Why is The Satanic Verses so offensive to Muslims?

 Despite Rushdie's protest that the novel is simply a work of imaginative literature, clearly it contains potentially offensive qualities to many Muslims.

1. The very title of the novel itself is a source of offense

2. Rushdie appears to question the foundations of Islam by placing prophetic inspiration alongside uncertainty

3. Rushdie appears to question the very core of Muslim belief that the source of every word in the Qur'an is God himself, not Mohammed

4. Rushdie’s choice of the name Mahound for the character of the Prophet strikes many Muslims as a insulting term

5. Rushdie's irreverence is also directed at the wives of the Prophet, the “Mothers of the believers.”