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Peace Train: Images from Iran

A slideshow of images from Iran with music by Yusuf Islam, formerly Cat Stevens.
A slideshow of images from Iran with music by Yusuf Islam, formerly Cat Stevens.

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About Yusuf and freedom of speech 29.Jan.2007 13:25

helena handcart

I have read "Satanic Verses" by Rushdie, and quite enjoyed it.

Go down to the May 1989 sentence from this excerpt from Wikkipedia, and see what Yusuf said about killing Rushdie. This is no reason to bar Yusuf from America, or to harm Iranians, but it is a reason to vomit at the sound of Cat Stevens.

# February 14, 1989: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini of Iran issues a fatwa calling on all Muslims to execute all those involved in the publication of the novel; the 15 Khordad Foundation, an Iranian religious foundation or bonyad, offers a monetary reward for the murder of Rushdie.
# February 16, 1989: Rushdie enters the protection program of the British government and issues a statement regretting the offense the novel has caused; Khomeini responds by reiterating: "It is incumbent on every Muslim to employ everything he has, his life and his wealth, to send [Rushdie] to hell."
# February 17, 1989: Iranian leader Ali Khamenei says Rushdie could be pardoned if he apologises [4].
# February 18, 1989: Rushdie apologizes just as Khamenei has suggested; initially, Irna (the official Iranian news agency) says Rushdie's statement "is generally seen as sufficient enough to warrant his pardon".[5]
# February 22, 1989: The novel is published in the U.S.A.; two major bookstore chains, under threat, remove the novel from one-third of the nation's bookstores.
# February 24, 1989: Iranian businessman offers a $3 million bounty for the death of Rushdie.
# February 24, 1989: Twelve people die in anti-Rushdie rioting in Bombay, India.
# February 28, 1989: Two bookstores in Berkeley, California, are firebombed for selling the novel.
# March 7, 1989: Britain breaks diplomatic relations with Iran.
# March 1989: The Organization of the Islamic Conference calls on its 46 member governments to prohibit the novel. The Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar sets the punishment for possession of the book as three years in prison and a fine of $2,500; in Malaysia, three years in prison and a fine of $7,400; in Indonesia, a month in prison or a fine. The only nation with a predominantly Muslim population where the novel remains legal is Turkey. Several nations with large Muslim minorities, including Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Tanzania, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, also impose penalties for possessing the novel.
# May 1989: Popular musician Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens) gives indirect support for the fatwa and states during a British television documentary, according to the New York Times, that if Rushdie shows up at his door, he "might ring somebody who might do more damage to him than he would like... I'd try to phone the Ayatollah Khomeini and tell him exactly where this man is." Yusuf Islam later denies giving any support to the fatwa. [6] For more on this topic see Cat Stevens: Rushdie Controversy

February 14, 2006: Iran's official state news agency reports on the anniversary of the decree that the government-run Martyrs Foundation has announced, "The fatwa by Imam Khomeini in regard to the apostate Salman Rushdie will be in effect forever", and that one of Iran's state bonyad, or foundations, has offered a $2.8 million bounty on his life.