The past few days has seen riots take place, not only in London, but across many major British cities. Although the source of the mayhem was actually a peaceful demonstration in the London borough of Tottenham, what followed was not a united front against alleged police brutality and institutional racism but mass looting and anarchy.
“And eat up not one another’s property unjustly (in any illegal ways such as theft, robbery, and deception), nor give bribery to the rulers (or judges) that you may knowingly eat up a part of the property of others immorally.”
“There should be neither harm nor the reciprocating of harm.”
“Because of that We ordained for the Children of Israel that if anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder, or to spread mischief in the land – it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind. And indeed, there came to them Our Messengers with clear proofs, evidences, and signs, even then after that many of them continued to exceed the limits (e.g. by doing oppression unjustly and exceeding beyond the limits set by Allah by committing the major sins) in the land! The recompense of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and do mischief in the land is only that they shall be killed or crucified or their hands and their feet be cut off on the opposite sides, or be exiled from the land. That is their disgrace in this world, and a great torment is theirs in the Hereafter.”
“…it is for Allah, His Messenger and his family, the orphans, the poor and the wayfarer, in order that it may not become a fortune circulated amongst the rich.”