Ayatollah Khomeini

"I inform the proud Muslim people of the world that the author of the Satanic Verses book which is against Islam, the Prophet and the Koran, and all involved in its publication who were aware of its content, are sentenced to death."

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
FATWA issued February, 1989
against Salman Rushdie

Quotes from just after the Islamic Revolution in 1979:

"The mullahs are going to rule now. We are going to have ten thousand years of the Islamic republic. The Marxists are going to go on with their Lenin. We are going to go on in the way of Khomeini."
Ayatollah Khalkhali

"What he [Stalin] did in Russia we have to do in Iran.
We, too, have to do a lot of killing. A lot."
Behzad, Iranian interpreter for
Western journalist V.S. Naipaul

"There is no room for play in Islam... It is deadly serious about everything."
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
Speech at Qum,
reported in Timemagazine January 7, 1980

"Khomeini has offered us the opportunity to regain our frail religion... faith in the power of words."
Norman Mailer, at a meeting of authors ragarding the fatwa,
New York City, February 1989

Secondary Sources...

Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeini
"The Mystic Who Lit the Fires of Hatred"

Norman Mailer to Salman Rushdie
"So, my best to you, old man, wherever you are ensconced,
and may the muses embrace you."

"Man of the Year" for 1979
"The Mystic Who Lit the Fires of Hatred"

"Jihad Is an Individual Duty"
"...kill the Americans and plunder their money..."

Some discussions....

The Iranian Revolution and modern history.
"...speech can be termed as a good or bad action and in every society there is a restiction on exactly what is considered freedom of speech..."

Your site concerning (if that's the right word) the fatwa against Salman Rushdie is truly pathetic.
"Its gratuitous portrayal of 'satanic Islam' is one of the most irresponsible, intellecutally lame things I've seen on the web."

"May the Day come soon!"
"Our country [Iran] is suffering so it may soon find its rightful place in the world community and its just government."

"Blasphemy is a criminal offence all over the world."
"Salman rushdie is charged of doing so and must be punished. Simple as that."

"You do not see the bright light at the end of the tunnel, my friend."
"Your page is horridly racist to the Iranian government and Muslims in general, the proof being your devotion of the 'censorship' to the villian Rushdie and the twirling skulls next to pictures of the Iranian government at work."

"The issue of Salman Rushdie is - no pun intended - dead."
"This whole thing smacks of hypocrisy."

"I see that your religion is Catholicism and with mine being Christianity I hope that you can see my point."
"Out of respect for God and His Word, as well as out of respect for your mother, I would ask that you reconsider the posting of such material for all to read."

"As for the death sentence passed by the Ayatullah Khomeini (RA), as a Muslim I support it because it was in accordance with Islamic principles."
"Death for blashpemy is the punishment in Islam and Muhammad (SAW) himself had 3 people executed for this offense, so Khomeini was only performing his religious duty."

"I see you have also been brainwashed by the Americans, like many other Muslims, which is REALLY sad."
"Thanx to Khomeini Iran is the wayy IT SHOULD BE!! ans insha'allah IT WILL NEVER CHENGE with the help of Allah."

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