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

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 fortress simply weeks earlier than a crazed knifeman tried to stab the 75-year-old creator 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 mentioned, ‘Absolutely not, that is in my previous.”

Ms Prescott mentioned the couple gave a joint discuss on the fortress.

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 referred to 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 mentioned he could lose an eye fixed.

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 creator. 

Her social media account comprises pictures of the pair at occasions starting in 2017 and she or he was by Sir Salman’s facet when he celebrated his 72nd birthday in London in June 2019. 

They had been photographed collectively at literary gatherings in New York and London earlier this year.

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 printed her first e book 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 year.

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 subject of sunflowers writing: ‘Gathering each power 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

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 instructed The Mail on Sunday: ‘Rachel is beautiful and gifted and it is no marvel 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, tons of of Rushdie supporters gathered in entrance of the New York Public Library to present assist for the injured creator. Writers together with Gay Talese, Colum McCann and Tina Brown, joined the group.

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

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

‘As it turned out, Salman wasn’t at residence . . . however his mother-in-law let me in. I instructed 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 referred to as civilisation.’

Sir Salman’s son Zafar mentioned his father’s ‘regular 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 year 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 year 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)

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 carefully aligned with Iran and its leaders have beforehand declared the West as ‘the enemy’.

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

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

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

‘But unusual Muslims from all completely different backgrounds, even these who weren’t absolutely practising, they got here with the understanding that this was improper and so they 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 reward assist donations during the last six years. 

The IHRC Trust charity additionally obtained over £20,000 in Government grants throughout 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 modifications.

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 normal Qasem Soleimani after he was killed by the US.

He mentioned: ‘We work arduous to ensure that there might be many, many extra Qasem Soleimanis. We aspire to turn 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

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, mentioned: ‘The IHRC is a regarding organisation that has given its assist 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 that regardless of the division of its structure, no authorities funding must be directed to it.’

A report printed 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 current assault on Sir Salman.

Mr Shadjareh refused to condemn the recent attack on Sir Salman

Mr Shadjareh refused to condemn the current assault on Sir Salman

He mentioned: ‘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 neighborhood’s response to it.

‘In the spirit of honesty, openness and inquiry I recommend they organise an occasion the place I and perhaps one in every of their contributors comparable to Peter Hitchens can have a dialogue in regards to the affair, and what Muslims usually and I particularly really feel in regards to the matter.’

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