Source: Los Angeles Times
By Ahsan M. Khan, Fullerton
To the editor: Tuesday’s terror attack in New York was another despicable and vile act of cowardice at the hands of a deranged lunatic, and it is to be condemned in the strongest terms. (“Driver kills at least 8 in Manhattan in what officials say was a terrorist attack,” Oct. 31)
The alleged attacker is believed to be a Muslim, and some are pointing to the fact that he said, “Allahu akbar,” when he committed the act.
“Allahu akbar” is not a chant of violence or warfare. It is not a call to kill others in the name of Islam. To the contrary, it is a beautiful Arabic phrase that translates to “God is great.”
It is meant to be recited when we hear good news. I recited it at my wedding, when I got my first job and at the birth of my children. As a physician, I often say it when my patients get better from a treatment. I even recite it when my favorite sports team wins.