Natural disasters have a way of bring out the best in people — and the worst. Across the Muslim world, Hurricane Sandy was lauded as just punishment for American infidels and as a symbol of the power of Allah:

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Several revelers attributed Sandy to revenge over “The Innocence of Muslims,” the film wrongly blamed for launching violent anti-American attacks in September, including the deadly attacks in Benghazi:

This Twitterer admits that innocent Americans are suffering yet celebrates the destruction and hopes for more:

The Saudi Grand Mufti, by contrast, denounced the sick gloating. His condemnation was shared by several other prominent Muslims:

Mustafa al-Nagar, Former Egyptian parliament member who was in the United States at the time of the storm, wrote on his Twitter account: “I pray for people here in America with mercy. What’s happening here is a catastrophe and a tragedy! Do not gloat over innocent victims, this is inhumane.”

Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti also criticized gloaters over Sandy. He tweeted: “Who told you that children, students, women and men in America wish you [Muslims] death? Politicians like Mubarak and Bush are one thing, and humanity is something else.”

In the same vein, Engy Hamdi, political activist and member of Egypt’s April 6 Movement, wrote on her Twitter account, “Did Islam teach us to gloat amid the misfortunes of people?”

Others echoed this sentiment and expressed disgust at their fellow Muslims’ rejoicing:

And many tweeted out prayers for safety and healing:

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