The attack occurred last week during a lecture in New York state. This was soon followed by the arrest of 24-year-old Hadi Matar. against the New York Post He says Salman is “not a good person”. “He is someone who attacked Islam.”
The newspaper reported that Hadi refused to disclose whether he was inspired by the late Iranian Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. In 1989, he issued a fatwa against Salman for his novel The Verses of Satan. This book is considered blasphemous by some Muslims. Salman went into hiding after several threats until the Iranian government abandoned the fatwa in 1998.
The suspect, who was described by Ayatollah Khomeini as “a wonderful person,” says he read a few pages of Salman’s controversial book. He is also said to have seen videos of Salman giving lectures. In it Hadi found Salman to be “unfaithful”.
Hadi’s parents are from Lebanon, but he himself was born in the United States. His single mother said in the media that her son was not raised religiously, but he may have turned into an extremist after visiting his father in Lebanon.
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