According to Raheel Raza, who herself is an outspoken critic of Islam, “The fact that a man who stood for freedom of thought was nearly stabbed to death in a public forum in New York sends shockwaves through all journalists and writers who stand for freedom of expression.”
Rebel NewsBritish-Indian author Salman Rushdie, was scheduled to give a lecture at the education center in Chautauqua Institution located in southwestern New York. A Muslim man ran up to the stage and attacked him with a knife in the neck and abdomen. Police detained the assailant named Hadi Matar, 24, from Fairview, New Jersey.
In 1988, after Rushdie published his now ‘infamous’ novel The Satanic Verses, all hell broke loose in the Muslim world when the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini accused the author of blasphemy and in 1989 issued a fatwa (a religious edict) against him, putting a bounty on his head, which amounted to 3.3 million dollars today.
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Who is RAHEEL RAZA and why I wish that all Muslims were just like her:
Raheel Raza is a leading global voice against Islamist extremism. Raheel is the Chairman of the Rebel News Advisory Board, President of The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow, a founding member of The Muslim Reform Movement, author of the book Their Jihad – Not My Jihad, award-winning journalist, public speaker, and advocate for human rights, gender equality and dignity in diversity.