Tuesday, January 13, 2009

"Allahu Akbar" in context

Some YouTube commenters were upset when I characterized "Allahu Akbar" as an "Islamic war chant" in my video about the pro-Hamas rally in DC.

JohnnySoprano87 said:

Don't let ignorance get you. Shouting "God is Great" is nothing bad. It just happens that extremists use religion to justify thier actions. The comparison is one of us giving thanks to Christ in church while some Christian extremist doing so while killing someone.

LaRoucheisright said:

What pray tell is wrong with yelling """God is Great"? I suppose you are against using the arabic word Enshauallah meaning "God Willing" also. Try not to be quite so ignorant.

This is my rejoinder:

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Anonymous said...

Allahu akbar.

You left out another bit of evidence, according to Robert Spencer today in his piece in Human Events:

"That same shout has echoed through these rallies all over America and Europe in recent days -- the one that Muhammad Atta advised his fellow hijackers to use frequently, since hearing it, he said, struck terror into the hearts of the unbelievers."


Dom Pucci said...

It doesn't strike terror in my heart, only hatred that I didn't have before and am glad I have it now. I can tell you one thing; some of them better watch where they do the demonstrating. There will not always be police around to protect them.

Sweating Pony said...

"Cry God for England, Harry, and St. George!"

It was not uncommon for Christians in the Middle Ages to invoke the name of God in battle. The trouble is that muslims are stuck in the Middle Ages, partying like it's 999.

God is indeed great, but if you must invoke your god's name while you're beheading a defenseless man, your god is pretty weak!

Insha'Allah is the standard muslim cop-out.

Whenever you ask a muslim for something and they can't or don't want to do it or give it, they will answer, "Insha'Allah" which means, "If God wills it."

As soon as you hear those words, you can be sure God will not will it.

Saving face is an important aspect of Arab culture. It is considered impolite to decline a reasonable request. But it is also understood that someone might be unwilling or unable to accommodate the request. So they use this saying as a polite way of declining, essentially blaming noncompliance on God with whom no one can argue.

Of course, if the requestor is desperate enough or angry enough, God will will him to intimidate, threaten, or murder the guy who declined his request.

If you ask a muslim a question and he doesn't know the answer, he's far more likely to make up an answer than to admit ignorance. Partially it's a desire to please. Partially it's a relic of subservient fear. Partially it's to save face. The intonation of their voice tells you that they are lying. The inquisitor knows they are lying. It's a conspiracy of lies - a culture of lies - a religion of lies.

"Ask me no more questions and I'll tell you no more lies."