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 “modified” after visiting the Mideast.
“’I really feel sorry for Mr Rushdie,” Fardos stated.
As for her son, the mother added, “As I stated to the FBI, I’m not going to hassle speaking to him once more.
“He’s responsible for his actions,” she stated.
The mother stated she was born Muslim however isn’t spiritual. She stated 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 speeding Rushdie as the author was about to provide a lecture, stabbing him within the neck and stomach. The writer remained in crucial situation as of Sunday however is predicted to recuperate, though he could lose a watch.
Sources have advised The Post 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 youngsters into faith or power something on my son,” Fardos advised the Mail. “I don’t know anybody in Iran, all my household are right here. I’m dwelling a easy life as a single mother, attempting to maintain a roof over our heads and meals on the desk for my youngsters.”
But Fardos, who additionally has twin 14-year-olds, stated her eldest baby grew extra spiritual as he acquired older.
She famous that her son’s demeanor notably modified in 2018 after he returned from a visit to Lebanon, her house nation, the place he was visiting his father.
“I used to be anticipating him to return again motivated, to finish college, to get his diploma and a job. But as a substitute he locked himself within the basement,” the mother stated. “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 inspired him to get an schooling as a substitute of specializing in faith. He was offended that I didn’t introduce him to Islam from a younger age,” she stated.
Matar typically slept all day and would spend his nights on the pc in her house’s basement, which he barred his mother from coming into, Fardos stated.
She stated he had by no means labored earlier than a number of months in the past, when he acquired a job at Marshalls, though it’s unclear if he was employed there on the time of the assault.
“To let you know the reality, I by no means heard of this author earlier than,” Fardos stated of Rushdie. “I by no means learn any of his books, I didn’t know that such a author even exists. I’ve no data that my son ever learn his ebook.”
Matar pleaded not guilty to tried homicide and assault fees in reference to the stunning public assault at The Chautauqua Institute, a nonprofit schooling and retreat heart.
“I’m unable to touch upon every other issues or discussions I’ve had with Mr. Matar since that’s confidential and privileged data,” his lawyer, Nathaniel Barone, advised The Post in an announcement. “We look ahead to the scheduled Preliminary Hearing on August 19, 2022 and having the chance to aggressively train Mr. Matar’s constitutional rights.”
Matar is presently being held in jail with out bail.
Despite his points, his mom claimed, “everybody liked” her son.
“I simply can’t imagine he was able to doing one thing like this,” stated the mother, who didn’t return calls from The Post for remark.
She stated she hopes Rushdie recovers.
“But there’s nothing a lot I can say or do as a result of this wasn’t my act,” she added.