The famous novelist and essayist, Salman Rushdie, who is popularly known for his award winning books and the controversial topics he picks, is again back in the headlines. The famous Home: Vintage Minis writer, Salman Rushdie has irked a controversy by angering the Islamists after he stated that Muslim’s religious book, Quran, is ‘unenjoyable.’ The famous writer, Salman Rushdie was also shortlisted for a Booker prize in 1988 for The Satanic Verses. However, the book which is considered as hate speech directed towards Muslims, is already banned in India.

This is not the first time when Salman Rushdie has mocked the religious sentiments of a particular community. Rushdie’s most controversial book The Satanic Verses is based on the life of Prophet Muhammad. Being too controversial, the book created uproar, inviting fatwa by the then Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, calling for Rushdie’s death.

According to what some people might suggest, ‘some people do not learn from their past’, and going by the current situation, Salman Rushdie tops the list. The novelist recently mocked the Muslim’s religious book, Quran by terming it ‘unenjoyable.’ Rushdie’s remarks were condemned by all the Muslim communities across the world.

According to reports, when Salman Rushdie was asked if Islam’s text should be edited to make it more enjoyable/interesting, the Booker prize winner claimed that editing of Quran is useless as most of it is not in narrative form. “Editing the Quran seems like a mug’s game, it’s not a very enjoyable book because most of it is not narrative”, he said. Salman Rushdie further added, “The big difference between the Old Testament, the New Testament and the Quran is that the Quran has the least narrative of them.”

He further added that he would not like to edit Quran as then he would have to read it. According to reports Rushdie said, “A third of the book is fulminations against the unbeliever and how they will rot in hell. Another third of the book is laws on how you should behave. So, no I wouldn’t edit it because then I’d have to read it, and I don’t want to do that.”

First Published | 12 October 2017 1:06 PM
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