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What Lindsay is Reading

I have seen a couple of videos on Youtube recently about Lindsay Lohan. In one of the videos, she is interviewed on TV by a host on Habertürk in Turkey. She talks about how some of her friends in London gave her a Koran. She went back to America and people ostracized her for reading it. They treated her as if she were Satan. I also have been reading the Koran and I became quite incensed hearing her speak of how people treated her in America for reading it. No one should do that. The people who say such things are speaking out of ignorance. They are criticizing a book that they have never read. So, here is the first video.

She traveled around in Turkey helping the Syrian refugees. Someone gave her another beautiful Koran.

I do not know if she actually converted to Islam or not like the title of the last video says, but she wears a hijab that someone gave her and she likes to read the Koran.

Anyway, here are some things that she has been reading in the Koran. I do not know which translations she possesses. So, I quote from Sahih International, Pickthall, and Yusuf Ali. All three are quite popular translations. I also used Shakir for one quotation.

About Satan

Whoso taketh Satan for a comrade, a bad comrade hath he. (Koran 4:38, Pickthall)

O you who have believed, do not follow the footsteps of Satan. And whoever follows the footsteps of Satan – indeed, he enjoins immorality and wrongdoing. And if not for the favor of Allah upon you and His mercy, not one of you would have been pure, ever, but Allah purifies whom He wills, and Allah is Hearing and Knowing. (Koran 24:21, Sahih International)

Indeed, Satan is an enemy to you; so take him as an enemy. He only invites his party to be among the companions of the Blaze. (Koran 35:6, Sahih International)

Did I not enjoin upon you, O children of Adam, that you not worship Satan – [for] indeed, he is to you a clear enemy. (Koran 36:60, Sahih International)

God

Say (unto the People of the Scripture): Dispute ye with us concerning Allah when He is our Lord and your Lord? Ours are our works and yours your works. We look to Him alone. (Koran 2:139, Pickthall)

And argue not with the People of the Scripture unless it be in (a way) that is better, save with such of them as do wrong; and say: We believe in that which hath been revealed unto us and revealed unto you; our God and your God is One, and unto Him we surrender. (Koran 29:46, Pickthall)

The People of the Scripture are the Jews and the Christians. The Jews do not believe that Jesus is the Messiah. Christians and Muslims do. Muhammad and the first generation Muslims worshiped the same God that Christians worshiped. They were Trinitarians.

Forgiveness

A kind word with forgiveness is better than almsgiving followed by injury. Allah is Absolute, Clement. (Koran 2:263, Pickthall)

And hasten to forgiveness from your Lord and a garden as wide as the heavens and earth, prepared for the righteous Who spend [in the cause of Allah] during ease and hardship and who restrain anger and who pardon the people – and Allah loves the doers of good; and those who, when they commit an immorality or wrong themselves [by transgression], remember Allah and seek forgiveness for their sins – and who can forgive sins except Allah? – and [who] do not persist in what they have done while they know. (Koran 3:133-135, Sahih International)

And let not those of virtue among you and wealth swear not to give [aid] to their relatives and the needy and the emigrants for the cause of Allah, and let them pardon and overlook. Would you not like that Allah should forgive you? And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful. (Koran 24:22, Sahih International)

Tell those who believe to forgive those who hope not for the days of Allah; in order that He may requite folk what they used to earn. (Koran 45:14, Pickthall)

So whatever thing you have been given – it is but [for] enjoyment of the worldly life. But what is with Allah is better and more lasting for those who have believed and upon their Lord rely and those who avoid the major sins and immoralities, and when they are angry, they forgive, and those who have responded to their lord and established prayer and whose affair is [determined by] consultation among themselves, and from what We have provided them, they spend. And those who, when tyranny strikes them, they defend themselves, And the retribution for an evil act is an evil one like it, but whoever pardons and makes reconciliation – his reward is [due] from Allah. Indeed, He does not like wrongdoers. (Koran 46:36-40, Sahih International)

Love and Hate

Lo! ye are those who love them though they love you not, and ye believe in all the Scripture. (Koran 3:119, Pickthall)

O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm for Allah, witnesses in justice, and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness. And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is acquainted with what you do. (Koran 5:8, Sahih International)

Overcome Evil with Good

Such as persevere in seeking their Lord’s Countenance and are regular in prayer and spend of that which We bestow upon them secretly and openly, and overcome evil with good. Theirs will be the sequel of the (heavenly) Home, Gardens of Eden which they enter, along with all who do right of their fathers and their helpmeets and their seed. The angels enter unto them from every gate, (Saying): Peace be unto you because ye persevered. Ah, passing sweet will be the sequel of the (heavenly) Home. (Koran 13:22-24, Pickthall)

Do Good to Others

But seek, through that which Allah has given you, the home of the Hereafter; and [yet], do not forget your share of the world. And do good as Allah has done good to you. And desire not corruption in the land. Indeed, Allah does not like corrupters. (Koran 28:77, Sahih International)

If any does good, the reward to him is better than his deed; but if any does evil, the doers of evil are only punished (to the extent) of their deeds. (Koran 28:84, Yusuf Ali)

Feed the Poor

Surely the righteous shall drink of a cup the admixture of which is camphor, a fountain from which the servants of Allah shall drink; they make it to flow a (goodly) flowing forth. They fulfill vows and fear a day the evil of which shall be spreading far and wide. And they give food out of love for Him to the poor and the orphan and the captive: We only feed you for Allah’s sake; we desire from you neither reward nor thanks: surely we fear from our Lord a stern, distressful day. (Koran 76:5-10, Shakir)

God’s Mercy

The Mercy of Allah is (always) near to those who do good. (Koran 7:56, Yusuf Ali)

My mercy encompasses all things. (Koran 7:156, Sahih International)

But Allah is the best guardian, and He is the most merciful of the merciful. (Koran 12:64, Sahih International)

Paradise

We [angels] were your allies in worldly life and [are so] in the Hereafter. And you will have therein whatever your souls desire, and you will have therein whatever you request [or wish]. (Koran 41:31, Sahih International)

The Bible

Say (O Muslims): We believe in Allah and that which is revealed unto us and that which was revealed unto Abraham, and Ishmael, and Isaac, and Jacob, and the tribes, and that which Moses and Jesus received, and that which the prophets received from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and unto Him we have surrendered. (Koran 2:136, Pickthall)

Be ye faithful servants of the Lord by virtue of your constant teaching of the Scripture and of your constant study thereof. (Koran 3:79, Pickthall)

O ye who believe! Believe in Allah and His messenger and the Scripture which He hath revealed unto His messenger, and the Scripture which He revealed aforetime. Whoso disbelieveth in Allah and His angels and His scriptures and His messengers and the Last Day, he verily hath wandered far astray. (Koran 4:136, Pickthall)

Lo! those who disbelieve in Allah and His messengers, and seek to make distinction between Allah and His messengers, and say: We believe in some and disbelieve in others, and seek to choose a way in between; such are disbelievers in truth; and for disbelievers We prepare a shameful doom. But those who believe in Allah and His messengers and make no distinction between any of them, unto them Allah will give their wages; and Allah was ever Forgiving, Merciful. (Koran 4:150-152, Pickthall)

The Koran does not want us Christians to throw away our Bibles. We are supposed to read and study them.

The Koran Confirms the Bible

He hath revealed unto thee (Muhammad) the Scripture with truth, confirming that which was (revealed) before it, even as He revealed the Torah and the Gospel. Aforetime, for a guidance to mankind; and hath revealed the Criterion (of right and wrong). Lo! those who disbelieve the revelations of Allah, theirs will be a heavy doom. Allah is Mighty, able to Requite (the wrong). (Koran 3:3,4, Pickthall)

And unto thee have We revealed the Scripture with the truth, confirming whatever Scripture was before it, and a watcher over it. So judge between them by that which Allah hath revealed, and follow not their desires away from the truth which hath come unto thee. For each We have appointed a divine law and a traced-out way. Had Allah willed He could have made you one community. But that He may try you by that which He hath given you (He hath made you as ye are). So vie one with another in good works. Unto Allah ye will all return, and He will then inform you of that wherein ye differ. (Koran 5:48, Pickthall)

This Qur’an is not such as can be produced by other than Allah; on the contrary it is a confirmation of (revelations) that went before it, and a fuller explanation of the Book – wherein there is no doubt – from the Lord of the worlds. (Koran 10:37, Yusuf Ali)

Nothing is said to you, [O Muhammad], except what was already said to the messengers before you. Indeed, your Lord is a possessor of forgiveness and a possessor of painful penalty. (Koran 41:43, Sahih International)

The Koran teaches the same thing that the Bible teaches. Therefore, any interpretation of the Koran that differs with that of the Bible is an incorrect one.

Jesus

Let the People of the Gospel judge by that which Allah hath revealed therein. Whoso judgeth not by that which Allah hath revealed: such are evil-livers. (Koran 5:47, Pickthall)

That is because Allah, He is the Truth and because He quickeneth the dead, and because He is able to do all things; and because the Hour will come, there is no doubt thereof; and because Allah will raise those who are in the graves. (Koran 22:6,7, Pickthall)

Jesus said to him, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6, NKJV)

Allah is the truth. Jesus is the Truth. Jesus is Allah.

For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth — those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.  (John 5:26-29, NKJV)

Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:53,54, NKJV)

Allah will raise those who are in the graves. Jesus will raise those who are in the graves. Jesus is Allah.

Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. (Koran 24:35, Sahih International)

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12, NKJV)

Maybe, Lindsay does not know this, but the Greek word translated “world” in John 8:12 is kosmos. This word can also be translated universe. Allah is the light of the heavens and the earth, that is, the universe. Jesus is the light of the universe. Jesus is Allah, but He is not a partner with Allah. The Koran teaches the Trinitarian doctrine of us Christians. One has to look for it, but it is there.

The Followers of Jesus

(And remember) when Allah said: O Jesus! Lo! I am gathering Thee and causing Thee to ascend unto Me, and am cleansing Thee of those who disbelieve and am setting those who follow Thee above those who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection. Then unto Me ye will (all) return, and I shall judge between you as to that wherein ye used to differ. (Koran 3:55, Pickthall)

The Gates of Hell will not prevail against the Church. (Matthew 16:18) The Koran agrees.

Do Not Gullibly Believe Everything that You are Told

And pursue not that of which thou hast no knowledge; for every act of hearing, or of seeing or of (feeling in) the heart will be enquired into (on the Day of Reckoning). (Koran 17:36, Yusuf Ali)

Among them are unlettered folk who know the Scripture not except from hearsay. They but guess. (Koran 2:78, Pickthall)

And they have no knowledge thereof. They follow but a guess, and lo! a guess can never take the place of the truth. (Koran 53:28, Pickthall)

The Koran teaches us to use our minds and check things out. We need to find out if what we are being told is true or not. We should not be gullible and believe everything that people tell us.

I hope that Lindsay uses her mind and tries to understand the Koran along with the Bible. I have browsed the internet and have read things written by other Christians who have read the Koran. They see some of the same things that I see. In many places, it appears that Muhammad had some misconceptions about what Christians actually believe. Then, I remembered that there were heretical Christians sects living in the Middle East in ancient times. He was denouncing the heretical Christian sects and not the Orthodox Christians. He recognized that there were different sects of Christians. (Koran 19:37; 21:93) There were the Maryamites, the Sabellians, the Tritheists, the Arians, the Paulinianists, the Nestorians, and other heretical sects. Twice in the Koran, Orthodox Christians are called “believers.” (Koran 30:2-5; 85:7)

The Koran is a good book. There is a lot of good spiritual teaching in it. However, like I said before, the problem is the interpretation of the sacred texts and not the texts themselves. Many Sunni and Shiite Muslims would probably disagree with my interpretations of some of the passages. They rely on the Sunna which was written down two hundred to three hundred years after Muhammad died in 632. I use the Bible, the Church Fathers, and the Ecumenical Church Councils to try to understand it. The Koran confirms the Bible and Muhammad worshiped the Holy Trinity. Therefore, the Koran teaches my faith.

I am glad Lindsay is reading the Koran. However, if she ever abandons the Bible and allows the Koran to replace it, she will “wander far astray.” (Koran 4:136) I hope that never happens. I am glad to see that she is getting her life back on track.

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