Friday, January 07, 2005

Conspiracy Theories Surrounding the Tsunami: It was a Punishment from Allah for Sins/Christmas/Plot of Americans and Jews

Special Dispatch - Egypt/Saudi Arabia/PA/U.S. & the Middle East
January 7, 2005
No. 842

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Following practically all international events of importance, conspiracy
theories are raised in the Arab and Muslim worlds. This occurred most recently
following the Asian tsunami. Some of these conspiracy theories focused, as they
often do, on allegations that it was a plot by the U.S. and Israel. Others
speculated that the tsunami was a divine punishment for sins, including that of
celebrating Christmas. The following are speeches and articles which appeared in
the Arab media raising conspiracy theories about the cause of the tsunami; more
will be posted on the MEMRI TV Project website ( in the coming

Palestinian Friday Sermon by Sheik Mudeiris: The Tsunami is Allah's Revenge at
Bangkok Corruption

The following are excerpts from a Friday mosque sermon aired on Palestinian
Authority TV by Sheik Ibrahim Mudeiris, which was recorded and translated by the
MEMRI TV Monitor Project:

"What happened there, in South-East Asia ... we ask God to have mercy upon all
the martyrs - for he who dies by drowning is a martyr. We ask God to have mercy
upon all the Muslims who died there. Allah willing, they are martyrs. But, don't
you think that the wrath of the earth and the wrath of the sea should make us
reflect? Tens of thousands dead, and many predict that the number will be in the
hundreds of thousands. We ask God for forgiveness. When oppression and
corruption increase, the law of equilibrium applies. I can see in your eyes that
you are wondering what the 'universal law of equilibrium' is. This law is a
divine law. If people are remiss in implementing God's law and in being zealous
and vengeful for His sake, Allah sets his soldiers in action to take revenge.

"The oppression and corruption caused by America and the Jews have increased.
Have you heard of these beaches that are called 'tourists' paradise?' You have
all probably heard of Bangkok. We read about it, and knew it as the center of
corruption on the face of this earth. Over there, there are Zionist and American
investments. Over there they bring Muslims and others to prostitution. Over
there, there are beaches, which they dubbed 'tourists' paradise,' while only a
few meters away, the locals live in hell on earth. They cannot make ends meet,
while a few meters away there is a paradise, 'tourists' paradise.'

"Do you want the earth to turn a blind eye to the corrupt oppressors? Do you
want the sea... Do you want the sea to lower its waves in the face of corruption
that it sees with its own eyes?! No, the zero hour has come."(1)

Advisor to Saudi Arabia's Justice Minister: The Nations were Destroyed for
Lying, Sinning, and being Infidels

Ibrahim Al-Bashar, an advisor to Saudi Arabia's Justice Minister, argued on the
Saudi Arabian/UAE Al-Majd TV channel that the sins of the affected countries
caused the tsunami:

"Whoever reads the Koran, given by the Maker of the World, can see how these
nations were destroyed. There is one reason: they lied, they sinned, and [they]
were infidels. Whoever studies the Koran can see this is the result...

"Some intellectuals, philosophers, and journalists - may Allah show them the
straight path - say this is the wrath of nature. Whoever is angry must have a
soul and a brain in order to act out his anger. Does the earth have a brain and
a body with a soul? They talk about the wrath of nature, or else they claim that
what happened was due to a fissure in the depths of the earth, which the earth's
crust could not bear. They connect cosmic matters.

"But who is the one that cracked it, split it, and commanded it to quake?! Why
don't we ask that question? Who is the one that sent the wind? Who sent the
floods? But they tell you that it was due to the ebb and tide, and that the
barometric depressions are to blame. Who commanded them to do so?

"These countries, in which these things occurred - don't they refrain from
adopting Allah's law, which is a form of heresy? Man-made laws have been chosen
over Allah's law, which has been deemed unsuitable to judge people?! Whoever
does not act according to Allah's law is a heretic, that's what Allah said in
the Koran. Don't these countries have witchcraft, sorcery, deceitfulness, and

Saudi Professor Sheikh Fawzan Al-Fawzan: Allah Punishes for Homosexuality and
Fornication at Christmas

The following are excerpts from an interview on Saudi/UAE's Al-Majd TV with
Sheikh Fawzan Al-Fawzan, a professor at the Al-Imam University, which was
recorded and translated by the MEMRI TV Monitor Project:

"These great tragedies and collective punishments that are wiping out villages,
towns, cities, and even entire countries, are Allah's punishments of the people
of these countries, even if they are Muslims.

"Some of our forefathers said that if there is usury and fornication in a
certain village, Allah permits its destruction. We know that at these resorts,
which unfortunately exist in Islamic and other countries in South Asia, and
especially at Christmas, fornication and sexual perversion of all kinds are
rampant. The fact that it happened at this particular time is a sign from Allah.
It happened at Christmas, when fornicators and corrupt people from all over the
world come to commit fornication and sexual perversion. That's when this tragedy
took place, striking them all and destroyed everything. It turned the land into
wasteland, where only the cries of the ravens are heard. I say this is a great
sign and punishment on which Muslims should reflect.

"All that's left for us to do is to ask for forgiveness. We must atone for our
sins, and for the acts of the stupid people among us and improve our condition.
We must fight fornication, homosexuality, usury, fight the corruption on the
face of the earth, and the disregard of the lives of protected people."(3)

Saudi Cleric Muhammad Al-Munajjid: Allah Finished Off the Richter Scale in
Revenge of Infidel Criminals

The following are excerpts from an interview on Saudi/UAE's Al-Majd TV with
Saudi cleric Muhammad Al-Munajjid, which was recorded and translated by the
MEMRI TV Monitor Project:

"The problem is that the [Christian] holidays are accompanied by forbidden
things, by immorality, abomination, adultery, alcohol, drunken dancing, and ...
and revelry. A belly dancer costs 2500 pounds per minute and a singer costs
50,000 pounds per hour, and they hop from one hotel to another from night to
dawn. Then he spends the entire night defying Allah.

"Haven't they learned the lesson from what Allah wreaked upon the coast of Asia,
during the celebration of these forbidden? At the height of immorality, Allah
took vengeance on these criminals.

"Those celebrating spent what they call 'New Year's Eve' in vacation resorts,
pubs, and hotels. Allah struck them with an earthquake. He finished off the
Richter scale. All nine levels gone. Tens of thousands dead.

"It was said that they were tourists on New Year's vacation who went to the
crowded coral islands for the holiday period, and then they were struck by this
earthquake, caused by the Almighty Lord of the worlds. He showed them His wrath
and His strength. He showed them His vengeance. Is there anyone learning the
lesson? Is it impossible that we will be struck like them? Why do we go their
way? Why do we want to be like them, with their holidays, their forbidden
things, and their heresy?"(4)

Egyptian Nationalist Weekly: U.S.-Israel-India Nuclear Testing May have Caused
Asian Tsunami; The Goal: Testing how to Liquidate Humanity

The Egyptian nationalist weekly Al-Usbu' has published an investigation by
correspondent Mahmoud Bakri, titled "Humanity in Danger," claiming that the
earthquake and tsunami in Asia may have resulted from joint nuclear testing by
the U.S., Israel, and India. The following are excerpts from the article:

"Was [the earthquake] caused by American, Israeli, and Indian nuclear testing on
'the day of horror?' Why did the 'Ring of Fire' explode?

"... According to researchers' estimates, there are two possible [explanations]
for what happened. The first is a natural, divine move, because the region is in
the 'Ring of Fire,' a region subject to this destructive type of earthquakes.

"The second possibility is that it was some kind of human intervention that
destabilized the tectonic plates, an intervention that is caused only in nuclear
experiments and explosions. What strengthens this direction [of thought] are the
tectonic plates [under] Indian soil [sic], since in the recent few months, India
conducted over seven nuclear tests to strengthen its nuclear program against the
Pakistani [nuclear program].

"[Various] reports have proven that the tectonic plates in India and Australia
collided with the tectonic plates of Europe and Asia. [It has also been proven]
that India recently obtained high[-level] nuclear technology, and a number of
Israeli nuclear experts and several American research centers were [involved in
preparing this].

"The three most recent tests appeared to be genuine American and Israeli
preparations to act together with India to test a way to liquidate humanity. In
the[ir] most recent test, they began destroying entire cities over extensive
areas. Although the nuclear explosions were carried out in desert lands, tens of
thousands of kilometers away from populated areas, they had a direct effect on
these areas.

"Since 1992, many research [institutes] monitoring earthquakes across the world,
such as the International Center for the [Study] of Earthquakes [sic] in Britain
and in Turkey and other countries, [indicated] the importance of no nuclear
testing in the 'Ring of Fire,' where the most recent earthquake struck, because
this region is thought to be one of the most geologically active regions over
millions of years. Thus, the international centers have always classified it as
one of the most dangerous regions [and] likely to shift at any given moment,
even without human interference.

"But the scientific reports stated that there had been nuclear activity in this
region - particularly after America's recent decision to rely largely on the
Australian desert - part of which is inside the 'Ring of Fire' - for its secret
nuclear testing.

"Similarly, many international reports spoke of joint Indian-Israeli nuclear
activity. Moreover, only this year Arab and Islamic countries intervened more
than three times in the U.S. to stop this joint nuclear activity.

"Nevertheless, although so far it has not been proven that secret Indian-Israeli
nuclear testing is what caused the destructive earthquake, there is evidence
that the recent nuclear tests, the exchange of nuclear experts between India and
Israel, and the American pressure on Pakistan regarding its nuclear cooperation
with Asian and Islamic countries [by providing India with advanced nuclear
technology in an attempt to stop Pakistani activity] - all these pose a big
question mark regarding the causes of the severe earthquake in Asia.

"Scientific studies prove that there is increasing nuclear activity under the
waters of the oceans and seas ... and that America is the first country in the
world responsible for this activity. This raises an enormous question mark...
What is puzzling is that all the previous earthquakes did not cause such great
destruction [as this one], particularly [in light of the fact that] the
earthquake's center was some 40 kilometers under the seabed of the Indian Ocean.

"One of the American researchers, Merrills Kinsey,(5) pointed out an important
fact in the scientific report that he prepared after the last disaster, which is
that the center of an earthquake that took place some 40 kilometers under the
ocean floor could not have caused such destruction unless nuclear testing had
been conducted close to the tectonic plates in these countries, or unless
several days previously there had been [nuclear] activity that caused these
plates to shift and collide - which constitutes a danger to all humanity, not
only to the inhabitants of these countries..."(6)

(1) Palestinian Authority TV, December 31, 2005. To view the clip, visit
(2) Al-Majd TV (Saudi Arabia/UAE), January 5, 2005. To view the clip, visit
(3) Al-Majd TV (Saudi Arabia/UAE), December 31, 2004. To view the clip, visit
(4) Al-Majd TV (Saudi Arabia/UAE), January 1, 2005. To view the clip, visit
(5) The name was not identified by MEMRI.
(6) Al-Usbu' (Egypt), January 1, 2005.

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) is an independent, non-profit
organization that translates and analyzes the media of the Middle East. Copies
of articles
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