Ahmed Salman Rushdie is an English writer from India who once became a little more famous than he himself desired. With his works, the author attracted close attention of the Muslim society and was persecuted for his activities.
The fact is that Mr. Rushdie is the author of the acclaimed book "Satanic Verses", which has caused violent protests from devout Muslims around the world. The scandalous novel by the British writer touches upon religious topics, and one of the characters is copied from the prophet Muhammad, so that for all Muslims in the world, Ahmed became a blasphemer. For the creation of "Satanic Verses" Ayatollah (Muslim theologian) Khomeini cursed Rushdie in 1988, imposing the death penalty as a punishment, and called on all the faithful to help carry out the sentence. In addition, according to the Ayatollah, death was to befall not only the author himself, but also all persons who were somehow involved in the creation of the accursed work.
It should be noted that the "Satanic Verses" caused a storm of indignation in the Muslim world. The Zanzibar government imposed a penalty for keeping the book - three years in prison and a fine of $ 2, 500; in Malaysia - also three years in prison and a fine of $ 7, 400; in Indonesia, a month in prison or a fine. In Venezuela, reading was given 15 months in prison; in Japan, sellers of an English-language publication received fines. The only country where the vast majority of the population is Muslim, but the novel has not been banned, is Turkey. Several bookstores in the United States and Great Britain were set on fire and blown up, a Japanese translator was killed, and around 10 people were killed and over 100 injured in stampedes at demonstrations.
On February 16, 1989, Rushdie entered the British government's witness protection program. The Muslim conflict with Ahmed Rushdie led to the severance of diplomatic relations between the UK and Iran. The British government did not seek to extradite its subject to determined Muslims. Moreover, the writer was a member of the Royal Society of Literature and the Booker Prize laureate for the novel "Children of Midnight." Fuel was added to the fire by the fact that the Iranians appointed a solid monetary reward in the amount of US $ 2 million for Rushdie's head.
Over time, the award was increased to $ 2.5 million. It could be received not only by a Muslim, but also by any other person who provided evidence of Rushdie's death.
They tried to resolve the protracted conflict peacefully. Rushdie publicly repented and asked for forgiveness from the Muslims, but the Ayatollah's successor, Ali Khemenei, said that even if the writer became the most pious man of our time, it would not save him from imminent punishment.
In 1998, President Khatami came to power in Iran. And, trying to improve relations with the West, the new government announced that it was not going to take any action that could harm the health and life of the author. Only there was a legal movement in the country called the Revolutionary Guard, whose members did not intend to so easily remove all sins from the writer. Guards said that Rushdie's verdict remained in place and that the bounty for the murder was raised to $ 3.3 million.
In 2007, Ahmed Salman Rushdie was awarded the knighthood, which caused a new wave of indignation from the Iranian society. In February 2016, the Iranian media service reported that another $ 600, 000 would be added to the award for the murder of the writer. But, whatever the price, the author of the scandalous "Satanic Poems" is still alive, hiding from society somewhere in the UK.