A new video game is coming out in Iran. It is called, “The Stressful Life Of Salman Rushdie and Implementation Of His Verdict.” Yeah, a catchy title, I know. The game is being used by the government sponsored Iranian Islamic Association of Students to introduce the third and fourth generations of Iranians to the fatwa against Salman Rushdie and the importance of the fatwa. So, just what is a fatwa?
A fatwa is simply an opinion handed down by an Islamic scholar about some aspect of Islamic law. That seems simple enough, doesn’t it? Ok, so what did Salman Rushdie do? He was accused of blasphemy and profaning Islam with his 1988 novel The Satanic Verses. Who handed down the fatwa against him? Good question. The person responsible for the fatwa is no other than the Ayatollah Khomeini. The Ayatollah handed down the fatwa about 23 years ago. Supposedly, the Ayatollah saying Rushdie should die is just a opinion. Well, some in Iran have decided that the opinion should come true and Rushdie should die for his “sin”. The problem is that Rushdie has been successful in staying alive. The Iranians have been unable to kill him. With all the rumors that we will go to war with Iran, one has to wonder, if they can’t kill ONE man, how will they battle the United States? Just a thought.
Many within Islam blame the media for the definition of fatwa becoming associated with a death sentence. Islam claims that a fatwa is not a death sentence. I would say that the people in Iran need to get their story straight. They accuse anyone of propaganda but have they looked in the mirror. They are using this video game as propaganda for their youth. I guess they think that one of those kids will grow up and finally put Salman Rushdie to his death. Talk about a bunch of hypocrites!
I better be careful, I don’t want a fatwa issued for me. If they do issue one for me, I will be sure to ask Salman Rushdie just what are the best ways to avoid them. After all, he has had 23 years of experience.