The following are excerpts from an interview with Saudi Professor Abd Al-Aziz Fawzan Al-Fawzan on MBC TV that aired on January 14, 2005. In this interview, Al-Fawzan reacts to criticism that was directed at him in the Saudi press, following his earlier comments about the Tsunami. (See clip 459)
Al-Fawzan: I ask Allah to guide these journalists and grant them full repentance. It saddens me that they are so ignorant of the religious law. I don't care what they said about me. Allah be praised, people know my thoughts and opinions, which I present on the TV channels, in my books, letters, articles, lectures, and classes. I'm not bothered by their distortion, accusations, and incitement. It is beneath me.
Collective punishments, such as earthquakes, devastating volcanoes, torrent floods, rampant plagues, lethal storms and gales according to all scholars, they are divine punishments and divine warnings to all those rebelling against Allah, whether or not they are Muslims.
But this does not mean we can say that it is a natural phenomenon, caused by the weakness of the earth's crust. Some of them even said this occurs every 200 years. As the infidels said: "Our fathers, too, were touched by suffering and affluence," and they ceased praying to Allah. These are punishments and a warning from Allah because of the spreading of obscenities and abomination in this country and others, and we must be God-fearing. Therefore, I advise our brothers, and call upon us to be God-fearing, so that what happened to them won't happen to us.