We Have A Fatwa: Imam Gets In Deeper than He Think$. "I didn't know there were 12," sez cheapskate cleric! Rushdie still in hot water: "Ayatollyah so," egghead claims


A Pakistani cleric has finally put some money down in the intoonfada. Anybody looking to earn more than $12 million and 12 cars merely has to track down and kill the authors of the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons. Mohammed Yousaf Qureshi, prayer leader at the Mohabat Khan mosque in Peshawar, offers $25,000 and a ride for the assassin:

He also said a local jewelers' association would give $1 million but no representative of the association was available to confirm it had made the offer.

"This is a unanimous decision of by all imams (prayer leaders) of Islam that whoever insults the prophet deserves to be killed and whoever will take this insulting man to his end, will get this prize," Qureshi told about 1,000 people outside the mosque after Friday prayers.

Qureshi did not name any cartoonist in his announcement and did not appear to be aware that 12 different people had drawn the pictures.

Yeah, well when I show up with all 12 heads in a jumbo cooler, he'd better pay up, is all I'm saying.

Note on the title: I suspect the reward offered is not technically a fatwa, but somebody with a better understanding of Islamic jurisprudence can clear that up. Happily, however, the Martyrs Foundation of Iran has now announced that "Imam Khomeini's fatwa on the apostate Salman Rushdie will remain in force for eternity," and that go-getters can pick up a cool $2.8 million for bagging the controversial author. Daniel Pipes saw that one coming nearly eight years ago.

Special American-Fatwa bonus: Complete coverage of the unfolding Daily Illini controversy.