Tehran, June 17, IRNA - Iran on Sunday said knighting Indian-born author Salman Rushdie, one of the most disgusted persons in the Islamic societies, was a clear proof of Islamophobia among high-ranking British officials.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini made the remark at his weekly press conference in a reaction to knighting Rushdie by British Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday. Rushdie, 59, was issued with an irrevocable death fatwa (religious ruling) by Father of the Islamic Revolution of Iran, the late Imam Khomeini in 1989.
"The move showed violating the sanctities of Islamic holy sites is not accidental but organized and is conducted with the support and under the guidance of certain Western states," Hosseini said.
"Honoring a hated apostate will definitely put the British statesmen against the Islamic societies because it has once again hurt their (Muslims') feelings," the spokesman added.
Imam Khomeini issued a death sentence against Rushdie 18 years ago over his book "The Satanic Verses," which insulted Prophet Mohammad
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