Book Review: Rushdie, Haunted by his unholy ghosts

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by Mohammad Arshed Ahmedi (Author)


Feeding the poor and needy is an act that draws us closer to Allah. We earn His forgiveness, mercies and blessings through this act of charity.

“Anyone who looks after and works for a widow and a poor person is like a warrior fighting for Allah?s cause, or like a person who fasts during the day and prays all night. (Bukhari)

When Salman Rushdie published his so-called novel in 1988, it unleashed an unprecedented controversy throughout the world. Marches were organised and demonstrations were raised protesting against the contents of the book. In view of the depth of feeling that was aroused, some of these meetings inevitably broke into violence and several people were injured or killed. Rushdie is also noted to be vain and conceited and some- one who has been hankering after publicity. It was the prospect of being able to court such publicity that prompted him, at least in part, to write such a controversial novel.

The book he eventually wrote attempted to assassinate the character of the Holy Prophet(sa) and other revered personalities in the history of Islam. But assassins seldom act alone and here, Ahmedi reveals compelling evidence, circumstantial if nothing else, that other agencies must have been at play. How, he argues, could an author who himself has claimed not to have any interest in Islam, write abusive passages against its personalities and do so in such a way as to infl ict the maximum injury to those who revere them? Why, he adds, was such a large sum paid to the author well before its printing and why did the publishers consistently refuse to refrain from going ahead with the publication despite advance warnings from some of its most prominent advisors? These questions and others can only be resolved if one concludes that Rushdie was put up to this and mischief was the ultimate purpose

  1. Language English
  2. Publisher Islam International Publications Ltd
  3. Publication date January 1, 2007
  4. ISBN-10185372925

Product details

  • Publisher : Islam International Publications Ltd (January 1, 2007)
  • Language : English
  • ISBN-10 : 1853729256
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1853729256
  • Item Weight : 14.1 ounces

source Rushdie Haunted by his unholy ghosts: Mohammad Arshed Ahmedi: 9781853729256: Books

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