Arabic-speaking users of YouTube, Twitter and Facebook describe the severe drought in Europe as a sign of the end of times and divine punishment for the legalization of homosexuality

In response to the severe drought in Europe, which according to a report is the worst in at least 500 years,[1] several Arabic-speaking YouTubers, including Islamists and social media influencers have rushed to conclude that this is one of the signs of the end times and divine punishment for the acceptance of LGBT people in the West. Some have even argued that the drought was intentionally engineered to push Europe into a world war to help the United States remain the world’s sole superpower.

Commenting on the reports of the drought hitting Europe, Egyptian Islamist YouTuber Khaled Elalfy posted a video on August 13, 2022, titled “The disappearance of the old continent. Be careful what they will do to you”.[2] in which he said: “It is Allah’s punishment for them. This sudden change has not happened in a short time and not that they have just woken up to find that their gardens have turned into deserts and the rivers have dried up…they want to convince you that this case was caused by global warming and that kind of nonsense and lies, but [the fact is it is the result of] ages and years throughout history misleading mankind, committing indecency and abominations, sinning and waging war against Allah, his Prophet, Islam and Muslims on all fronts. Now the time has come for Allah to avenge his believers and those who have remained steadfast and displaced throughout history, have had their limbs amputated, their property stolen and their wives raped and killed to the worst kind of death anywhere on this continent in particular.” Elalfy went on to say that “Allah had punished [the Europeans] by the wars that destroyed them, then gave them another chance, and they sided with lies and continued to spread homosexuality…”

In another video posted on August 17, 2022, Syrian YouTuber and researcher Abd Al-Dai’m Al-Kaheel saw the drought in Europe as a sign of the end of times and claimed that the “Arabian Peninsula or the land of the Arabs looks like to today’s Europe which is full of gardens and rivers, but the drought waves that Europe is currently experiencing will turn it into a dry continent and the Arabian Peninsula will gradually turn into gardens and rivers.”[3] Al-Kaheel then quoted a hadith in which Muhammad said that “the Land of the Arabs will again become [full of] gardens and rivers” before the Day of Judgment.

On August 18, 2022, Saudi youtuber Faisal Ageeli posted a video titled “The first drought in Europe in 500 years”[4] in which he said that Allah “might punish the Europeans because of their recent actions and their campaign for the people [LGBT] I don’t want to talk about the ones that are included everywhere. It’s as if my God was trying to warn them to wake up, even if you are polytheists and don’t believe in me, you are committing a serious act. You corrupt the nature of human beings…in addition to the vice you commit, you disrespect humanity and you also influence Muslims. You left no one in peace. It’s like my God is punishing them for it. Allah knows best and He knows how to punish them…”

Twitter user Hamad Al-Jasser, who has more than 52,000 followers, expressed his belief that the drought in Europe is divine punishment for the legalization of homosexuality. On August 15, 2022, he posted a tweet saying: “In a few months, Europe has experienced war in Ukraine, energy crisis, price hikes, heat wave and drying up of rivers. I feel like this is an introduction to divine punishment for homosexuality. Allah did not punish the people of Lot because of the presence of homosexuals among them but because they legalized homosexuality… And Europe now imposes homosexuality by the power of the State and of the law.[5]

Al-Jasser’s stance was shared by Egyptian writer Tarek Al-Famy, who posted a Facebook post on August 21, 2022, saying, “The drought and climate change happening in Europe and the United States are part of Allah’s war against those who commit sins publicly and against the assertion and protection of gay rights.[6]”

Meanwhile, Jordanian YouTuber Ahmad Faheem has a different take on the drought in Europe. On August 17, 2022, he posts a video in which he points out that he can’t believe all these rivers are drying up in a day or two. He said, “I can’t believe this. I think it was a human act by human hands that dried up these rivers and bodies of water… my brothers, the experts of the future have said a long time ago that there will come a time when science can control the movement of the wind, the meteorological temperature and science can create tsunami waves, artificial earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.[7] He added that “there are parties who would take advantage of the drought in Europe to be forced into a third world war in which Europe would be in the front line…and fight on behalf of Americans to keep the United States on top of the world as the only superpower that no one can compete with… historically, world wars are started by Europeans and great empires such as Britain and the United States United take advantage of it.”

[1], August 24, 2022.

[2], August 13, 2022.

[3], August 17, 2022.

[4], August 18, 2022.

[5], August 15, 2022.

[6], August 21, 2022.

[7], August 17, 2022.

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