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Salman Rushdie Attack: Do Muslims Need To Defend The Honour Of Allah And His Prophet?

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Salman Rushdie Attack: Do Muslims Need To Defend The Honour Of Allah And His Prophet?

The idea that Allah and Prophet Muhammad’s honour needs to be upheld at any cost has firmly made a home in the Muslim mindset

The radical: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini Photo: Getty Images

If my memory serves me right, I first saw Salman Rushdie standing next to his ex-wife Padma Lak­shmi in a photo that was published in a magazine. Padma Lakshmi looked otherwor­l­dly beautiful in a knee-length dress and along with her was a middle-­aged man with a rotund belly and a receding hairline. He had his hand comfortably gripping the dainty wai­stline of this model with a sheepish smile on his face. My reaction to the photograph was that of any teenager: how on earth?

Many years later while studying in England, I found his book Midnight’s Children, a powerful saga of postcolonial India through the eyes of a boy, Saleem, who is born at the time of Ind­ia’s independence. Rushdie’s language and the use of incredibly imaginative prose lay the development of the generational shift that took place in independent India for the large audience outside of it. In a sense, Midnight’s Children is a story of a young, modern country that is licking its wounds while it wades ahead into a future of possibilities (though not bereft of violence).

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