"People must ask themselves why this earthquake occurred in this area and not in others. Whoever examines these areas discovers that they are tourism areas . . . where the forbidden acts are widespread, as well as alcohol consumption, drug use and acts of abomination . . . and sexual perversion . . . Don't they deserve punishment from Allah? - Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a Muslim cleric who says that the Asian tsunami victims were punished by Allah because their countries are centres of perversion."