Muslim tweeps gloat over Hurricane Sandy so much that Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti tells them to cut it out
Now where would these Muslims get the crazy idea to rejoice in the misfortune of unbelievers?
“Muhammad is the Messenger of God, and those who are with him are hard against the unbelievers, merciful one to another.” — Qur’an 48:29
Naaah, couldn’t be from the Book of Peace!
The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, home to Islam”s holliest sites, has condemned the gloating by radical “tweeps” in the Arab world over the Sandy storm disaster, which left more than 100 people dead in the U.S. East Coast, as “illegitimate”
Sheikh Abdel Aziz bin Abdullah Al-Sheikh told al-Hayat newspaper that gloating over “these people who were hit by storm Sandy is inappropriate,” adding that such behavior is “illegitimate” and “must be abandoned.”
Saudi Arabia”s prominent Islamic preacher Salman al-Oudah also urged Twitter users to refrain from gloating over Sandy victims, recalling the Prophet Mohammed”s message of peace to mankind.
Commenting on the super-storm disaster, one person who identifies himself as a professor of religion tweeted: “We ask God to destroy them all, and not keep one of them,” because the United States “supports war and abuse towards Muslims.”
In Egypt, controversial Islamic preacher Wagdy Ghoneim described storm Sandy as one of “God”s soldiers” sent to punish the United States for its actions against Muslims.
Other Twitter users compared Sandy to the sand storm, which according Islam was sent by God to the “People of Aad” to punish them for refusing to believe in him….
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?”
“O believers, fight the unbelievers who are near to you; and let them find in you a harshness; and know that God is with the godfearing.” — Qur’an 9:123
Be harsh, but do not gloat, apparently.