Media needs to refrain from translating Allahu Akbar as “God is great” . “Allahu akbar” does not mean “God is great,” but rather “Allah is greater.” There is a big difference, as you can see in the analysis below:
Origin of the expression:
When Muhammad led a surprise raid on the Jewish settlement at Khaybar in 629 AD, his battle cry was “Allahu akbar! Khaybar is destroyed.” (Ibn Ishaq, The Life of Muhammad, paragraph 757) The same shout of “Allahu akbar” was used by the Islamic airplane hijackers on 9/11/01 and by Nidal Hasan at Fort Hood on 11/5/09. This battle cry is intended to give courage to the Muslims and strike fear in the non-Muslims.
In Arabic there is a clear distinction between “great” — كبير (kebir) — and “greater” — أكبر (akbar). The words are not interchangeable. (See: https://wikiislam.net/wiki/Allahu_Akbar )
An example from the Quran is Surah 2:219:
Original Arabic script:
يسالونك عن الخمر والميسر قل فيها اثمتتفكرون كبير ومنافع للناس واثمهما اكبر من نفعهما ويسالونك ماذا ينفقون قل العفو كذلك يبين الله لكم الايات لعلكم
Yas-aloonaka AAani alkhamri waalmaysiriqul feehima ithmun kabeerun wamanafiAAu lilnnasiwa-ithmuhuma akbaru min nafAAihima wayas-aloonaka mathayunfiqoona quli alAAafwa kathalika yubayyinu Allahulakumu al-ayati laAAallakum tatafakkaroona
They ask thee concerning wine and gambling. Say: “In them is great sin, and some profit, for men; but the sin is greater than the profit.” They ask thee how much they are to spend; Say: “What is beyond your needs.” Thus doth Allah Make clear to you His Signs: In order that ye may consider . . .
‘Allah’ is not simply the Arabic word for ‘god,’ but the name of Islam’s chosen deity, and ‘Akbar’ does not mean ‘great’, but ‘greater’. Greater than what? The answer is, Allah is greater than whatever god you happen to believe in. This is meant as an expression of contempt and insult to Christians and Jews, and so it should be properly translated in articles about Islamic terrorism.
How can you have a meaningful debate with someone who continuously spews lies? That was the case today at our “public outreach” at Los Cerritos mall.
Pastor J, Jim and myself dealt with this on and off all day long.
The first Muslim came up when I was still setting up and started shouting you racist. He couldn’t answer me when I asked him repeatedly what race is Islam. He refused a brochure I offered him saying if you find anything untrue or racist, let me know and if you are right I will change it.
The Muslims had a table right around the corner from us. It didn’t take long for the Pakistani Imam to pay us a visit. Sheriff Deputies and mall security arrived instantaneously, like flies descending on honey. The Imam had stupid questions for each of us, such as how do you know Islam. I responded that I could read. Pastor J let him know he studied at al-Azar University. A Sheriff’s deputy kept asking me if everything was OK. Not sure what he meant, he was right there.
Another Muslim tried to convince me that there was no place by the name of Medina. When I said maybe you know it by Yathrib, again he responded no such city. Mecca is the only holy site. Taqiyya, which means it is OK to lie to infidels if it is to advance Islam. Sad that you must lie about what you believe in, but normal for a Muslim.
Through all this malarkey we still managed to pass out over 1,000 brochures and have several intelligent conversations.
Thanks to Pastor J and Jim for coming on out today.