Author Salman Rashide was attacked and stabbed in the neck on Friday while onstage in Chautauqua in Western New York. The 75 year old author got attention for his book ‘Midnight’s children’ in the year 1981 and he is pretty famous for his book ‘The Satanic Verses’ which he published in the year 1988.
Who is Salman Rashide?
Salman Rashide was born on 19 June 1947 in Mumbai, India to a Kashmiri Muslim Family. Rashide’s father was Anis Ahmed Rushdie, a Cambridge-educated lawyer and a businessman and his mother was a teacher.
Salman Rushdie grew up in Bombay and he attended the Cathedral and John Connon School in Fort, South Bombay. After that he moved to England from India to attend the Rugby School in Rugby, Warwickshire, and then he graduated from the King’s College, Cambridge with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.
After graduating from Cambridge, Rashide moved to Pakistan to live with his family who moved there from Mumbai, before moving permanently to the UK.
Salman Rushdie’s Novel ‘The Satanic Verses’
In the year 1998, Rushdie published a book called ‘The Satanic Verses’ which created a massive outrage and the book was banned shortly after publication in many countries including India, Iran’s then Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini called for Rushdie’s execution for publishing the book for its blasphemous content and he triggered a fatwa against Rushdie.
Because of the book ‘The Satanic Verses,’ Rashide was forced to hide for almost 10 years. In the year 1991 a Japanese translator of the book was also stabbed to death, and after a few months an Italian translator was also stabbed and a Norwegian publisher of the book, William Nygaard, was shot, but both of them survived the attack.
Who attacked Salman Rashide?
This attack on Salman Rashdi has again sparked the debate on Islam, The person who attacked Salman Rashide was identified as Hadi Matar, 24, from Fairview, New Jersey.
He stabbed Rashide on the neck and in the abdomen
The reason why Hadi Matar stabbed Salman Rashide is still unclear according to the police but Some reports have claimed that Hadi Matar had sympathies towards the Iranian Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini who called for Rashide’s death.
Hadi Mattar’s Facebook account had the photo of Ayatollah Khomeini, who issued a fatwa against Salman Rushdie in 1989 after his book ‘The Satanic Verses.’
Salman Rashide’s current situation
Salman Rashide’s current situation is very serious. He is currently undergoing treatment in the hospital and according to various sources, he might lose an eye because of the surgery.