The beautiful poet 32 years his junior who is ‘nursing Salman Rushdie back to health’


She is the beautiful poet 32 years his junior who is believed to be serving to nurse Sir Salman Rushdie back to well being.

Rachel Eliza Griffiths, 43, loved a romantic ‘author’s retreat’ with Sir Salman in a Fifteenth-century Italian fort simply weeks earlier than a crazed knifeman tried to stab the 75-year-old writer of The Satanic Verses to dying.

Last evening Dana Prescott, who organised the retreat, confirmed the couple spent 18 days collectively at Civitella Ranieri Castle in Umbria final month and claimed Sir Salman declined her provide to present safety.

‘I did ask him if he had any safety considerations as I’m in a position to ask the carabinieri [police] to attend our occasions, or be current on the entrance, and he stated, ‘Absolutely not, that is in my previous.”

Ms Prescott stated the couple gave a joint discuss on the fort.

Rachel Eliza Griffiths (pictured), 43, enjoyed a romantic 'writer's retreat' with Sir Salman Rushdie weeks before the attack in New York

(*32*)Rachel Eliza Griffiths (pictured), 43, loved a romantic ‘author’s retreat’ with Sir Salman Rushdie weeks earlier than the assault in New York

Sir Salman has been beneath a ‘fatwa’, or dying sentence, since 1989 when his controversial novel was known as blasphemous by some Muslims. 

Last evening he remained in hospital with life-changing accidents after being stabbed 15 instances within the neck and torso at a literary occasion in New York state on August 12. His agent has stated he could lose a watch.

Suspect Hadi Matar, 24, appeared in courtroom final week and pleaded not responsible to tried homicide and assault.

It is unclear when love first blossomed for American-born Ms Griffiths and the writer. 

Her social Media account incorporates images of the pair at occasions starting in 2017 and she or he was by Sir Salman’s aspect when he celebrated his 72nd birthday in London in June 2019. 

They have been photographed collectively at literary gatherings in New York and London earlier this 12 months.

She is represented by the identical New York literary company, Wylie, as 4 times-married Sir Salman.

His final spouse was Padma Lakshmi, the tv host and mannequin, with the couple splitting in 2007.

When Ms Griffiths revealed her first guide of poems and images in 2020, Seeing The Body, she cryptically thanked: ‘My beautiful and extraordinary love, S.’

Public information within the US seem to present Ms Griffiths and Sir Salman could have bought a house collectively in Delaware earlier this 12 months.

While she has declined to remark publicly on the assault, she posted {a photograph} on Instagram for her 6,500 followers this week of herself in a discipline of sunflowers writing: ‘Gathering each energy and wound love provides us. Let me have awe’, adopted by a praying palms emoji.

Left to Right: Milan Rushdie, Eliza Griffiths, Salman Rushdie, Natalie Rushdie and Zafar Rushdie attend The 2019 Booker Prize at The Guildhall on October 14, 2019 in London

(*32*)Left to Right: Milan Rushdie, Eliza Griffiths, Salman Rushdie, Natalie Rushdie and Zafar Rushdie attend The 2019 Booker Prize at The Guildhall on October 14, 2019 in London

She seems to have been embraced by Sir Salman’s household, with his youthful sister Sameen posting birthday needs to Ms Griffiths on social Media.

A supply informed The Mail on Sunday: ‘Rachel is beautiful and proficient and it is no surprise Salman is besotted by her. 

‘But she clearly desires to be recognised as an artist in her personal proper. She and Salman have been photographed collectively over the years. 

‘She has by no means spoken publicly about their relationship and nor has he. But it is an open secret that they’re collectively.’

On Friday, a whole bunch of Rushdie supporters gathered in entrance of the New York Public Library to present help for the injured writer. Writers together with Gay Talese, Colum McCann and Tina Brown, joined the gang.

American novelist Jeffrey Eugenides informed how he was so in awe of Rushdie he determined to go to him in London within the Eighties: ‘I regarded him up within the London cellphone guide. 

‘There it was, beneath the Rs – Rushdie, Salman, together with an handle and a phone quantity. 

‘As it turned out, Salman wasn’t at dwelling . . . however his mother-in-law let me in. I informed her why I used to be there . . . and I wrote a word to Mr Rushdie and left it for him. 

‘That was a world we used to stay in . . . that world was known as civilisation.’

Sir Salman’s son Zafar stated his father’s ‘common feisty & defiant sense of humour stays intact’ regardless of ‘life-changing accidents’. Ms Griffiths declined to remark final evening.

Chairman of a British-based Islamic Human Rights Commission — that has has obtained greater than £1.4 million in charity money — praised the fatwa on Sir Salman Rushdie lower than a 12 months in the past 

By Max Aitchison for The Mail on Sunday 

The chairman of a British-based human rights organisation which has obtained over £1.4 million in charity money praised the fatwa on Sir Salman Rushdie lower than a 12 months in the past, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Massoud Shadjareh, founder and chairman of the controversial Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), spoke fondly of the dying sentence imposed on the author in 1989 following the publication of his novel The Satanic Verses.

Massoud Shadjareh, founder and chairman of the controversial Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC)

(*32*)Massoud Shadjareh, founder and chairman of the controversial Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC)

The IHRC, which has been described by former Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn as representing ‘all that is finest in Islam’, is intently aligned with Iran and its leaders have beforehand declared the West as ‘the enemy’.

It has proven help for terrorists detained within the UK and the US, together with hate preacher Abu Hamza.

Addressing an Islamophobia convention final December, Mr Shadjareh stated: ‘I’m sufficiently old to keep in mind what was occurring on the time of the Rushdie affair. 

We weren’t organised as a Muslim group. We did not even have any enormous nationwide umbrella organisations.

‘But strange Muslims from all completely different backgrounds, even these who weren’t absolutely working towards, they got here with the understanding that this was mistaken they usually supported the fatwa in opposition to this.’

Mr Shadjareh, 70, has beforehand described Iran’s notorious supreme chief Ayatollah Khomeni, who issued the fatwa, as a ‘torch of sunshine for the entire of mankind’.

The IHRC is primarily funded by its charitable arm, the Islamic Human Rights Commission Trust, which shares the identical handle in Wembley, North London.

The charity has funnelled greater than £1.4 million in donations to the IHRC and has benefited from over £300,000 in taxpayer-funded present assist donations over the past six years. 

The IHRC Trust charity additionally obtained over £20,000 in Government grants through the pandemic.

The Charity Commission carried out a two-year investigation into the connection between the IHRC and its belief, however didn’t order any adjustments.

The IHRC additionally organises the annual Al Quds march in London, at which many attendees wave the flag of Hezbollah, the Iran-backed Lebanese terror group outlawed by the Home Secretary in 2019.

In 2020, Mr Shadjareh spoke at a vigil held for the Iranian basic Qasem Soleimani after he was killed by the US.

He stated: ‘We work laborious to be certain there might be many, many extra Qasem Soleimanis. We aspire to change into like him.’

He has additionally backed ex-Labour chief Jeremey Corbyn’s Peace and Justice Project.

Sir Salman suffered a broken liver in addition to severed nerves in an arm and eye accidents within the ferocious assault in New York final weekend.

His alleged attacker, Hadi Matar, praised the Ayatollah in an interview from jail final week and described Sir Salman was ‘somebody who attacked Islam’. 

Iran's infamous supreme leader Ayatollah Khomeni, who issued the fatwa

(*32*)Iran’s notorious supreme chief Ayatollah Khomeni, who issued the fatwa

Mr Matar, 24, has pleaded not responsible to the assault.

Dr Alan Mendoza, government director of the Henry Jackson Society, stated: ‘The IHRC is a regarding organisation that has given its help to quite a few controversial and harmful causes over the years.

‘Its chairman now being linked to pro-Rushdie fatwa rhetoric merely reinforces the concept regardless of the division of its construction, no authorities funding ought to be directed to it.’

A report revealed by the Henry Jackson society in 2019 concluded that the IHRC is an ‘institutionally pro-terrorist and anti-Semitic organisation’.

Last evening, Mr Shadjareh refused to condemn the latest assault on Sir Salman.

Mr Shadjareh refused to condemn the recent attack on Sir Salman

(*32*)Mr Shadjareh refused to condemn the latest assault on Sir Salman

He stated: ‘It appears The Mail on Sunday doesn’t perceive the discuss I gave in December 2021 or extra broadly the problems across the ‘fatwa’ and the Muslim group’s response to it.

‘In the spirit of honesty, openness and inquiry I counsel they organise an occasion the place I and possibly one among their contributors similar to Peter Hitchens can have a dialogue concerning the affair, and what Muslims usually and I particularly really feel concerning the matter.’

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