“Allahu Akbar”

God is the Greatest, that is what “Allahu Akbar” translates to. Yet, so many people dread the moment they hear this word, especially in the western world where this phrase is almost a synonym to “I’m a terrorist”.

It must be one of the most misused phrases of our time. Run a search on your internet browser as you read this and see what the search results are, or just imagine hearing it while sitting on a bus or in a closed space. Most probably the most negative images will come to mind. Yet, for a Muslim, this word means greatness, purity and creates a sense of trust in someone bigger.

“Allahu Akbar” is known with Muslims as a word for celebrating faith, irrelevant of skin colour or race. This word is used in prayer by more than one billion people five times a day. It is a word which resonates with peace, yet for Europe and the US this word may mean the exact opposite. It means fear, beheadings and explosions.

The question arises, then: How does this phrase have two completely opposite meanings?

This is the reality people with twisted minds have been portraying. Every time there are killings of innocent people made in the name of God, other Muslims will be saying this word not in praise of the killings but to pray to the lord for safety and security. They too will be frightened by the disaster which would have happened and in many situations would have relatives who are victims to the attacks.

Don’t allow terrorists to contaminate this word into something which it is not. We think through language, but “Allahu Akbar” is not the language of hate and death; it is the language of peace and trust in God. There is no place for killings and terror in the name of God.

Sara Ezabe Malliue b.1996 is a Queen’s Young Leader and advocate for social inclusion. She is a law student at the University of Malta and is involved in several youth organisations. At the moment she is the commissioner for Public Policy and Right at the National Youth Council. Her interests include, International relations, politics and philosophy. In her free time she enjoys drawing and painting, reading and cooking.

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