On August 3, 2023, Al-Manar TV (Hizbullah-Lebanon) aired a report stating that Iran's cultural attaché in Lebanon, Komeil Bagheri, visited the tomb of Mustafa Mazeh, who was killed while assembling a bomb that was meant to be used to assassinate novelist Salman Rushdie after Iranian Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini's fatwa calling for his death for having published The Satanic Verses. Bagheri praised Lebanon's youth and said that Mazeh was a "martyr" and a "role model for all the zealous youth in the Islamic world."
Reporter: "The Islamic Republic of Iran's cultural attaché in Lebanon, Komeil Bagheri, visits the tomb of the martyr Mustafa Mazeh, in the south Lebanon town of Tayr Falsay, on the 34th anniversary of his martyrdom, which took place during an operation targeting the apostate Salman Rushdie in the British capital of London.
"Bagheri was welcomed by the martyr's family, and by a group of Islamic scholars, activists, and the townspeople. During a recitation of the Surat Al-Fatiha, he laid a wreath on the martyr's tomb, and said that the Lebanese youth are the avant-garde when it comes to defending [Islamic] sanctities."
Komeil Bagheri: "Allah be praised, I have come to visit the martyr, in order to emphasize that the zealous Muslim Lebanese youth have always been the avant-garde of defending the sanctities – in all the fronts and all the battle fields.
"The martyr Mustafa Mazeh is a role model for all the zealous youth in the Islamic world, who will bear their responsibility and fulfill their duty to defend the sanctities and the Quran, inshallah."