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Why the establishment media and public officials keep mistranslating “Allahu Akbar”

They can count on the ignorance of most of their readers, the tacit approval of Muslim leaders who want the real meaning of the phrase obscured, and the assurance that none of their peers will hold them accountable for this inaccuracy, because the truth would be “Islamophobic.”

Google translate: God is the greatest

“Why media, officials mistranslate ‘Allahu akbar,’” by Art Moore, WND, November 2, 2017:

As the horrific news broke Tuesday that the driver of a Home Depot rental truck in New York City had mowed over pedestrians and bike riders, “terrorism” naturally came to the minds of most Americans.

When reports began circulating that witnesses heard the perpetrator yell “Allahu akbar,” even law enforcement officials typically reluctant to apply the terrorism label to such incidents acknowledged they were looking at something more than a tragic accident.

“Allahu akbar” is an Arabic phrase that has become significant in this post-9/11 era, yet in the aftermath of the attack Tuesday in which eight people were killed and a dozen injured, official after official and news outlet after news outlet mistranslated it, insisting it means “God is great.”

An accurate translation – and even Google Translate affirms it – is “Allah is the greatest” or, literally, “Allah is greater,” as in the god Allah is greater than all other gods.

The interpretation is important, contends Islam expert Robert Spencer, because it makes clear that the threat Western Civilization faces is rooted in a historic dogma of global conquest.

“‘God is great’ is a bland statement of piety. ‘Allah is greater’ is a declaration of supremacism and superiority, and of victory over the infidels,” Spencer told WND.

“The former is just an expression, the latter a declaration of war and of victory in that war,” said Spencer, the director of Jihad Watch and the author of 17 books about Islam.

Aware of the fear “Allah akbar” strikes in Americans, the New York Times ran a story Thursday headlined “‘Allahu Akbar!’ An Everyday Phrase, Tarnished by Attacks.”

Times reporter Eric Nagourney typically mistranslated the phrase, writing: “The Arabic phrase, which means simply ‘God is great,’ has, it sometimes seems, become intertwined with terrorism.”

CNN’s Jake Tapper mistranslated it in the aftermath of the attack Tuesday when he commented “Allahu akbar” is “sometimes is said under the most beautiful of circumstances.”

Tapper, who got into a Twitter battle with Fox News host Sean Hannity over his comment, said to a guest on his show “The Lead”: “The Arabic chant ‘Allahu akbar,’ God is great, sometimes is said under the most beautiful of circumstances. And too often, we hear it being said in moments like this.”…

Spencer explained to WND why establishment media outlets such as the New York Times get away with continuing to publish mistranslations of the phrase.

“They can count on the ignorance of most of their readers, the tacit approval of Muslim leaders who want the real meaning of the phrase obscured, and the assurance that none of their peers will hold them accountable for this inaccuracy, because the truth would be ‘Islamophobic,’” he said.

Asked whether or not there were any Muslim leaders or scholars the Times could interview who could set the record straight, Spencer replied, “Not that I know of.”…

Translating and understanding “Allahu akbar” as “merely ‘God is great’ strips the phrase of its crucial aspect of Allah’s supremacy over all other deities,” wrote Yigal Carmon of the Middle East Media Research Institute on Wednesday.

Carmon cited MEMRI’s October 2016 analysis of Allahu akbar, which explained how and why the phrase is misunderstood and mistranslated in the West.

The report acknowledged: “Translating concepts from one language into another is a difficult endeavor. Translating concepts that have no equivalent in the target language is even harder. Translating religious concepts for a culture in which religion has ceased to play a central role in the life of the individual and in society is hardest of all.”

One of the reasons for such mistranslations, MEMRI said, “is the fact that in the modern Western world the struggle for supremacy among religions has almost completely ceased, and to the extent that it still exists, it is nonviolent.”

“Therefore, statements of religious faith that embody a continuing historical struggle for divine religious supremacy lack a modern religious/cultural conceptual basis through which to be understood in the West, and consequently lack a linguistic equivalent.”…

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EDITORS NOTE: When you type into Google translate the Arabic phrase “Allahu Akbar” the English translation is “Allah is the greatest.”

Paris: Muslim screaming ‘Allahu akbar’ slits throats of father and son

“Police have called for caution to be taken before speculating over the motive for the double murder after it was reported that the knifeman shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ (‘God is greatest’, in Arabic).”

Actually it means Allah is greater, i.e., greater than your god. It is a declaration of supremacism and a demand for submission. But authorities in France, blind as ever, are in doubt as to the motive for the attack, because, you know, Methodists and Hardshell Baptists and Theravada Buddhists and all sorts of other people scream “Allahu akbar” all the time while they’re clipping their fingernails or going to the movies or doing any number of random things, so it doesn’t really have any particular significance, right?

In this case, since the victims were the man’s father and brother, he may have thought them apostates for some reason, or to have sullied the family honor.

“Man held after father and brother found with throats slit on Paris street,” The Local, March 17, 2017:

Police in Paris have launched an investigation after two men, a father and his son, were found with their throats slit in a trendy part of the French capital. Another son has been arrested in connection with the murders.

A man was arrested in Paris on Friday suspected of slitting the throats of his father and brother outside a building in the capital’s trendy 11th district, police sources told AFP.

The sources, who asked not to be named because they were not authorised to speak publicly, said the reason for the attack was being investigated.

The two men died at the scene despite efforts by paramedics to save them.

Police have called for caution to be taken before speculating over the motive for the double murder after it was reported that the knifeman shouted “Allahu Akbar” (‘God is greatest’, in Arabic)….

Images and videos posted from the scene showed the area was calm while many residents told Le Parisien newspaper they had not seen or heard anything.

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EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on Jihad Watch.

VIDEO: Muslims give Nazi salute screaming ‘Adolf Hitler, ‘Allahu Akbar’

Nothing to be concerned about. If German authorities start a few youth basketball leagues and enroll these fellows in jobs programs, this problem will clear right up.

Video thanks to Vlad Tepes.

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VIDEO: Muslim terrifies passengers on crowded airliner by repeatedly screaming ‘Allahu akbar’

As you watch the video, note how loudly he is praying. The idea of praying quietly out of consideration for his fellow passengers never enters his mind: his prayer is a declaration of supremacism and an assertion of power. Also note that the terror of some of the passengers is perfectly understandable given the contexts in which “Allahu akbar” is most notoriously heard these days. For some reason these passengers don’t associate it with fuzzy bunnies and unicorns. How odd.

“‘I was woken to this guy shouting in my face’: Muslim man yells ‘Allahu Akbar’ repeatedly terrifying Etihad airline passengers as he performs call to prayer,” by Harriet Mallinson, Mailonline, April 1, 2016:

Passengers became terrified after a man began shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ at the top of his voice on a plane.

Mobile phone footage has been uploaded online of a man in traditional Islamic dress shouting the Arabic phrase…but he’s actually just praying.

Terrified passengers on an American Airlines flight watch as the Muslim man stands next to the exit door yelling in Arabic.

A man on the flight posted the video to Reddit with the caption: ‘Asleep on a plane, I was woken to this guy shouting in my face.’

While on YouTube he wrote: ‘I was asleep at the emergency exit and awoke to this. He had to cover his ears he was shouting so loud’.

‘Just to be clear, I’ve seen plenty of people pray on flights before but never have I witnessed a call to prayer like this.’

The man is in fact performing the end of the call to prayer – a task that falls to the appointed ‘muezzin’ at a mosque.

It is thought he is saying: ‘Hasten to real success, Hasten to real success, Allah is Great, Allah is Great. There is no divinity but Allah’

Allahu akbar actually means “Allah is greater,” i.e., greater than your god.

The seven hour flight from Abu Dhabi to Manila on UAE airline Etihad, routinely carries a large number of Muslim passengers.

Screens on-board indicate at all times the direction of Mecca and Muslims praying is not an unusual sight.

The redditor wrote online ‘I’ve taken this route many times before and have never seen this before. People pray pretty frequently, but that doesn’t really affect anyone else.’

Other users have been less fair: ‘Terrifying? It’s f**king annoying that’s what it is,’ one writes. ‘Have some respect for the people travelling with you. The guy was even sleeping right in front of that asshole.’…

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Muslim screaming “Allahu akbar” tries to run down soldiers guarding mosque

This was initially reported, predictably enough, as an attack on the mosque itself, as if some greasy Islamophobe had been behind the wheel. The reality is less surprising but more inconvenient for mainstream media mythmaking.

“Valencia: a North African shouting ‘Allah Akbar’ rushes 4 military personnel outside the mosque, according to witnesses (update),” translation of “Valence : un nord-africain fonce sur 4 militaires devant la mosquée en criant « Allah Akbar » selon des témoins (Màj),” Fdesouche, January 1, 2016 (thanks to Blazing Cat Fur):

One man of North African origin, aged about thirty years, was driving. He twice rushed his car at the soldiers, and according to several witnesses, was shouting “Allah akbar.”

The driver acted alone. “We have seen this person, he is of North African origin,” one of the imams of the mosque, Abdullah Dliouah, told AFP. According to witnesses cited by Mr. Dliouah, the man had not expressed jihadist sympathies before the time of the attack.

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‘Allahu akbar’ doesn’t mean what media says it means

Over at Breitbart today I explain how the phrase “Allahu akbar” means almost everything — except what the establishment media says it means:

Media outlets routinely mangle the true meaning of “Allahu akbar,” the ubiquitous battle cry of Islamic jihadists as they commit mass murder.

The war-cry is mistranslated in the Western media as “God is great.” But the actual meaning is “Allah is greater,” meaning Allah Is Greater Than Your God or Government.

It is the aggressive declaration that Allah and Islam are dominant over every other form of government, religion, law or ethic, which is why Islamic jihadists in the midst of killing infidels so often shout it.

One primary purpose of shouting is to “strike terror in the hearts of the enemies of Allah.”

Chief 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta made this explicit in his letter to himself before carrying out his jihad mission: “When the confrontation begins, strike like champions who do not want to go back to this world. Shout, ‘Allahu Akbar,’ because this strikes fear in the hearts of the non-believers.” This is why the Fort Hood jihad killer, Nidal Malik Hasan, shouted it as he shot thirteen Americans in November 2009, and why so many other jihadis have used it essentially as an announcement that non-Muslims are about to die.

But it is also frequently used when no infidels are within earshot. According to Islam, Allah is sovereign and dominant over all things, and controls everything. His control is so absolute he decides if unbelievers reject Islam, according to the Qur’an.“If we had willed, We could have given every soul its guidance,” but instead, “I will surely fill Hell with jinn and people all together.”

This sovereignty over absolutely everything leads the willing slaves of this god to exclaim “Allahu akbar” in a multitude of apparently contradictory situations:

“Allahu akbar” can be a declaration of joy and gratitude to Allah, as in this video, when the jihadis shout it after shooting down a helicopter, with particular vibrancy when the helicopter bursts into flames. It can also be an expression of grief and anger, as in this video, in which Syrians exclaim it as an airstrike hits their village.

This video of a failed rocket launch illustrates the variety of uses.

As the rocket begins to ignite, and then launches, only to travel a couple of feet and explode in their own compound, the watching jihadis shout “Allahu akbar!” repeatedly, like characters in Orwell’s 1984 book who are restricted by Newspeak to think only thoughts that can be expressed by a few permitted words.

First come the fervent “Please-make-it-work” “Allahu akbars,” and then the excited “Wow-its-working!” “Allahu akbars,” followed by, as the rocket fails, the resigned “Too bad” “Allahu akbars,” the apologetic “We’re-sorry-please-forgive-us” and the reassuring “Allah still is on our team” “Allahu akbars.”

In contrast, a group of free Christian or post-Christian Westerners would have appealed to diligence, effort, luck and science — “Be careful!” “Go!” “Sh..,” and finally, “Back to the drawing board.”

In Islam, the outcome actually determined by human choice, math, probability, luck and machinery are all under Allah’s control, and so the most appropriate thing to say no matter what happens is…Allahu akbar.

In terms of its connotation, then, “Allahu akbar” can mean just about anything — except the one phrase it is most often rendered as in English, “God is great.”

Even though “Allah” means “the God” and is used by most Arabic-speaking Christians to refer to the God of Christianity, when jihadis use the phrase, they mean to emphasize the superiority of Islam and its god – hence it would be more precise to leave the word untranslated and render the phrase “Allah is greater” in English.

And to say “God is great” in Arabic would require a different word — Allahu kabir, because akbar is the elative, or comparative and superlative, form of kabir.

Thus a Christian equivalent of “Allahu akbar” would not be “Jesus is great” or, to use an actual Christian phrase, “Jesus is Lord.’ In its variety of connotations and uses, it corresponds roughly to the Evangelical/Pentecostal use of “Praise the Lord”; however, that phrase contains none of the notions of superiority that are inherent in “Allahu akbar.”

If the Christian terrorists of media myth ever became reality and were casting about for a phrase they could use the way Muslims use “Allahu akbar,” they might shout something like “In hoc signo vinces.” That’s the Roman Emperor Constantine’s fourth-century vision of victory under the Christian Cross — In this sign conquer — shortly before he won the Empire-changing battle of the Milvian Bridge.

But in “Allahu akbar,” Islamic conquest is simultaneously asserted and assumed – and the Latin phrase has none of the compactness nor the multiple-meanings of “Allahu akbar.”

Nor does any Christian phrase carry any of the whiff of threat and menace that “Allahu akbar” possesses….

Read the rest here.

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Muslims screaming “Allahu akbar” attack soldiers at Rome cathedral

A scene that will be played out many, many more times in the coming months and years.

“Two homeless Arabs attack soldiers at Rome cathedral,” ANSA, December 15, 2015 (thanks to Insubria):

(ANSA) – Rome, December 15 – A Palestinian and a Tunisian national were arrested after they tried to disarm soldiers stationed outside Santa Maria Maggiore cathedral while yelling “Allah (God) is great”, Rome police said Tuesday.

When police intervened, the two men aged 40 and 30 called other foreigners in the area to their aid, and assaulted and threatened the arresting officers. After they were taken to the police station, they continued to speak out against law enforcement and Europe in both Arabic and Italian. They were charged with resisting and threatening an officer and instigation to commit a crime with intent to commit terrorist acts, slapped with an expulsion order, and taken to a migrant reception center in the southern city of Bari prior to repatriation.

A background check revealed they had several expulsion orders pending, police said.

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Italy: Muslim Screaming “Allahu Akbar” Holds Knife to Tourist’s Neck

Chiara-FriscoWhat could be more wonderfully romantic than Ramadan in Rome? “Knifeman shouting ‘Allah is great’ forces tourist to her knees as he holds a blade to her neck at Rome’s Colosseum in terrifying random attack,” by Hannah Roberts, MailOnline, July 14, 2015:

A tourist was forced to her knees at knifepoint at Rome’s Colosseum in a terrifying attack that recalled an ISIS-style execution.

Hundreds of horrified visitors to the Italian landmark looked on as the attacker held a kitchen knife to the neck of a 26-year-old woman and yelled ‘Allah is great’ and ‘It is God that sends me’.

The man held Chiara Frisco hostage for several minutes as he yelled religious fanaticism at the crowd with police powerless to act.

One witness said: ‘It seemed like a scene from ISIS.

‘He made the girl get down on her knees like you see in the terrorists’ videos, while he held a knife to her throat.

‘The only thing missing was the orange jumpsuit.’

Others told Il Messaggero he was yelling ‘incomprehensible things, but among them “Allah is great”.’

Miss Frisco, from Vasto on the Adriatic coast, who was visiting her sister in Rome to celebrate her graduation, said she feared ‘the worst’ when the knifeman grabbed her.

Speaking from hospital where she was being treated for shock, she said: ‘We came from Vasto to celebrate my sister’s graduation.

‘We were supposed to meet her in the evening. While waiting we decided to take a walk and go and see the Colosseum.’

She was sitting on a low wall with my boyfriend and other friends on Monday afternoon when the ‘maniac’ struck.

She told La Repubblica: ‘I felt myself pulled suddenly into the middle of the crowd. Then I felt the blade of the knife that he was holding against me. I feared the worst would happen.

‘I could not see the weapon. The whole attack lasted seconds but I felt a tremendous fear.

‘The man was yelling like a maniac. Luckily the police came though.’

When the police arrived, the attacker ran off through the Forum packed with tourists towards the centre of Rome, piazza Venezia, where he was disarmed and arrested. …

EDITORS NOTE: The Muslim who attacked Ms. Frisco is not a “maniac” as the story implies. He is a follower of Mohammed and is a Fitnaphobe carrying out the will of Allah. This Mohammedan fits the profile of a known wolf, a person who is a devout Muslim and follows shariah laws.

We have pointed out that whenever an individual who is Muslim perpetrates a violent act words like disturbed, estranged, mentally ill, psychotic and troubled are used. To date none have given a clinical name to the social disease infecting growing numbers of Muslims who act violently against others (Muslims and non-Muslims alike).

A key to understanding why some Muslims act violently is captured in one word: Fitnaphobia.

Fitnaphobia is defined as:

An overwhelming and unreasonable fear of forces that cause controversy, fragmentation, scandal, chaos or discord within the Muslim community, thereby disturbing social peace and order within the Ummah (the Muslim community).

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