Here we go again. After the New York City jihad mass murderer Sayfullo Saipov was widely reported as screaming “Allahu akbar” as he drove his truck along a bike path and murdered eight people, the establishment media went into a full-court press to fool people into thinking the phrase “Allahu akbar” was nothing to be concerned about. One wonders who is directing these media initiatives. Who set the talking points after the New York attack, that “Allahu akbar” would be the next point to be defended and whitewashed? Why do the establishment media lemmings constantly march in lockstep? Who is paying them?
In any case, the fact that Muslims say “Allahu akbar” in benign contexts does nothing to mitigate the fact that jihadis routinely scream it while murdering Infidels, in order to “strike terror in the enemies of Allah” (Qur’an 8:60).
“Muslims want to reclaim ‘Allahu Akbar’ from extremists,” by Jen Mills, Metro.co.uk, November 4, 2017:
It’s part of the five daily prayers, and an expression of joy – for example after happy life events, like a wedding or baby being born.
But unfortunately, extremists have made it a source of fear.
The Uzbek suspect in New York’s terror attack last week, for example, is said to have shouted the phrase before mowing down cyclists.
It means some people believe it’s code for a terror attack, because that’s the only context they have heard it reported in.
But many Muslims have been speaking out to reclaim a key part of their religion from extremists who have given it that negative connection.
‘For the record, “Allahu Akbar” has no inherent political/violent connotation meriting instant terror diagnosis,’ Rabia Chaudry said. ‘I say it like 20 times a day.’
In the New York Times, Wajahat Ali said ‘I want ‘Allahu Akbar’ back’.
‘I say “Allahu akbar” out loud more than 100 times a day,’ he said. ‘Yesterday, I uttered it several times during my late-evening Isha prayer. Earlier, during dinner, I said it with my mouth full after biting into my succulent halal chicken kebab.’
The phrase is also said by Christians in the Middle East, as the Arabic word for God is Allah.
I was in daily and regular contact with Arabic-speaking Christians for sixteen years, and never once heard any of them ever say “Allahu akbar.” In fact, I discussed the phrase with them several times, and it was clear that it made them recoil, as it was associated with Islamic jihad violence.
But given that for many people, the only time they hear it is when it’s reported in connection with an atrocity, it leads to situations like the one Jiva Akbor found herself in.
She had got on a flight when an Islamic group she is part of, Quran Revolution, messaged her saying that their car had been broken into and completely ransacked.
Jiva sent them a message of support: ‘HasbiAllahu la ilaaha illaahu alayhi tawakaltu may Allah make the day easy for you all!’
The woman sitting next to her reported Jiva to the airline staff merely for writing the word ‘Allah’, as she didn’t understand and was panicked by it.
In the end, they actually ended up becoming friends when Jiva explained she was ‘just a regular Muslim girl travelling’ and comforting colleagues who had been burgled….