Islamic death threats over books by Avijit Roy

Islamic death threats over books by Avijit Roy

A POPULAR Bangladeshi online bookstore has stopped selling books by a well-known writer after an Islamic militant issued death threats on Facebook to the website’s owner. said in statement that it has stopped selling books authored by Avijit Roy, a Bangladesh-born engineer and author who is currently living in the United States.


Avijit Roy

Roy pioneered the popular Bangladeshi online blogging site Freethinker and rose to prominence with his books on philosophy, scientific thought and human rights issues.

The decision to withdraw his books was prompted by death threats posted to Facebook by Farabi Shafiur Rahman, an Islamist extremist allegedly linked to the hardline Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami.

Farabi accused Roy of defaming Islam and the “prophet” Mohammed and accused chairman Mahmudul Hasan Sohag of “promoting atheism” by selling Roy’s books.

In his Facebook post, Farabi specified the office address of and called upon his “Islamist friends” in the adjacent locality to attack.

He also told Sohag that he would suffer the same fate as Ahmed Rajib Haider, a popular blogger known by the psuedonym Thaba Baba, who was hacked to death last year by machete-wielding Islamic militants.

Rajib Haider, butchered by Islamists

Rajib Haider, butchered by Islamists released a statement saying that it was in the process of finalizing a policy to determine which books it would display on its website.

After the recent controversies, we received a strong message. …A review committee has already started working to shape a policy under which no book that raises controversy will be shown on our site.

The emphasis is ours.

Roy termed the decision:

Surprising and shocking.My books are mostly on modern science and philosophy. These are not the books criticizing religious scriptures or any particular religion. They are mainly scientific books having references from reputed journals, books and newspapers.

He added that his books have never generated complaints over their content and that one of his books was on Bangladesh’s annual best sellers’ list.

He also said breached its own code of ethics by banning his books without contacting him or his publisher, but he was not considering legal action.

However, the website has come under fire from Roy’s friends and readers. A Facebook page was created urging Bangladeshis to boycott

The death threat follows a spate of attacks on bloggers and secularists by Islamic hardliners.

Asif Mohiuddin, a well known self-styled “militant atheist” blogger narrowly escaped death after being stabbed near his office in Dhaka in January 2013 by members of a militant group with al-Qaeda ties.

Rajib was found dead near his Dhaka home on February 15, 2013, with his throat slit and machete wounds to his head. Seven college students and a Muslim cleric were charged with his murder.

Farabi threatened to kill the Muslim cleric who officiated at Rajib’s funeral. He tweeted:

Any imam who reads the janaza prayer of Thaba Baba will also be killed. Janaza prayers are only for Muslims, not for unbelievers or apostates. Those who have spent their whole lives insulting the Prophet are not Muslims and cannot have Janaza Prayer read. Thaba Baba’s corpse should be fed to the animals in Dhaka Zoo. The soil of this motherland will not back into her womb the corpse of any unbeliever or apostate insulting Allah or his Prophet in unspeakable language.

Police later arrested Farabi on charges of “instigating the murder” but he was granted bail.

Following Rajib’s death, fundamentalist Islamic groups launched massive nationwide protests demanding the execution of other atheist bloggers and the enactment of a blasphemy law, which led to violent clashes with government forces.

Since last year, the Bangladeshi government has blocked about a dozen websites and blogs to stem anti-blasphemy violence. It also set up a panel, which included intelligence chiefs, to search for potentially blasphemous content in social media.

Meanwhile, we learn that pressure from Hindu zealots has resulted in the withdrawal of a second book by US historian Wendy Doninger. Earlier this year Penguin caved into pressure to withdraw The Hindus: an Alternative History. Now Aleph books, which published Doniger’s second book, On Hinduism, said it will not re-print the book:

Until the concerns are addressed for an acceptable resolution of the whole matter.


16 responses to “Islamic death threats over books by Avijit Roy”

  1. Carl Kolotylo says:

    Religion of Peace? More like the cult of violence and death.

  2. Vanity Unfair says:

    “A review committee has already started working to shape a policy under which no book that raises controversy will be shown on our site.”
    That’s a very short list and a very boring one.

  3. Stephen Mynett says:

    “That’s a very short list”

    So far the only titles I can think of that would be appropriate for an islamic site are: The Quran, A Thousand Ways to Kill a Kaffir and Wife-beating for Beginners.

  4. Broga says:

    @Stephen Mynett: What about “FGM for beginners”; “Sex with eight year olds the easy way”; “Develop your skills in throwing stones at adulterous women”; “Persuasive threats that get UK politicians to do what you want”; “Kill or convert: avoid the inconvenience of explaining.”

  5. Lonborghini Funghini says:

    Ignorant asshat islamists!

  6. why do i have to share this planet with murderous criminal islamic thugs says:

    Want something …..then just threaten to murder someone? Its perfectly ok if you are a muslim. Well that’s what I assume because of the deafening silence from our moderate peace loving muslim friends whenever this kind of news is reported.

    How to be a really devout follower of islam…..just say …. I don’t like you so I kill you.You are a woman and I hate you for being attractive and no woman in her right mind would have sex with me unless threatened so I kill you.You are a kaffir so I kill you. I am a nasty evil self hating retard so I kill you.You don’t do as I want so I kill you.You ignore my hysterical screaming demands so I kill you.You are a dirty christian so I kill you.You are a Jew so I kill you.You mock me so I kill you.You are just finishing a marathon so I kill you.You are shopping in the mall so I kill you. You drew a cartoon of alla so I kill you.You don’t like me cruelly killing my meat so I kill you.You stop believing in alla so I kill you. You showed your face so I kill you. You got raped so I kill you. I raped you so I kill you.You are gay so I kill you. You are commuting to work so I kill you.You are a shiite so i kill you.You are a sunni so I kill you.You wrote a book so I kill you.You are doing charitable work so I kill you.You are a girl daring to go to school so I kill you. Millions of your tax dollars are given to my country by your country so I kill you.You are asleep in your school dormitory so I kill you.You are flying to see your family so I kill you. You work in a tall building in New York so I kill you. I could go on for hours with this but I think you get the message. But finally ….. I am a muslim so I kill you. Really finally I can kill you for any prejudice I can incubate in my constipated tiny mind so I kill you. Really really finally.You dared to say something trite but I tried really hard to be offended by it so I kill you. I get aroused by killing so I kill you. I am a lunatic and deeply twisted by unfulfilled sexual desire with absolutely no chance of of scoring so I kill you. I kill you because I have no morals. I drool and masturbate over your horny internet porn stars but i will never be able to have sex with a blonde blue eyed skilled willing sex loving enlightened female so i kill you. I am sexually repressed and hate anyone with a heaIthy attitude to sex so kill you. I am deeply envious of the scientific, technological, medical, pharmaceutical, engineering, software, aeronautical, biological, farming …… skills of you educated westerners so I kill you. I had to spend years and years in a madrassa having absolutely crazy fictional stories about an epileptic liar smashed into my skull by hateful nasty child hating child abusing imams and spewing it out rote for hour after hour after hour until it all that is lodged between my ears so I kill you. I was not allowed to have normal relations with girls so I kill you. I was taught to hate my mother so I kill you. I want your countrymen to revile me so I kill you.You are eradicating polio and saving our children from diseases so I kill you, you drew a cartoon so I kill you, you are my daughter so I kill you, you are a woman and showed your face so I kill you, you fled from an arranged marriage so I kill you, the imam said you should die so I kill you, I am part of an hysterical screaming lynch mob so I kill you, I am a petulant dimshit so I smash everything up….and then kill you. I loath myself for my failure to be a rational, hardworking, decent member of society…so I kill you you fucking kaffir …I hate you, your values and everything you represent……so I killlll yoooooo. I am bored out of my tiny mind so I kill you. Now lets hear the decent muslims denounce the murdering fundamentalist islamofacists. Are they too scared? Too scared to speak out?

  7. charlie says:

    Islam = “religion of peace”? Bullshit! This is a violent, blood thirsty cult. I try, really, honestly try to be tolerant of the beliefs of other people, but these Muslim “fundies” have pushed me beyond any reasonable limits of my own tolerance levels. Just who the goddamn hell are THEY to tell me what I can or cannot read? Well, tough shit muzzies, I now add your entire religion to my despise list.

  8. oldmanjenkins38 says:

    Boy this mohammed and allah are some real weaklings if they get all uptight and offended by what people say about them. What is it we do here in reality? Oh yeah, ignore things that people say that offend us and grow a thicker skin.

  9. The Great Observer says:

    Islam rearranged is malis. Wrong spelling but accurate meaning.

  10. barriejohn says:

    Yesterday, as if by magic:

    First comment: Item 1 on Mo’s list: Free Speech!

  11. machohan says:

    I was walking on ‘high street’ when a robust msn thrust a paper to me. I had it in my and read the contents, It was to a demonstration in Central London, guess what about, Immigration, Racism, ISLAMOPHOBIA’, I gave the paper back saying oh no this is not for me. The instant reaction was ‘you hate muslims’. I said ‘I do not’. ‘Yes you do otherwise you would not have given the paper back so quickly’
    And then from they became 3 and very violent. ‘Fucking we will bash the heads of people like u.
    I did not know what to do, call the police …It is this sort of thing they wanted and I knew the police and the state is scared of Islam related issues and it will just be trouble for me. When people started to gather mostly muslims, I managed to slip away to not have my head cut off.
    Instantly triggered violently volcanic followers of the religion of peace

  12. 1859 says:

    Pat Condell was mentioned recently on this site, and his latest video is very, very relevant to the above theme – especially pertaining to the UK. I commented on one of the threads that he has become a little too ranting for me but there’s no denying the passion he feels in this latest video – it is a blistering diatribe against the cringing appeasement shown in the UK towards the cultural agenda of islam. It makes Enoch Powell’s ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech feel like a prophetic fairy story – quite chilling.

  13. Great+Satan says:

    AS1859 has mentioned it, here is Pat Condell’s excellent new vid “A society of Cowards” ;

  14. Broga says:

    @Great+Satan: Thanks. Brilliant vid. Pat Condell got it spot on. This country prides itself on free speech. What it is actually proud of is something which was hard won, at great cost, and is now draining away like a bucket of water poured on sand.

    Our politicians dare not speak, nor the media, nor the religious leaders. Meanwhile the politicians send young men and women to die and be crippled in far countries in defence of the freedom they haven’t the courage to defend themselves at home.