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Sunday, January 16, 2011

"Allahu Akbar" does it mean Allah is a mouse as some missionaries say?

There is a claim being banded about on the internet within Islamophobic circles that dictates “AllahuAkbar” (الله أكبر) means Allah is a mouse in Hebrew. This is an obvious falsity based on ignorance and/or deception.

"Allah Akbar" means Allah is the greatest (a more literal translation is; Allah is greater). Akbar (اكبر) refers to greatest. In Hebrew the word for mouse is Achbar (עַכְבָּר).

In the Hebrew word for “mouse” (achbar עַכְבָּר), the kaf כ (the second letter, reading from right to left) omits the dagesh (the dot in the middle of the letter [1]) therefore the pronunciation of achbar is not with a “k” sound but with a “ch” sound (“ch” as in the Scottish “loch” or the German “achtung”). Thus, anybody who is familiar with the pronunciation of both languages will know AllahuAkbar does NOT mean Allah is a mouse in Hebrew. They are pronounced noticeably dissimilar to each other.

In fact, the key Hebrew letter (Kaf כ) would not even sound like ﻚ in Arabic, it would sound like ﺥ

To illustrate this further I have presented the audio for the Arabic word Akbar (اكبر) and the Hebrew word for mouse (Achbar - עַכְבָּר) – you will clearly hear the two are not the same.

Christian missionaries, try not to look silly…

Please stop peddling this outrage – it is false and immature. I have already caught TWO Christians peddling this lie. One of these miscreants claimed he had consulted a “professor” at the Moody Bible Institute - I have corrected him via YouTube email and he has graciously accepted the correction.

Would the Christians like it if Muslims began sifting through Biblical Greek and Hebrew words and comparing them with like-sounding words from other languages? No. It is immature and futile the meaning in the intended language is what matters.

Ignorant Christians insult Arab Christians

These Christians are also insulting Arab Christians (i.e. the Copts) who also use the word Akbar (اكبر). Some evangelical folk just do not think before speaking. Grow up, the lot of you!

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David Carnes said...

Jesus' response to Muslim unbelievers:

Don't kill them -- LOVE them.

David Kessler said...

The words certainly sound different when the speaker makes the effort to pronounce them clearly. Furthermore, in Hebrew the word Allah is not used for God. They have various names for God, but the only one that comes close is El or Eil - which was originally the desert God of ancient Egypt and has connotations of one who is High or who sits above humanity.

However two additional points are worth noting. The first is that in the "Hebrew" example in the video, the speaker pronounces the first vowel like the letter A. No native Hebrew speaker would do this. It is pronounced more like a U in the word umbrella. Secondly there is a linguistic relationship between the Kaf (pronounced like K) and the Khaf (as in loch). Further Hebrew pronunciation changed over time. Even the use of nekudot is a comparatively modern innovation. So whilst the words are different, the pronunciation when spoken in a normal tone can sound closer than the video implies.

However, the real issue here is that the scoffers would be less inclined to compare the two words were it not for the fact that AllahuAkbar is sometimes used in association with suicide bombers. Perhaps if the defenders of the phrase spoke out against that misuse of praise for God by murderers, the scoffers would be less inclined to scoff and mock.

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