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November 06, 2009

Allahu Akbar

So, this Allahu Akbar (or Allahu Akhbar sometimes) phrase: who says it, when where and why?

The short answer is that it's the Arab phrase for "God is the Greatest". It's said a number of times in Muslim nations. It can simply be an expression of joy, a part of prayers or an expression of faith. In fact, as this article shows, Allahu Akbar can even save your life:

Allahu Akbar can also be used as a fast and colloquial manner of converting to Islam. The simple repetition of the phrase three times, "Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar" is taken by most Islamic jurists as being sufficient expression of the core Islamic beliefs that those who say it are now Muslim. Traditionally (and perhaps anecdotally) those who say this either in battle or afterwards when captured will be deemed to have converted, become part of the Ummah (the Islamic community) and thus no longer be considered as enemies.

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