The shockwaves following gruesome attack on eminent novelist Salman Rushdie are still rippling through public discourse, although Western media cartel has started burying this issue beneath so much of its propaganda agendas, while it is important to note, the fatwa against Rushdie was not the first of its kind. Almost 76 years ago, a similar fatwa was issued by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s mentor Navvab Safavi against a writer named Ahmad Kasravi.
Navvab Safavi founded an organization named Fedayeen of Islam. This group was responsible for a string of assassinations in the 1950s, including three Iranian Prime Ministers. Safavi also visited Qutb in Egypt in 1951 and is believed to have been responsible for introducing Khomeini to the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Ahmad Kasravi had begun his career as a Shi’a cleric. A prolific writer, linguist and historian, Kasravi had turned against Islam and advocated a secular society. In response, Safavi imposed his fatwa on Kasravi: “We won’t allow loose tongues to criticize Islam”.
In 1946, Fedayeen of Islam followers burst into the Tehran courtroom where Kasravi had been summoned to answer charges that he had slandered Islam. The assailants savagely stabbed and murdered Kasravi and his assistant.
Kasravi had written: “Our words have deep, strong roots and will never be eradicated with a pistol.” Salman Rushdie echoes his words of defiance: “If somebody’s trying to shut you up, sing louder, and if possible, better”.
But ideology also has strong roots. One must never discount its power to persuade, amplified by poorly policed social media. The ideas of Qutb, Safavi and Khomeini are still being propagated today by the rogue mullahs of Islamic Republic of Iran under its Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
According to Abbas Milani, a Stanford professor, Khamenei only ever had four books translated from Arabic into Persian: all were works by Sayyid Qutb, the most important ideologue of the (Sunni) Muslim Brotherhood. The link between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Iranian clerics transcends the enmity between Sunni and Shi’a. The Iranians have shown themselves willing and able to support Sunni terrorist groups, such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad, if they serve Iran’s purposes.
Sayyid Qutb provided the intellectual underpinning for the Muslim Brotherhood, a movement founded in Egypt in 1928 to challenge western modernity and restore an authentic caliphate based on sharia law. The movement was virulently anti-Semitic. It absorbed Western conspiracy theories that the Jews wished to control the world. It advocated violence, not just against infidels, but states which purported to be Muslim: they were just cyphers for Western imperialism. Qutb was jailed by Egypt’s President Nasser for 15 years and ultimately hanged.
As we know by now, Rushdie attacked Hadi Matar had intended to carry out the nefarious fatwa (religious edict) pronounced by Ayatollah Rohullah Khomeini more than 33 years ago. According to media records, Khomeini issued this fatwa even without reading the contents of Rushdie’s book ‘Satanic Verses’. Meaning, either he was provoked by radical Islamic elements within his inner circle or he had passed this fatwa out of his vengeance against the friends of the Western countries.
While it was reported in the media that Hadi Matar is a diehard supporter of Iran’s notorious Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), while following the gruesome attack on Salman Rushdie, Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias in the Arabic-speaking world have been open in their support for him. Iranian media outlets and members of the rogue mullah regime had shown the extreme inhumanity by celebrating this attack and some of them even went further by wishing Rushdie’s death.
Unfortunate fact is, despite Iranian mullah regime’s poisonous agenda of causing optimum damage to the State of Israel, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and the Western world, US President Joe Biden and key members of his administration visibly is desperately pushing-forward the agenda of granting Tehran the opportunity of finally emerging into a nuclear nation through the so-called Iran nuclear deal.