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Published On: Thu, Sep 5th, 2013

John McCain compares Syrian rebel’s shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ to a Christian saying ‘Thank God’

While many are nervous about supporting the Syrian rebels, John McCain continues to speak out in support of the group.

McCain argues during a Fox News interview that the Syrian rebels who are shooting down Assad’s aircraft and then shouting ‘Allahu Ackbar’ are moderates because he’s been there and met them. After all, a Muslim saying ‘Allahu Ackbar’ is the same thing as a Christian saying ‘Thank God’

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Translated as “God is great”, or “God is the Greatest” it can be used by Muslims to express delight and euphoria or as a war cry during battles.

The phrase is also used as a jihadist ‘war cry,’ which was the case with Nidal Hasan in the Fort Hood shootings.

One of the English translators of the great 14th century Muslim jurist (d. 1350) Ibn Qayyim’s “The Way to Patience and Gratitude” opts for “Allah is Greater” as the specific translation of Allahu Akbar. On page 463, the following explanation is provided:

…I preferred using “the Greater” to “the Greatest”… Allahu Akbar literally means, “Allah is Greater” with the comparative mode. Yet, this does not mean that He (Glory be to Him) is not the Greatest, nor does it mean that there is anything that is put in comparison with Him. This is because when the Muslim says it, he means He is “Greater” than anything else, which, consequently, means He is the Greatest. This use gives more influence. This may be why it is used in Arabic this way, otherwise it should have been used as “Allahu al-Akbar”, in the superlative mode. Surely, Allah Knows best.

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  1. Pine 4 Better Daze says:

    Re previous posting on the Global Research report:
    Go directly to their website– http://www.globalresearch.ca/
    The story IS there!

  2. Pine 4 Better Daze says:

    Senator John McCain is evil and guilty of treason in consorting with Islamic terrorists…
    who killed our ambassador and three other Americans in Libya. And Islamic “rebels’
    today are now murdering Christians in a Syrian village near Damascus!!
    See this very disturbing disturbing Global Research report of Sept. 6, 2013:
    ‘Senator John McCain, Foreign Relations “Adviser” to Al Qaeda Death Squads in Syria’
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/senator-john-mccain-foreign-relations-adviser-to-death-squads-in-syria

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