Dan Amira of New York magazine takes Fox News Channel to task for pointing out the fact that “Allahu akbar!” does not mean “thank God.”
Without bothering to do any research, Amira mocks Fox in a mercifully brief blog post.
The amount of pure stupid regularly displayed on Fox & Friends, a show that presumably remains on the air because its hosts all possess incriminating nude photos of Roger Ailes, was too much for even John McCain to handle this morning. During a discussion about the Syrian insurgents, Fox’s Brian Kilmeade showed a video of one of them shouting “Allahu Akbar” after shooting down a fighter jet. “Listen to what they say,” Kilmeade tells McCain, as if he has discovered some sort of damning evidence. “I have a problem helping those people out if they’re screaming that after a hit.”
Kilmeade says this because, while “Allahu Akbar” is vaguely scary-sounding to him, he has no idea what it actually means, and apparently neither does anyone on the Fox & Friends staff. Watch how Kilmeade’s face freezes in a look of dim incomprehension as a flabbergasted McCain — who, for his part, seems to vastly downplay the extremism of some of the insurgents — explains that “Allahu Akbar” is basically tantamount to “thank God.”
Like Sen. McCain, Amira also doesn’t seem to know what “Allahu akbar” means. In fact it is a “war cry,” according to Robert Spencer.
Allahu akbar means “Allah is greater” – not, as it is often translated, “God is great.” The significance of this is enormous, as it is essentially a proclamation of superiority and supremacism. Allah is greater – than any of the gods of the infidels, and Islam is superior to all other religions.
Al-Islam.org states this obliquely: “Allahu akbar implies that God is superior to all tangible and intangible, temporal and celestial beings.” This may seem to be an innocuous theological statement until one recalls that Islam has always had a political aspect, and Islamic jihadists always shout “Allahu akbar” when attacking infidels. It is a declaration of the superiority of their god and their way of life over those of their victims. 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta also stated that it was meant to make the infidels afraid. He wrote instructions to jihadists that were found in his baggage: “Shout, ‘Allahu Akbar,’ because this strikes fear in the hearts of the non-believers.”