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 February 26, 2013
When Is an Islamic Fatwa not a Fatwa?
by: Sarwar Kashmeri

 

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini’s 1989 fatwa (or, binding religious decree) condemning author Salman Rushdie to death for his book The Satanic Verses still makes headlines, and is held up as an example of Islam’s intolerance and Iran’s depravity. So why then has the 2005 fatwa by Khomeini’s successor and Iran’s present Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei decreeing that it is not permissible in Islam to produce, stockpile, or use nuclear weapons barely seen the light of day?

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