The mother of the New Jersey man accused of stabbing Salman Rushdie says her son was a basement-dwelling loner who barely labored, by no means had a girlfriend — and “changed” after visiting the Mideast.
“’I feel sorry for Mr Rushdie,” Fardos mentioned.
As for her son, the mother added, “As I mentioned to the FBI, I’m not going to trouble speaking to him once more.
“He’s responsible for his actions,” she mentioned.
The mother mentioned she was born Muslim however just isn’t non secular. She mentioned she hadn’t even heard of Rushdie till after the famed “Satanic Verses” writer was attacked in western New York and the FBI started contacting her household.
Her son is accused of dashing Rushdie as the author was about to offer a lecture, stabbing him within the neck and stomach. The writer remained in essential situation as of Sunday however is predicted to get well, though he might lose a watch.
Sources have instructed The Submit that Matar’s motive seems to be religiously pushed. In 1989, Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa ordering Muslims to kill Rushdie after alleging “Satanic Verses” mocked the faith.
“I didn’t push my kids into religion or force anything on my son,” Fardos instructed the Mail. “I don’t know anyone in Iran, all my family are here. I’m living a simple life as a single mom, trying to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table for my kids.”
However Fardos, who additionally has twin 14-year-olds, mentioned her eldest little one grew extra non secular as he received older.
She famous that her son’s demeanor notably modified in 2018 after he returned from a trip to Lebanon, her residence nation, the place he was visiting his father.
“I was expecting him to come back motivated, to complete school, to get his degree and a job. But instead he locked himself in the basement,” the mother mentioned. “He had modified loads, he didn’t say something to me or his sisters for months.
“I couldn’t let you know a lot about his life after that as a result of he has remoted me since 2018. If I strategy him typically he says hello, typically he simply ignores me and walks away.
“One time he argued with me, asking why I encouraged him to get an education instead of focusing on religion. He was angry that I did not introduce him to Islam from a young age,” she mentioned.
Matar usually slept all day and would spend his nights on the pc in her residence’s basement, which he barred his mother from getting into, Fardos mentioned.
She mentioned he had by no means labored earlier than just a few months in the past, when he received a job at Marshalls, though it’s unclear if he was employed there on the time of the assault.
“To tell you the truth, I never heard of this writer before,” Fardos mentioned of Rushdie. “I never read any of his books, I didn’t know that such a writer even exists. I have no knowledge that my son ever read his book.”
Matar pleaded not guilty to tried homicide and assault costs in reference to the stunning public assault at The Chautauqua Institute, a nonprofit training and retreat heart.
“I am unable to comment on any other matters or discussions I’ve had with Mr. Matar since that is confidential and privileged information,” his lawyer, Nathaniel Barone, instructed The Submit in a press release. “We look forward to the scheduled Preliminary Hearing on August 19, 2022 and having the opportunity to aggressively exercise Mr. Matar’s constitutional rights.”
Matar is at the moment being held in jail with out bail.
Regardless of his points, his mom claimed, “everyone loved” her son.
“I just cannot believe he was capable of doing something like this,” mentioned the mother, who didn’t return calls from The Submit for remark.
She mentioned she hopes Rushdie recovers.
“But there’s nothing much I can say or do because this wasn’t my act,” she added.