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Wednesday, 29 December, 1999, 13:58 GMT
Full text: Kidneys for Rushdie's head

Text of Iranian newspaper Kayhan's report on new threat to Salman Rushdie

Registration forms will soon appear on the Internet global network to campaign for the execution of the death sentence against Salman Rushdie, in accordance with the fatwa of His Holiness Imam [Ruhollah Khomeyni].

Muslims can register by filling these forms to offer financial support to the campaign.

In the month of Bahman last year [21 January - 20 February 1999], the Corps of God's Apostle [Prophet Muhammad], peace be upon him - affiliated to the Karbala Cultural Centre of Martyr Chamran's Basij Base in Mashhad - launched a countrywide campaign named 'Labbayk Ya Khomeyni' ['O Khomeyni, we respond to your call'].

In the wake of this campaign, hundreds of Basij volunteers and other Muslim people of our country filled special forms, promising to sell one of their kidneys so as to offer financial assistance to anyone who carries out Imam Khomeyni's fatwa.

On the basis of this report, over the past year 508 of our compatriots have filled the special forms to announce their readiness to sell one of their kidneys for this purpose.

In this connection, six other Muslims from Lebanon, India, Pakistan and Iraq have declared their readiness to offer financial assistance.

According to this report, in view of the enthusiasm and registration of our compatriots and a number of Muslims from other countries, the organisers of the campaign will soon put up forms on the Internet, enabling Muslims of the world to register and offer various kinds of support to the campaign of carrying out the fatwa of the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

An official of the Basij in the 'Labbayk Ya Khomeyni' campaign said: "The permit for putting up forms on the Internet was obtained from the relevant officials and the Supreme Leader's representative in the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps.

And thanks to the co-operation of the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research in Khorasan Province, the said forms named 'Labbayk Ya Khomeyni' will soon appear on the Internet global network.

Furthermore, early next year the organisers of the campaign will hold a conference for the scholars of the Islamic world to discuss Imam Khomeyni's thoughts and his fatwa against Salman Rushdie.

In order to enliven the Imam's fatwa, the country's political and state officials will be asked to register their names too.

In this respect, detailed and comprehensive letters containing the registration forms will be sent to the state authorities by post. This will encourage them to participate in the campaign.

We remind our readers that following the publication of Salman Rushdie's book named 'The Satanic Verses', which offended the sanctities of Muslims and the noble Prophet, His Holiness Imam Khomeyni issued a fatwa on 25th Bahman 1367 [13th February 1989].

The fatwa calls for a death sentence against the apostate writer, Salman Rushdie.

Source: Kayhan website, Tehran, in Persian 28 December 1999

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