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Kuwaiti Columnist: It Is Ignorant to Claim that the Japanese Tsunami Was Punishment from Allah

Arab clerics have recently claimed that the massive earthquake and resulting tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011 were Allah's way of punishing the
"infidels."
For example, Saudi sheikh Abd Al-Rahman Al-Barrak wrote on the Islamic website almoslim.net that it is ignorant to think that natural disasters are random occurrences, and called upon Muslims to rejoice when infidels,
"the enemies of Islam and Muslims,"
are punished.

In her March 24, 2011 column in the Kuwaiti daily Al-Qabas, columnist Dalaa Al-Mufti scathingly criticized views such as Al-Barrak's, and responded to an email she had received calling on her to refrain from sympathizing with the victims of the Japanese tsunami disaster because it was a deliberate action by Allah against the infidel, tyrannical, and pagan Japanese. She noted that the humility shown by the Japanese in coping with the disaster showed the falsity of the claim that they are tyrannical and evil, accused the author of the email of distorting Islam, and pointed out that Muslim countries have also been struck by natural disasters.[1]

Following is a translation of Al-Mufti's column:

The Japanese Have Behaved Honorably During the Crisis
"I was astounded; my blood pressure and [blood] sugar levels rose, and my brain cells almost exploded with rage when I received an email from 'one of them' warning me of the torments of hell that awaited me if I dared to express sympathy over the disaster in Japan and the residents [of the country]. His lengthy email read, in part: 'What happened in Japan – the land of unbelief, atheism, and idol worship – is a cry of warning to these infidels and atheists, who have shown unbelief against Allah, and were rebellious, arrogant, and tyrannical in the land. What is sad is that we find some ignorant Muslims – may Allah set them on the straight path – who take pity on these infidels, sinners, and idol worshippers.'
"Strange. We haven't heard of a single Japanese person acting tyrannically and arrogantly – they are a people known for modesty and humility. We never knew that they acted tyrannically in the land – they were the ones whose cities were totally destroyed during World War II, and who rebuilt them steadfastly and determinedly, transforming Japan into one of the world's greatest and most important countries.

"When images of the moment of the terrible earthquake in Japan were broadcast, we were amazed to see the Japanese acting calmly, despite the fear that struck them. Instead of the crush [that would be] 'usual' [in such circumstances], hundreds of people stood and waited for the traffic light [to turn green] so they could go, while the ground shook under them. In spite of everything, there was not a single incident of theft or looting, which we customarily see in such circumstances. In a BBC interview, the American in charge of the rescue operations said he could hardly believe the serenity, the courtesy, the respectfulness, and the love for their fellow man that characterized the Japanese at such a trying time. Are these the unbelieving, evil, and tyrannical Japanese of whom the author wrote in his email?!"
"If Natural Disasters are Directed Solely Against Infidels, Why have They Also Struck Indonesia, Afghanistan, Iran, Algeria, and Other Muslim countries?"
"I am amazed by the condescension of some people, [who act] as if they alone deserve Allah's mercy and His Paradise. I am astounded by those [like the author of this email] who gloat when disaster strikes others , and it saddens me that they link their ugly slogans to our monotheistic religion [i.e. Islam] and use events and incorrect stories to distort the mercy and peace [that characterize] our faith. Does it make sense for someone to observe with such evil a devastating earthquake, a horrific tsunami, and a radioactive leak that threatens the planet?
"I have a question for that gloating man: If natural disasters are directed solely against infidels, why have they also struck Indonesia, Afghanistan, Iran, Algeria, and other Muslim countries? Is there [such a thing as] an Islamic earthquake and an infidel earthquake?

"Clearly, Japan didn't ask what religion the Kuwaitis were when it gave them $12 million in cash during the Iraqi invasion – and we repay them with a loathsome catastrophe of thought and with a tsunami of ignorance that inundate the mind of some of us. But ultimately, we can only call on the Allah we know – not on the one that [the author of the email] knows – to have mercy on the Japanese and to help them up from where they have fallen, so that they will restore the wealth to humanity with their activity, morality, and culture."
[2]

Endnotes:

[1] Columnist Dr. Abd Al-Aziz Hussein Al-Sawigh wrote in the Saudi daily Al-Madina that the message sent to Al-Mufti was the same as some reactions in Saudi Arabia following the flooding in Jeddah in November 2010. (Al-Madina, March 26, 2011)

[2] Al-Qabas (Kuwait), March 24, 2011
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the pathetic theologians , no matter in whatever religions eastern or abrahmic , gloats the tyranny of God upon the victims of disaster and latter calls their Gods are peaceful and loving.
Westboro baptist chruch followers are perfect example of it, where they say thank god for 9/11
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this one comes from the land of milk and honey
Rabbi: Tsunami result of haredi arrests
Leader of Rachmastrivka Hasidic dynasty says Japan punished for imprisonment of two yeshiva students convicted of drug smuggling
Ynet Published: 03.31.11, 08:15 / Israel Jewish Scene

Rabbi David Twersky, leader of the Rachmastrivka Hasidic dynasty, says the recent tsunami in Japan, which has left thousands of people dead, was the result of the arrest of two yeshiva students by Japanese authorities after being convicted of smuggling drugs.
"The Japanese don’t understand why they keep on receiving blow after blow, and it never ends. If they want it to stop, they must release the two guys jailed in their prison immediately, and then experience salvation,"
the rabbi told his followers last week during a Purim celebration in Jerusalem.

Haredi website Ladaat reported that the Rebbe asked for the names of the two jailed men and said a prayer for their immediate release.
"Amen,"
the audience responded.

The yeshiva students were arrested in an airport in Japan in April 2008, in possession of a suitcase with some 90,000 Ecstasy tablets. The detainees' lawyers claimed at the time that the young men were victims of a 'sting' and were tempted with money, but the two were convicted the following year.

One of the detainees, a minor, was sentenced to eight years in prison, and Israel submitted a request to have him transferred back to the country.

The Rachmastrivka Hasidic dynasty is one of the biggest and most famous Hasidisms, with thousands of followers and many affiliates. It has two centers – one in Jerusalem and one in Borough Park, New York.

Ahead of the Hasidic celebration last week, huge screens were placed near the Torah study house in Jerusalem, and the tish was broadcast live due to the density inside the building.
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Good to see that the Hebrew/Christian and Islamic gods are fickle enough to kill thousands, destroy the lives of millions and do untold damage to both land and mankind just because two drug smugglers got arrested/because they refused to acknowledge his massive ego.
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Srlsy.

Apparently it was the same god that smashed New Orleans to pieces because they were a bunch of sinners. Though it was the primarily Christian politicians over the course of many decades who made the stupid decisions to cut down and drain the ocean-swell-soaking mangrove swamps south of Lake Pontachrain and build in the smushy-swampy lower wards AND put levees where there is NO BEDROCK. Nowadays about the only mangroves you'll find in Louisiana are in mulch form (anyone in the US- watch where your mulch comes from- if it's from Louisiana, don't buy it), the lower wards are still being rebuilt (there should be NO houses or people there), and the levees... well, I'll just say it was the Army Corps of Engineers who put them in the first place; they've got this reputation of building things badly and in places they shouldn't be built... aaaaanndd of course they're rebuilding them exactly the same as before. *sigh*

If that's the right god, or if the right god whacked Japan for not worshiping him (funny how it's always "him," no?), then I refuse to worship the bastard, and I'll GLADLY be tortured forever and ever for telling him to go f**k himself.
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Well if they are smuggling drugs then they deserve to be in jail.
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ygalg wrote:
"The Japanese don’t understand why they keep on receiving blow after blow, and it never ends. If they want it to stop, they must release the two guys jailed in their prison immediately, and then experience salvation,"
the rabbi told his followers last week during a Purim celebration in Jerusalem.
:lotpot: Yeah, God took some time out from helping the starving Africans to turn his attention on two people in Japan. I always love to hear boxers or athletes thank God or the Lord Jesus Christ for their victory. Yes, God was helping the starving people when all of the sudden he realized, "oh sh!t, the game is on, I missed the first half.
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People are simply unbelievable. One of my favorite quotes actually came from a Jesuit named Anthony DeMello (who probably was no longer a real Jesuit although he never said so). He said that we are all lunatics and the only reason we aren't all locked up in an asylum is because there are too many of us. :lol: True insight in my opinion.
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