Since approximately six months after the publication of his novel “The Satanic Verses” in 1989, Salman Rushdie has been living under death threats.
This occurred shortly after the book mythologized parts of the life of the Prophet Muhammad with depictions that many Muslims found offensive, and some even considered to be sacrilegious.
After the Iranian Revolution of 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini became the Supreme Leader of Iran.
On February 14, 1989, he issued a fatwa or religious edict, commanding Muslims to execute Salman Rushdie and placing a bounty of several million dollars on his head.
Why Was Salman Rushdie Stabbed by Hadi Matar?
Hadi Matar’s reasons for stabbing Salman Rushdie might be related to Shia radicalism and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps based on a preliminary law enforcement analysis of his social media accounts.
Rushdie, according to the Islamic community has been blasphemous in His book “The Satanic Verses,” which is made up of details of the Prophet Muhammad’s life.
The Iranian government has remained silent on the attack against Salman Rushdie, despite issuing a religious decree calling for his death more than three decades ago.
However, government supporters lauded the stabbing of Mr. Rushdie on social media, seeing it as the ayatollah’s fatwa being put into action.
A few people even expressed a desire for his demise. Others have threatened that those who oppose the Islamic Republic will meet the same fate.