I found this article about certain type of thuggish acts, which are often thought by many to be pious behaviour.
Hooliganism and Thuggery
“These are the limits of Allah. Do not transgress these limits.” (Qur’aan)
The pain, grief and anger which Muslims feel and suffer when any facet of Islam is subjected to insult and vilification, are understandable and in fact necessary. A man whose heart is not grieved by any kind of insult directed against Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) cannot be a Muslim. If he verbally professes to be a Muslim while his heart is not jarred by the invective and insults inveighed against Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), he should understand that Imaan has departed from his heart.
When Islam is insulted; the immediate and spontaneous reaction of Muslims is naturally anger and a burning yearning for revenge. But, at the same time we have the Divine Shariah to contend with. Allah Ta’ala has prescribed limits for everything.
Islam is a systematic and a codified sacred Law. It is not a concept of anarchy. Actions and reactions have to be compulsorily channelled within the bounds of the Shariah. Exceeding the limits is never lawful.
In fact, transgression of the Divine limits and proscriptions is a punishable offence.
The desire to do something and to avenge the honour of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) sullied by the insulting cartoons of the godless editors of **** newspapers, is perfectly understandable and acceptable. However, the excesses committed in the aftermath of the protests are unacceptable and intolerable in Islam.
“Proclaim the Truth even if it be bitter.” — Hadith
The truth is generally unpalatable. But it must be told. The Ummah should understand that the honour of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and of Islam cannot be redeemed by acts of hooliganism and thuggery.
The riotous behaviour of the mobs of protesters is not a service to Islam. It neither enhances nor upholds the honour of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).
Among the acts of hooliganism perpetrated by the protesters in Pakistan are:
• Burning of buses and cars
• Torching ships and buildings
• Burning foreign businesses
• Targeting Europeans in general
Brains are not really an imperative requisite for understanding the immorality and hurmat (prohibition) of these acts of thuggery and hooliganism.
In the first instance, whose buses, and cars were gutted by the protesters? The rampaging mobs burnt vehicles and property belonging to Pakistanis—Muslims—. By what stretch of sanity and Islamic logic is the burning of Muslim property justified for an act of insult perpetrated in Denmark by a godless editor five months ealier? And, even if the property belonged to non-Muslims, by which principle or teaching of the Shariah is it permissible to burn and destroy the property of non-Muslims in Pakistan for a crime committed by a hooligan in Denmark?
Extracting vengeance from people unconnected with the crime is transgression of the divine limits. It is a cruel sin, a grave act of injustice inflicted on innocent people.
Burning buses, cars, trucks, property and injuring non-Muslims living in a Muslim country for the crime of the editor of a Danish paper are not permissible acts of protest. In fact, the honour of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and Islam are defiled and desecrated to a greater extent than the insulting cartoons.
The Qur’aan Majeed strictly forbids zulm (injustice and cruelty). It is a despicable act of cowardice totally at variance with Islamic honour and chivalry to gang up against a minority non-Muslim community living in peace in a Muslim country, and subjecting them to fear and terror. Such conduct is expected of non-Muslims—of Bush and Blair, not of those who truly follow the beautiful pattern of life taught to the wor ld by Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).
It should be borne in mind, that in a Muslim state, the life, property, blood and honour of non-Muslim citizens are accorded the same sanctity and protection by the Shariah as it does to Muslims notwithstanding the betrayal of Islam by the fussaaq rulers holding the reins of government in Muslim lands.
In Beirut, in addition to torching the Danish embassy, stones were lobbed at a Christian church and a priest was killed in Turkey. Similar disturbances occurred in Syria and elsewhere in the Muslim World.
What role did the church and the priest play in the publication of the offensive cartoons in Denmark by an atheist editor? Why was the priest murdered, and why were churches attacked for a crime committed in another country by another man?
Even in a valid Jihad campaign, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) forbade molesting and killing of priests, women, children and people unconnected with the fighting. The horrible acts of hooliganism committed by the protesters never represent Islamic justice nor do they redeem the honour of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) nor do they defend any institution of Islam.
Such acts of wanton destruction and cruelty are perpetrated to satisfy the bestial lusts of the evil man. The sad dimension of the hooliganism and thuggery is the religious façade with which the zulm is draped.
The perpetration of zulm and the commission of acts of thuggery under the slogan of ALLAHU AKBAR!
and the Name of Allah Azza Wa Jal, do not confer legality and religiosity to the criminal acts of the protesters. On the contrary, the commission of such crimes in the name of Islam is in fact profanity, outrageously unjust and an insult to Islam.
P.S. Please, Do not fight with me over this article, just refute it politely lest I edit it out or get it deleted