About Allahu Akbar
“Allahu Akbar” also referred to by the term Takbir, is an Islamic Arabic expression widely used by Muslims in various contexts. It is commonly translated as “God is [the] greatest” or “God is greater” in English.
Origin of Allahu Akbar
The phrase has been used by Muslims for over a millennium in various cultural and religious rituals, including as an expression of faith, distress call and declaration of victory. One of the earliest notable utterances of the Takbir on record is attributed to the Islamic prophet Muhammad at the Battle of Badr on March 13th, 624 A.D.
In the West, the phrase is often associated with Islamic extremism, largely due to its widespread usage by militant jihadists as a battle cry shortly before or while committing an act of terrorism, most notably during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as well as its frequent appearance in English-language documentaries, films and other media on the subject.
On May 3rd, 2013, the news YouTube channel Global Daily News uploaded a video of be an FSA fighter bringing down an Assad helicopter with a Chinese Fn-6 MANPADS. This clip would later then be used as a clip for “allahu akbar” videos remixes. The clip has since been deleted, but as of October 16th, 2016, the video had been viewed more than 191,000 times.
On November 17th, 2005, Urban Dictionary user 23(tu-three) submitted an entry for “Allahu Akbar,” defining it an expression “used predominately by Muslims.” On November 30th, 2008, Ebaumsworld user freshsquilla uploaded a video titled “Allahu Snackbar,” in which an explosive weapon backfires and kills two Arabic men. On October 23rd, 2012, Redditor notsafeforviewing posted an animated GIF of a man yelling “Allahu Ackbar” in a crowded room prior to detonating several containers filled with silly string to the /r/ImGoingtoHellForThis subreddit, which gathered more than 2,100 upvoted (87% upvoted) before being archived (shown below).