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date: 15 April 2024

Salman Rushdie 1947–  

  1. I would like to inform all the intrepid Muslims in the world that the author of the book entitled The Satanic Verses, which has been compiled, printed and published in opposition to Islam, the Prophet and the Qur'an, as well as those publishers who were aware of its contents, have been declared madhur el dam [those whose blood must be shed]. I call on all zealous Muslims to execute them quickly, wherever they find them, so that no-one will dare to insult Islam again. Whoever is killed in this path will be regarded as a martyr.
    Ruhollah Khomeini 1900–89 Iranian Shiite Muslim leader: fatwa against Salman Rushdie, issued 14 February 1989