On June 16th 07, Salman Rushdie, the author of the famous Satanic Verses was awarded knighthood by Queen of Britain. This news was followed by country wide protests against the knighthood awarded to Salman Rushdie.
This was followed by a statement from the Anti Censorship body in London which condemned the protests in Pakistan “In terms of censorship… we are extremely unhappy at this level of intimidation that surfaces every time there is dissent, criticism or comment on Islam,” Index on Censorship editor Jo Glanville told AFP. Ms Glanville said focus on the book The Satanic Verses was ‘inevitable’ but the 60-year-old author was recognized for his contribution to literature, particularly for creating a genre that ‘fuses east and west’
It seems that Ms Glanville and the Queen are unaware of the “Literary genius” of Rushdie which reflects in his ever famous book, The Satanic Verses.
Ahmed Deedat, the famous orator on Islam has written a book called Can you stomach the best of Rushdie? “The Satanic Verses” unexpurgated.which sheds light on the literary genius of Rushdie.
Ahmed Deedat writes:
Despite all my anger, sorrow and bitterness I still plead with my fellow Muslims in travail – “Stop crying”, “Don’t wail!”, “No more protest marches or book burning!” All our visible signs of pain and anguish are giving the enemies of Islam gleeful sadistic pleasures. I say, STOP IT! Turn the Tables!…
This publication , the word “UNEXPURGATED” , which means that Rushdie´s text in his original “The Satanic Verses” are not tampered with. That nothing is done by me to remove, expunge, erase any obscene or pornographic word or phrase. If you can´t stomach Rushdie´s “shit”[ This is a very mild expression from Rushdie’s book. See and hear me on video “Is Jesus God?”, a debate with Dr Shorrosh in which I was hard put skirting round and round this word and yet never coming to uttering it: in deference to my audience.] in print, please tear up this publication and throw it in your toilet pan. In all my lectures on Rushdie, I had warned my audiences in advance that my talks were “Definitely not for Prudes, children and Bashful Men and Women”!
“Admitted that Rushdie has many filthy, dirty and obscene things to say about Islam and its heroes and heroines: but sir, do you know what he has to say about you(The British) , his benefactors and protectors, what thanks he gives you for his upbringing, cultural and moral deportment, and unsolicited refuge and hospitality?”
Salman Rushdie has used exotic obscene hindi profanities which would go above the heads of many readers especially the English readers. He has come up with new obscene phrases for the English language.
He has used the b****** word 29 times and more than 50 f words in his 1500 page book .
His book is filled with profanities and slurs and obscene phrases. He did not even spare Margaret Thatcher or even the Queen of Britain. His book also contains racist comments against the black and even the whites and amazingly the British people as well, who it seems have now honored him for this.He has also explained the purpose of white women in this book, in case the white women didn’t know! He has not even spared the hindu gods.
Even if Salman Rushdies’ other books are a masterpiece of literature, how can a person who has written so much filth against EVERYONE and the British themselves and not only Islam be knighted and honored by the British?
Is this just to infuriate the Muslims into committing more attacks and bombings or is this sheer ignorance of his literary genius in Satanic Verses.?
What ever the motive, Muslims should not fall in this trap and start committing more bombings and attacks. This would tarnish Islam further instead of bringing about any change. The wise thing to do would be to propagate the true teaching of Islam and to make people aware of what Islam really is.
One amazing thing which changed my thinking was a documentary I saw on new Muslims. There was an American, who read the Satanic Verses and he realized what a biased and totally senseless book it was. He wanted to know the other side of the story, so he researched on Islam and amazingly he became a Muslim. He still keeps the copy of the satanic verses, coz he feels that was the book which led him to Islam! This was just one story. Maybe there are many others who read TSV and it led them to Islam.
So is Satanic Verses good or bad? Depends which angle you look at it…
Dawn June 17,2007: Rushdie Botham Knighted
Dawn June 20,07: Uk Envoy summoned over Rushdie Row
Dawn June 22,07: Protests held againt Rushdie Knighthood
Dawn June 22,07: Anti Censorship group assails protests