Senior Iranian Clerics: Fatawa Calling for Death of Salman Rushdie is Immutable

Senior Iranian Clerics: Fatawa Calling for Death of Salman Rushdie is Immutable

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Three senior clerics in Iran state publicly that the fatwa calling for the death of British author Salman Rushdie is irrevocable and that it's the duty of all Muslims to see that it is implemented.

A couple of days ago the Iranian government promised that it would "neither support nor hinder assassination operations on Rushdie" as part of the conditions for restoring diplomatic relations with Great Britain, and today's statements are seen as a direct response to that.

Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Fazel Lankarani says:

"I heard that England is under the illusion that the fatwa against the apostate Rushdie will be revoked. This fatwa is irrevocable and cannot be changed at any time. It is obligatory to carry out the fatwa."

Ayatollah Hossein Mazaheri, who is a representative for Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, says:

"The execution of the divine death sentence remains a duty for every Muslim until the day of resurrection."

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