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The Danger Persists

A fatwa becomes legal only when a Muslim judge or ruler ratifies it. In Rushdie's case, Tehran ratified the fatwa and so Rushdie had to be heavily guarded.

The Danger Persists
The Danger Persists
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SALMAN Rushdie seems to be out of the iron clutches of the late Imam Khomeini's fatwa against him. Before the recent revocation of it by the Iranian government, he has, no doubt, suffered much. He now feels like a free bird, with the sword of death no longer hanging over him. But is that really so? I doubt it. The Iranian government's dissociation with the execution of the fatwa may have given him a breather, but there are others who appear determined to carry out the fatwa faithfully. Those who might have done the job for the lure of money may no longer be interested for none of the other offers of reward are backed by a bank guarantee. However, a Muslim charged with religious zeal could still be adamant to carry out its objective. Therein lies the danger to Rushdie's life. He has not ceased to be vulnerable. His killing may make his assassin believe that his place in paradise will be assured; he will not mind thereafter facing the gallows on earth.

Does fatwa enjoin on a faithful a religious obligation to carry it out? In the first place a fatwa is not, by itself, a decree...

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