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==Introduction==
Although the phrase "Allahu Akbar" (الله أكبر) is a common phrase used by all Muslims in various situations, including the [[Salah]] (obligatory five prayers a day) and has even been used by some non-Muslims, as a show of support for the protesting Iranians; , it is widely associated with the "radical" (fundamental) Muslims who shout it while engaged in [[Terrorism|Jihad]] - which usually entails the murder of innocent non-Muslims. Many 'moderates' Muslims and their apologists claim it's is simply the [[Arabic]] translation of a common English phrase meaning "God is great!"
However, this is untrue. "Allahu Akbar" does not mean "God is great" as claimed. It actually means "[[Allah]] is greater." Greater than what? You may ask. The fact that it's is a 'war cry' for the Jihadis (more recently including Major [[Murder Has A Religion|Nidal Malik Hasan]]) should give you a clue to this. Let's us examine the use of this phrase in [[Islam and Scripture|scripture]], and the use of these words in their original Arabic.
==Allah==
'''Islamic claimClaim:'''
'Allah' is simply the Arab word for 'God.'
===Why Muslims and Apologists insist 'Allah' means 'God'===
For many (like [[Muhammad]] before them) a [[Lying for Islam|lie]] is worth being told if it will facilitate proselytisation (Da'wah). For others, 'moderate' Muslims and non-Muslims alike, it's is purely out of ignorance. Language is always evolving, so the actual definition of a word and its popular usage can, and very often does, differ. For example, 'gay' still means 'happy' but through its use in western pop-culture, it can also mean '[[Islam and Homosexuality|homosexual]]'. This is also the case for the word "Allah" in predominantly Muslim cultures and societies. It is used interchangeably with 'God', as most people are Muslims; to them Allah is God, thus to make a distinction would be redundant.
It is unfortunate how so many are willing to take advantage of people's ignorance of the Arabic language when it suits their purpose. For example: the [[Fake Conversions|false conversion]] story of pop legend [[Michael Jackson (Conversion to Islam)|Michael Jackson]]. A video entitled 'Inshallah' (Allah willing) has been doing the rounds on user-contributed media sites like YouTube. It contains edited footage of Michael Jackson using the phrase 'Inshallah,' and its editor proudly proclaimed on its page "only Muslims say Inshallah." a view which was echoed by many of the Muslim commentators who viewed it. However, it was simply a case of selective editing. The Muslim who made the video had cut off the first part of Michael's statement. It was a 12 year-old promo for his Tunisian fans on the eve of his ''HIS''tory world tour. Since Arabic is [[Tunisia]]'s official language and since Arabic-speaking Jews and Christians living in Tunisia also use the phrase 'Inshallah', it was not proof that he had converted to Islam.
==Akbar==
'''Islamic claimClaim:'''
'Akbar' means 'great.'
==Conclusion==
'Allah' is not simply the Arabic word for 'God,' but the name of Islam's chosen deity (i.e. the pre-Islamic [[Hubal|moon god]] located in the [[Ka'aba]].) 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''.
==See Also==
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