Islamic terrorists shout “Allahu Akbar” as they slaughter and kill innocents, and apologists for these jihadists claim it has nothing to do with Islam.
“Allahu Akbar,” translated “God is the greatest,” is better rendered “Allah is the greatest.” It is, of course, Allah to whom the phrase refers.
Jihadists crying out, “Allahu Akbar,” are proclaiming the supremacy of Allah, not of some generic or non-Islamic god. Allah, and Allah alone, is the recipient of their fealty and worship.
But apologists for jihadists are pleased to translate “Allahu” as God and not Allah. Why? It serves at least two purposes. First, it obscures the identification of the worshiped (Allah) and the worshipers (Muslims). This enables apologists and sympathizers to perpetuate their myth of Islam as a religion of peace.
Second, it suggests a moral equivalence between Islam and other religions, each with its own god or gods. Therefore, apologists for Islam can immediately pivot to attacking non-Muslims and besmirching other religions, principally Christianity.
That fact that religion-based terrorism is almost exclusively committed by Muslims in the name of Allah can, therefore, be disguised and denied. By translating “Allahu” as God and not Allah, all religions can be denied. This is particularly appealing to secularists and atheists.
Apologists for jihad refuse to acknowledge even the existence of Islamic terrorism and they contend that jihad is peaceful, contrary to history (more than a millennia), reality (global violent jihad is daily in the news), and the self-identity of the jihadists themselves (who proudly proclaim to be doing Allah’s will).
Violent jihad has always been a part of Islam, prescribed by its holy texts. Its adherents, those who accept the original interpretation of those texts, truly believe they are doing Allah’s (not God’s) will.
When terrorists behead, blow-up, and butcher innocents, we should take them at their word as they give credit to Allah. Words mean things. Twisting words to mean something else does not change reality.
Author Ann Coulter recently addressed the Orwellian nature of this redefinition and misrepresentation of words. In a Facebook posting, she noted:
Jihad-deniers treat all of those expressions as equally benign. One is not. One can be a harbinger of death and destruction. (Usual caveat: Not all Muslims are terrorists and many Muslims oppose jihadism.)
“Allahu Akbar” has an historical significance in being used during various periods of Islamic conquest. It has a contemporary significance in being used, daily, by jihadists as they commit acts of terrorism. That singular expression tells the story. Jihadists commit these acts because of their Islamic faith and their devotion to the commands of Allah.
What are those commands? Here are a few (graphic from Internet):
Denying the obvious only enables these cruel zealots to continue their war on civilization in pursuit of their version of Paradise, a worldwide caliphate.
All those who love liberty and deplore the barbarism of these jihadists should demand the truth from our government, our media, and all those who are in a position of influence and power.
To defeat the enemy, we must defeat their ideology. To defeat their ideology, we must recognize it, refute it, and destroy it. Denying their intentions and motivations enables their actions to continue undeterred.
Indeed, our silence – the jettisoning of reality down the memory hole – and our refusal to fight for victory emboldens our enemies. They are eager to destroy us even as the Left pretends that they are our friends.
Update: Andrew McCarthy explains how the Orlando massacre (and other Islamist attacks) could have been prevented. Here’s but one paragraph:
“It should have been possible to see Omar Mateen coming. He was a first-generation American citizen, born in this country to immigrant parents from Afghanistan and raised in a troubled household – one in which the father is a visible and ardent supporter of the Taliban, the fundamentalist jihadist group that ruled Afghanistan in the 1990s, harbored al-Qaeda as it plotted and executed the 9/11 attacks, and to this day wages war against American troops as it fights to retake the country.”