One of alumni of my prep school 10 years before Ted Turner and I were there once said that his prayers redirected a hurricane so that it would not hit his headquarters and the controls of his satellite at Pat Robertson ministries. I am relieved to discover that Muslims have their share of highly placed nuts and fanatics. Joy! L., McCallie School, '54 ----- Original Message ----- To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Tuesday, January 11, 2005 11:18 AM Subject: The Will of God? > In addition to the story below, there is also a story that there are Arabs > who argue the storm was the result of US/Israeli nuclear testing. > > XXXX > > > 'God signed the tsunami' > 10/01/2005 08:50 - (SA) > by Bryan Pearson > http://www.news24.com/News24/World/Tsunami_Disaster/0%2C%2C2-10-1777_1645055%2C00.html > > Colombo - God signed His name in the tsunami that battered Sri Lanka and > other countries on December 26, and sent it as punishment because humans > have been ignoring His laws, Sri Lankan Muslims say. > > Proof, according to Mohamed Faizeen, manager of the Centre for Islamic > Studies in Colombo, is a satellite picture taken seconds after the tsunami > smashed into Sri Lanka's west coast near the town of Kalutara and as it > was receding. > > "This clearly spells out the name 'Allah' in Arabic," Faizeen said, > pointing to the shape of the waves - a gigantic "E" complete with whorls > and sidewaves that do indeed appear to combine to resemble the Arabic > script for the name "Allah". > > The picture was taken by the DigitalGlobe Quickbird satellite on December > 26 at 10:20am local time, shortly after the moment of tsunami impact. It > can be viewed at the website "Allah signed His name," Faizeen said. "He > sent it as punishment. This comes from ignoring His laws." > > He likened the tsunami to the Old Testament account of floods being sent > by God in the time of Noah as punishment for those who had drifted from > His ways. > > He added that he had visited the mainly Muslim Ulvae, near the major town > of Batticaloa, and found that a madrassa - an Islamic religious school - > had been left untouched while 400 houses around it had been flattened with > great loss of life. > > The shorelines of many Asian countries hit by the waves had become > playgrounds for Westerners and errant Muslims. Vices such as prostitution > and drinking were rife, the cleric said. > > "Allah first sends small punishments - like loss of business. If we ignore > the warning, He sends bigger ones - loss of life. If we still ignore the > warnings, the big punishments, like earthquakes and tsunamis will come." > > Faizeen said areas of Sri Lanka mainly populated by Muslims were the > hardest hit and that the waves were aimed at Muslims in Indonesia and Sri > Lanka who he said had strayed from God's ways. > > The island is around 70 percent Buddhist, 15 percent Hindu, 7.5 percent > Muslim and 7.5 percent Christian. > > Another Muslim leader, Muhammed Fawmey of the International Islamic Youth > Front, said he too believed the tsunami was sent by God. > > "He clearly signed His name in the waves," said Fawmey, who said the > Arabic script in the waves had suddenly "appeared to me as in a vision" > when he was staring at the satellite picture. > > "The Koran says people can be punished through water or through fire," he > added, referring to Islam's sacred scripture. > > Scientists have a more rational explanation for the December 26 tsunami - > an undersea earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale off the west > coast of northern Sumatra. > > "Near the source of submarine earthquakes, the seafloor is 'permanently' > uplifted and down-dropped, pushing the entire water column up and down, > the US Geological Survey says on its website
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