Takbir

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Allahu Akbar is a Muslim saying. It is often used in situations ranging from a greeting to an expression of strong sentiments. It is most correctly translated as "God is greater", but in many instances "Allah is great" or 'The god is great' is an equally correct translation. "Allahu Akbar" is the first part of the Adhan, which is heard 5 times daily in Muslim communities. The saying is a very strong expression that summarizes the entire core of Islam.

This Arabic phrase was added to the Iraqi flag, in Saddam Hussein's handwriting, in 2001. Muslims say it before changing positions during their prayers.


Allah is not God. Allah is always and only called Allah in Arabic and the Qur'an. Allah is 'the god' in English. Almighty God is always and only Ilah in Arabic and the Qur'an, Ilah the Beneficent, Al-Rahman, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Therefore the Qur’an was named The Criterion, the criterion between good and evil. Qur’an 41:84 It is He Who is the only God in the heaven and the only God on the earth. Ibn Kathir: This means He is the God of those who are in the heaven and the God of those on earth. Qur’an 43:84 It is He Who is Ilah, God in the heaven and on the earth. Qur’an 19:65 Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them, so worship Him and abide patiently in His worship. Do you know of any other with His Name? Ibn Kathir: Ibn Abbas says, ‘There is no one named Ar-Rahman (the Most Beneficent) other than Him, Blessed and Exalted is He. Most Holy is His Name.’ See Quran chapters 19, 21, 25, 26, 36, 37, 41, 43, 67, etc. Muhammad, his companions and all their heirs invoked only Allah. The name of Ilah, Almighty God was and is never invoked; the bismallah, the invocation of Ar Rahman, Ar Rahim is never ever used for prayers, or either at the beginning or the end of recitation. It was and is only used as an introduction to chapters of the Qur’an. Qurtubi commentary: Seeking Refuge with Allah from Satan Introduction

Allah is always and only called Allah in Arabic and English. Qur’an 6:3 And He is Allah in the heavens and on the earth. Ibn Abbas: He is the One who is called Allah in the heavens and on the earth. The Qur'an states that the religion of Allah abrogates the religion of Abraham. The Shahada, the Muslim pledge of faith, denies God: La ilaha ill-Allah, there is no God/god but Allah. The sentence comprises a denial and an affirmation. Negation: 'La ilah' negates all forms of God or god. Affirmation: 'illAllah' affirms that there is only Allah. Before you can say ‘I believe in Allah’(illa Allah) you have to reject or disbelieve in any other god or God (La illaha). Question 179 Islam Q&A [...] Questions 114, 6703, 11819, 20239, 20815