Reclaiming ‘Allahu akbar’ from its misuse by terrorists

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.

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  1. @ I often say it when my patients get better from a treatment. I even recite it when my favorite sports team wins.===

    There is nothing wrong to recite Allahu Akbar as long as do not loudly and make non Islam feel offended..
    I urge Muslim to recite in your heart, Allah knows it. You do not need to recite with loud voice, invite Islamophobia feel offeded or others. Better be wise than ignore others.

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