senior adviser to Iran’s nuclear negotiating staff, stated he wouldn’t shed a tear for the author “who spouts countless hatred and contempt for Muslims and Islam.”
In the meantime, chatting with the Related Press, Reza Amiri, a 27-year-old deliveryman, stated: “I don’t know Salman Rushdie, however I’m blissful to listen to that he was attacked since he insulted Islam.
“That is the destiny for anyone who insults sanctities.”
New York police recognized the suspect as Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old man from Fairview, New Jersey, who had purchased a cross to the occasion on the Chautauqua Establishment. No motive has been established for the assault.
Sir Salman was on a ventilator and unable to talk on Friday night after the incident, condemned by writers and politicians around the globe as an assault on the liberty of expression.
In February 1989 Khomeini stated: “I want to inform all of the intrepid Muslims on this planet that the writer of the e-book entitled ‘Satanic Verses’ … in addition to these publishers who had been conscious of its contents, are hereby sentenced to loss of life.
“Whoever is killed doing this can be considered a martyr and can go on to heaven.”