Lindsay Lohan has sparked widespread speculation that she has converted to Islam by deleting everything on her Instagram account except for the Arabic greeting “Alaikum salam” (upon you be peace).
Her mother has denied the claim, but Lohan, who lives in Dubai, has not, even as congratulations have poured in from Muslims around the world. If the reports are true, then Lohan, who for years has worked hard at amassing a reputation as a celebrity train wreck, has just made her worst career move yet.
She didn’t say what “true meaning” she found in Qur’anic injunctions sanctioning wife-beating (Qur’an 4:34), devaluing of women’s testimony (Qur’an 2:282) and inheritance rights (Qur’an 4:11), allowance for polygamy (Qur’an 4:3), or mandate of warfare against and subjugation of unbelievers (Qur’an 9:29), but that’s just the beginning of the absurdity.
Is Lindsay Lohan prepared to venture out in public with everything covered except her face and hands, as per Muhammad’s injunction (Abu Dawud 4092)? Is she willing not to go out at all unless accompanied by a male guardian, as per Islamic law? Is she happy with being judged deficient in intelligence and religious commitment, as Muhammad said of women (Bukhari 304)?
Lindsay Lohan likely doesn’t know that any of this is in Islamic teaching. She probably knows about Islam only the things she has been told by her friends in Saudi Arabia and Dubai, who are no doubt anxious to add her to the list of celebrity converts to Islam. What these converts to Islam know about their new religion could have been taken from a President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaPresident-elect Trump, don’t tamper with the successful Endangered Species Act Be warned, GOP — There are no 'permanent majorities' in American politics National service, not government, will make America great MORE speech: that it is a noble, great religion, a religion of peace, and that those who raise concerns about jihad terrorism are racist, bigoted xenophobes.
So what’s not to like? Converts and prospective converts are never told about how so many converts to Islam end up as jihad terrorists, most notably including John Walker Lindh, the “Marin County Mujahid” who was discovered fighting alongside the Taliban and al-Qaeda against American troops in Afghanistan. And there's Adam Gadahn, the self-described “revolting geek of mass proportions” who, like Lindh, discovered Islam through rap music and black grievance theater (neither were black, but both wished they were), read the Qur’an and realized that one sure-fire way to please Allah was to wage jihad against infidels, and set out to do just that.
Gadahn, before he was killed in a drone strike, rose high in the ranks of al-Qaeda, even making English-language videos addressed to the American people and introduced by al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri himself. In them, Gadahn’s revolting geekiness is on full display, as he smacks his lips nervously, pedantically argues for the falsity of Christianity and the truth of Islam, and issues threats with a bravado bred at the console of a thousand video games. Gadahn, Lindh, and numerous other converts illustrate the appeal of conversion to Islam among the psychically marginal, who find comfort in the fact that Islam has a rule (and sometimes many rules) for every imaginable human activity, relieving them of the responsibility of having to make tough moral and ethical decisions themselves.
That may be what appeals to Lindsay Lohan, who left her moral compass behind so long ago that she may not even remember having one. It is extraordinarily unlikely that even if she has converted to Islam, that she will follow Lindh, Gadahn, and so very many other converts into jihad activity.
However, she would do well to ponder this phenomenon, and ask herself why so many Americans who have converted to Islam have somehow gotten the idea that their new religion commands them to commit treason and mass murder.
That would require her to read that Qur’an she has been carrying around, and to think for herself. If she really did it, she would put the rumors of conversion to rest once and for all. But that would require bucking Hollywood’s smart set and leftist intelligentsia’s received wisdom.
Thus far in her outlandish public career, Lindsay Lohan has not demonstrated the courage to do that. But stranger things have happened.
Robert Spencer, author of the New York Times bestseller The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades), is the director of Jihad Watch. Follow him on Twitter @jihadwatchRS. Like him on Facebook here.
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