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Iran issues renewed Fatwa against Salman Rushdie and The Satanic Verses

Rushdies novel The Satanic Verses is actually based on some of the most oldest, original verses from the Koran. The Satanic Verses incident, known as qissat al-gharaniq (Story of the Cranes), is the name given to the alleged occasion on which the Islamic Prophet Muhammad is said to have mistaken the words of “satanic suggestion” for divine revelation.

Narratives involving these alleged verses can be read in, among other places, the biographies of Muhammad by al-Wāqidī, Ibn Sa’d (who was a scribe of Waqidi) and Ibn Ishaq (as reconstructed by Alfred Guillaume), as well as the tafsir of al-Tabarī. The majority of Muslim scholars however have rejected the historicity of the incident on the bases of their weak isnads (chains of transmission) and the incompatibility of the incident with the theological doctrine of ‘isma (Prophetic infallibility, divine protection of Muhammad from mistakes).

The first use of the expression ‘Satanic Verses’ is attributed to Sir William Muir (1858).

The Satanic Verses incident is reported in the tafsir and the sira-maghazi literature dating from the first two centuries of Islam, and is reported in the respective tafsīr corpuses transmitted from almost every Qur’anic commentator of note in the first two centuries of the hijra. Muslim scholars who refuses to acknowledge the reality of Mhammed’s true nature and it has become a trend to considered these old testimonies as fabricated incident and the chains of narration “are weak”. The earliest biography of Muhammad, Ibn Ishaq (761-767) is lost but his collection of traditions survives mainly in two sources: Ibn Hisham (833) and al-Tabari (915). The story appears in al-Tabari, who includes Ibn Ishaq in the chain of transmission, but not in Ibn Hisham. Ibn Sa’d and Al-Waqidi, two other early biographers of Muhammad relate the story. Scholars such as Uri Rubin and Shahab Ahmed and Guillaume hold that the report was in Ibn Ishaq, while Alford T. Welch holds the report has not been presumably present in the Ibn Ishaq.

Muslim scholars removed the tradition of the Satanic Verses and it never made it into any of the newer canonical hadith compilations (though possible truncated versions of the incident that did). The reference and exegesis about the Verses appear in early histories. In addition to appearing in Tabarī’s Tafsīr, it is used in the tafsīrs of Muqātil, ‘Abdu r-Razzāq and Ibn Kathir as well as the naskh of Abu Ja‘far an-Nahhās, the asbāb collection of Wāhidī and even the late-medieval as-Suyūtī’s compilation al-Durr al-Manthūr fil-Tafsīr bil-Mathūr.

The Koran is under endless modifications, a process Muslims tend to always accuse the religious infidels of.



Iran’s Hard-Line Press Adds to Bounty on Salman Rushdie

NYTimes, February 22, 2016

Salman Rushdie in New York in August 2015

Salman Rushdie in New York in August. The fatwa calling for Mr. Rushdie to be killed because of his book “The Satanic Verses” was issued in 1989. Credit Sara Krulwich/The New York Times


TEHRAN — A group of hard-line Iranian news media organizations says it has raised $600,000 to add to a bounty for the killing of the British novelist Salman Rushdie.

Iran’s former supreme leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa, or religious edict, in 1989 calling for Mr. Rushdie to be killed because of his book “The Satanic Verses,” which the ayatollah found to be blasphemous and insulting toward Muslims. Mr. Rushdie has since then been living largely out of sight and under the protection of bodyguards.

The semiofficial Fars news agency, one of the organizations involved, reported that the new reward money was gathered during a trade fair called the Islamic Republic’s Digital Media Exhibition. It quoted the secretary of the exhibition saying that the $600,000 had been announced last week to mark the anniversary of the 1989 fatwa.

Rushdie Backs Out of India Literary Event, Citing SecurityJAN. 20, 2012

The Iranian government distanced itself from calls for Mr. Rushdie’s death under former President Mohammad Khatami, a reformist who declared in 1998 that the fatwa had ended. But the religious authorities said it could not be withdrawn by anyone other than Ayatollah Khomeini, who died four months after issuing it. His successor, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said in 2005 that the fatwa remained valid.

The decree had already put a considerable price on Mr. Rushdie’s head: A religious organization called the 15 Khordad Foundation initially offered a $2.7 million reward to anyone carrying out the fatwa, then increased it to $3.3 million in 2012. The new money, bringing the total bounty to nearly $4 million, came from 40 news outlets listed by Fars, which said that it had contributed $30,000.

Iranian hard-line organizations tend to make symbolic gestures involving the Rushdie fatwa every year around its anniversary, Feb. 14. Whether the bounty really would be paid is unclear. Many news organizations in Iran do not turn a profit, and some are subsidized by state organizations.

The announcement highlights the continuing political infighting in Iran as elections approach for Parliament and the Assembly of Experts, a council that would choose the next supreme leader. The government of President Hassan Rouhani has promised to improve relations with the West, while his hard-line opponents have campaigned against any opening. Analysts said the hard-liners may have been seeking an electoral edge by raising the Rushdie matter now.

“This is just to overshadow the elections, because the hard-liners and their media want to dissuade people from voting in large numbers,” said Mojgan Faraji, a reformist journalist. She said the hard-liners drag up issues from the past to confuse people and to “make other issues more important than voting.”




8 thoughts on “Iran issues renewed Fatwa against Salman Rushdie and The Satanic Verses

    • Yoohoo, DECEPTION-MESS, where are yoooooooouuuuuuuuuuu? Here boy, here. We’ve got a bone for you – come here. No, boy, no, no … bone not boner, ya sick little puppy. Hey, aren’t male puppies sons of b……? ☺

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    • They’ll rarely learn. They are groomed to believe the infidel will always try to seduce and deceive, so to never trust anyone except a Muslim. He’s an ISIS troll.


      • Hey ADMIN, I know it’s only a typo, “never trust anyone expect a Muslim“, but it actually makes a lot of sense that way as well. ☺☺☺
        Who knows how much longer before I hear a knock at the door and have to expect a Muslim. FROWNey instead of smiley

        PS: I know that quite a few times I’ve commented (and sometimes chided people) that not ALL Muslims are evil, and I fully stick to my guns on that point, but this typo was just too classic to resist having a little play with.


      • @ ADMIN
        very professional of you to have fixed up your little typo, but you do realise that your professionalism has screwed up my humorous islamophobic comment, don’t you? Naughty, ADMIN, naughty! ☺☺☺
        Otherwise, keep up the good work. Ah hell, f__k merely calling it “good work” – keep up your great SERVICE TO HUMANITY!!!

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  1. Great comment Ms. Lacewing. Unaccompanied children hmm, I reckon these poor little kids were abducted from various areas in the middle east and used as insurance to get terrorists into Europe to wage Jihad. I assume the wooden tops are referring to children under ten? Males above ten are possible killers and girls over ten will have been abused as sex slaves. Great religion Islam ain’t it? 😀


  2. Oh dear me,they really are screwed up ain’t they,i am surprised half of us have not got Fatwas out on our heads for speaking the TRUTH.So they blame us now for THEIR interpretation of the storybook of shit,saying we change it,hmmmmm scratch of head,i think if any amendments were made by anyone but a muslim then it would not be so vile and repressive and thats me being nice. So the Islamic Prophet Muhammad is said to have mistaken the words of “satanic suggestion” for divine revelation,well i’ve made some mistakes but that was one hell of one mistake,damn even Muhammad was backward! Shrug of shoulders,oh well they have given the OK to bulldoze the camp of crap at Calais 🙂 🙂 as usual the liberals are whining,saying that there are 400 unaccompanied children there,gosh they did well finding their way all the way from Greece or Italy,I doubt I could.The Belgians are securing their borders ready for when they are kicked out.No doubt the liberals will try smuggling a few through to the UK a few have been caught already,so my advice to the Belgians is check all vehicles for brownies!


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