#Iran (allegedly) issues fatwa against rapper

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The Iranian regime’s penchant for fatwa has not changed in the twenty-three years since Ayatollah Khomeini called for the death of Salman Rushdie for his Satanic Verses. Now, it is the turn of another Iranian Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Safi Golpayegani, to issue the famous religious edict for apostasy, according to Al Arabiya Farsi website (an organisation which finds no favor with me). This time, the victim is not a writer, but a rapper: Shahin Najafi, from the thriving underground network of Iranian rap. Censured because his music is considered “vulgar” and a symbol of “Western decadence”, the 31-year-old artist left Iran for Germany in 2005, to the delight of authorities.

via LePoint.

6 thoughts on “#Iran (allegedly) issues fatwa against rapper

      • Why don’t you post more information instead of criticising? That way, everyone can learn more and benefit from the additional input.

      • There are many rappers in Iran. Shahin Najafi insulted Iranians’ ninth Shia Imam and Islam itself in a horrible way. His crime is hate crime against the nation’s faith. Not because his music might be “vulgar” and a symbol of “Western decadence”. Cuz if that was the case, thousands of rappers in Iran should be expecting stuff like this. Not just Shahin.

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