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The Media’s Chilling Whitewash of ‘Allahu Akbar’

On Halloween last Tuesday, a Muslim named Sayfullo Saipov drove a truck onto a Manhattan bike path and murdered eight people while screaming “Allahu akbar.” In response, the establishment media has gone into a full-court press to convince Americans that “Allahu akbar” is not a phrase anyone needs to be concerned about.

The worst article, among many, was published in the New York Daily News. Zainab Chaudry of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) argued that non-Muslims shouldn’t “believe the worst” about “Allahu akbar” because Muslims don’t just scream it while murdering non-Muslims, but use it in a variety of contexts.

That is true, but it doesn’t change the fact that Muslims scream “Allahu akbar” while killing infidels because the phrase means “Allah is greater” -- not “God is greatest," as she falsely claims. It is a declaration of the superiority and supremacy of Islam.

Chaudry’s conclusion is chilling:

So the next time you hear Allahu Akbar -- whether it’s in a media report, on an airplane, or in a shopping mall, remember that the phrase used by millions of Muslims and Christians daily to praise God regardless of their circumstances, can never be justified for use when harming His creation.

This is deadly advice. If you hear "Allahu akbar" yelled on an airplane or in a shopping mall, you may well be in the midst of a jihad terror attack. If people on that airplane are now conditioned by Chaudry and the establishment media, they may not fight back. If people in that shopping mall listen to Chaudry, they won’t immediately run, because that would be “Islamophobic.”

And so the casualties will be maximized.

On CNN, Omar Suleiman -- the imam who prevailed upon Google to alter their search results so as to bury any negative information about Islam -- also argues that Muslims say “Allahu akbar” in a variety of contexts, many of them positive. He says:

[A] lone terrorist who shouts ‘Allahu Akbar’ while murdering innocent people in the streets of New York does not get to own that term.

[T]he way ‘Allahu Akbar’ often appears in the media seems to serve a nefarious agenda: to instill fear of anyone who utters the phrase and to raise concerns even about Islam itself.

See, if you notice that jihad mass murderers all over the world scream “Allahu akbar” as they murder people, you have a “nefarious agenda.” If you remember that 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta reminded himself to “shout ‘Allahu Akbar,’ because this strikes fear in the hearts of the non-believers,” you’re a hateful Islamophobe.

Suleiman -- he even cites the learned imam John McCain to make his case -- wants you to believe that “Allahu akbar” is benign and even beautiful, and that there is no cause whatsoever for “concerns even about Islam itself.”