New Jersey man’s mother charged stabbing salman rushdie He says his son was a basement loner who barely worked, never had a girlfriend — and “changed” after visiting the Middle East.
“‘I’m sorry for Mr. Rushdie,’ said Fardos.
As for her son, the mother said, “As I told the FBI, I wouldn’t bother to talk to him again.
“he is responsible for his actions,” He said.
Mother said she was born Muslim but is not religious. she said she didn’t either heard about rushdie It wasn’t until the famous “Satanic Verses” author was attacked in western New York and the FBI began contacting his family.
His son is accused of thrashing Rushdie as the author was about to deliver a lecture, stabbing him in the neck and stomach. As of Sunday, the writer’s condition remained critical, but is expected to recover, although he may have lost one eye.
Sources have told The Post that Matar’s motive appears to be religiously inspired. In 1989, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini of Iran issued a fatwa give orders to muslims to kill Rushdie after accusing “Satanic Verse” Made fun of religion.
“I didn’t push my kids into religion or force anything on my son,” Fardos told the Mail. “I don’t know anyone in Iran, my whole family is here. I live a simple life as a single mom, trying to put a roof over our heads and food on the table for my kids.”
But Fardos, who also has 14-year-old twins, said that as he grew older, his eldest child became more religious.
She noted that her son’s behavior notably changed in 2018 when he returned from a trip to his home country of Lebanon, where he had visited his father.
“I was hoping he would come back inspired, to finish school, to get his degree and a job. But instead he locked himself in the basement,” said the mother. “He had changed so much, he didn’t say anything to me or his sisters for months.
“I can’t tell you much about his later life because he has kept me isolated since 2018. If I approach him he sometimes says hello, sometimes he ignores me and goes.
“Once he argued with me, asking why I encouraged him to pursue an education instead of focusing on religion. He was upset that I had not introduced him to Islam from a young age.”
Fardos said that Matar often slept all day and spent the night at the computer in the basement of his house, which he had barred his mother from entering.
He said he had never worked for a few months before he got a job at Marshall, although it is not clear whether he was employed there at the time of the attack.
“To tell you the truth, I’ve never heard of this writer before,” Fardos said of Rushdie. “I’ve never read any of his books, I didn’t know such a writer even existed. I don’t know if my son has ever read his book.”
Pea pleaded not guilty Charges of attempted murder and assault in connection with a shocking public attack at the non-profit Education and Retreat Center, Chautauqua Institute.
His lawyer, Nathaniel Barron, told The Post in a statement: “I am unable to comment on any other matter or discussion I have had with Mr. Pea because this is confidential and privileged information.” “We look forward to the preliminary hearing scheduled for August 19, 2022, and the opportunity to aggressively exercise Mr. Matar’s constitutional rights.”
Matar is currently in jail without bail.
Despite his issues, his mother claimed, “everyone loved her son”.
“I can’t believe he was capable of something like this,” said the mom, who did not return a call from the Post for comment.
He said he hopes Rushdie will recover.
“But I can say or do a lot because it wasn’t my job,” she said.