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.”
There’s just one problem.
[T]he ones who get to own the term … live in a way that celebrates the greatness of God by obeying his commands and serving his creation, not those who flout those commands and attack his creation unjustly.
But did New York City jihad mass murderer Sayfullo Saipov really "flout" Allah’s commands? Did he really do something "unjust"?
The Qur’an tells Muslims to wage war against the "People of the Book" -- which primarily refers to Jews and Christians -- until they submit to the hegemony of Islamic law and accept second-class status (9:29).
The Qur'an tells Muslims, three times, to “kill them wherever you find them” (2:191; 4:89; 9:5).
The Qur'an tells Muslims to fight non-Muslims until “religion is all for Allah” (8:39).
And Muhammad himself -- the prophet of Islam and the “excellent example” (33:21) for Muslims to emulate -- says in the Qur'an:
I have been ordered (by Allah) to fight against the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah’s Apostle, and offer the prayers perfectly and give the obligatory charity, so if they perform that, then they save their lives and property from me except for Islamic laws and then their reckoning (accounts) will be done by Allah. (Bukhari 1.2.24)
Was Sayfullo Saipov flouting Allah’s commands by thinking that “kill them wherever you find them” means “kill them wherever you find them”?
Did he murder people that Islam considers innocent when Muhammad says that only the lives of those who believe in Allah are safe from him? That the only reason he won’t kill them is if they become Muslim?
Not to be outdone, the New York Times actually tweeted that the phrase “Allahu akbar” had “somehow” become “intertwined with terrorism.”
Somehow! How could this have possibly happened? Could it have anything to do with the thousands of Muslims who have screamed “Allahu akbar” while in the process of murdering infidels?
There's no mystery here. The association of “Allahu akbar” with jihad violence is not some new practice; in fact, it couldn't possibly be older. Muhammad himself starts the practice in the Hadith during his surprise attack on the Jews of the Khaybar oasis in Arabia:
We reached Khaibar early in the morning and the inhabitants of Khaibar came out carrying their spades, and when they saw the Prophet they said, “Muhammad! By Allah! Muhammad and his army!” The Prophet said, “Allahu-Akbar! Khaibar is destroyed, for whenever we approach a (hostile) nation (to fight) then evil will be the morning for those who have been warned.” (Bukhari 64.238.4198)
Unfortunately for the media apologists, the association of “Allahu akbar” with jihad violence goes all the way back to the beginning of Islam. Right to its founding figure.
No amount of media whitewash will change that truth.