Critique Of “The Salman Rushdie Case: An Islamic View”

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Khalid Zaheer is a fervent critic of liberal and religious extremism, and firmly believes that Islam provides a remedy for this plague by preaching an ideology of a pluralistic society that espouses of peace, harmony and egalitarianism. His article, “The Salman Rushdie Case: An Islamic View” was posted on his official website in July 2007 and is aimed at addressing the resentment against Salman Rushdie’s controversial book “The Satanic Verses” in the Muslim community. Muslims accused Rushdie of apostasy and blasphemy against their prophet and demanded his immediate execution. In his article, Zaheer bases his claims on credible historical religious evidence and argues that the Muslim demand ...view middle of the document...

And fear Allah; indeed Allah knows what you do" and “When the people of the book, the Jews and the Christians, criminally denied the prophet's message, they too became eligible for the divine punishment... were forced to live the life of second-rate citizens in the Muslim society on paying Jizya, the non-Muslim tax” to persuade the reader that fair trial is a fundamental right granted by the holy Book and execution was never a necessary penalty for blasphemers even in the prophet’s era. Therefore, Rushdie’s execution without appropriate trial is synonymous with the rejection of the God’s Word. Similarly, Zaheer’s repetitive use of epithets such as ‘alaihissalaam’ and ‘our’ as in “blaspheming against the prophet, alaihissalaam, did not amount to creating mischief…” and in “the very reputation of our faith and the sincerity of our attachment to it are also under strict scrutiny” imply that he strives to instill absolute reliability in his own personality and is unwilling to leave any room for the reader to question his sincerity to present an Islamic view on the Rushdie’s case. References to the credible sources, in order to gain the confidence of the reader, certainly play a central role to tailor the reader’s perceptions in accordance with the author’s view point.
Along with the rhetorical tactics, Zaheer attempts to support his arguments with a logical and periodical structure of ideas and thus captivates the reader’s interest. He first acknowledges the opposition’s arguments and then attenuates their strength by reprehending their inferential validity. After setting up the stage, he splits those arguments into bits and digs deeper into the religious history of Islam in order to refute the fundamental premises of those arguments by linking his assertions to the primary sources of Islamic common law – the holy Quran and Hadith. After that, he concludes the article by linking the rebuttal to his thesis and apprises the supporters of Rushdie’s killing of the “barbaric” consequences of such demands. Such an organized rebuttal followed by a smooth flow of ideas and logically established arguments plays an essential role in coaxing the audience.
Furthermore, frequent uses of rhetorical appeals to invoke the religious sentiments of the reader and strategic insertion of rhetorical questions effectively strengthen Zaheer’s claims and compel the reader to stop and reflect. Referring to the recurring demand of Rushdie’s execution from the Muslim community, the writer states, “It is not just that the life of an individual is at stake. The very reputation of our faith is and the sincerity of our attachment to it is also under strict scrutiny”, and thus has a sudden impact on the audience by evoking its religious feelings. Similarly, clever placement of rhetorical sentences such as “…by so demanding the head of Rushdie, Muslims are creating an impression in the minds of people that Islam was a barbaric religion” and then an instantaneous reference to an...

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