Bismillahir rahmanir raheem,
ALLAHU AKBAR: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
Allahu Akbar. We’ve all heard it, used it when making dhikr (remembrance of Allah) or know someone that uses it. But what does it mean?
Allahu Akbar roughly translates to ‘God is Greater’. This is not making comparisons between Allah swt and anything else because we know as Muslims there is no comparison. Rather it is expressing that Allah swt is greater than anything we could possibly imagine.
“Whoever glorifies Allaah (says Subhaan Allaah) thirty-three times immediately after each prayer, and praises Allaah (says Al-hamdu Lillaah) thirty-three times, and magnifies Allaah (says Allaahu akbar) thirty-three times, this makes ninety-nine, then to complete one hundred says Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahu’l-mulk wa lahu’l-hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in qadeer (There is no god except Allaah Alone, with no partner, His is the power and His is the praise, and He is Able to do all things) – his sins will be forgiven even if they are like the foam of the sea.” Muslim
When we are making dhikr we should concentrate on every word and its meaning in an effort to come closer to our Lord swt. As Muslims we often fire off our dhikr at the end of salah like an AK 47. We should recognise that every action, whether ibaadah (worship) or not, should be performed with ihsan (excellence). May He swt accept all of our ibaadah, Ameen.
allahu akbar and the adhan
If you are fortunate enough to live in a Muslim country, then you’ll hear the adhan (call to prayer) and iqamah (immediately before the prayer) 5 times a day. The first words of both the adhan and iqamah are “Allahu Akbar.” A constant reminder that Allah swt is indeed the greatest and you should prepare yourselves to worship him. The adhan calls us to success.
Therefore remember Me (by praying, glorifying). I will remember you. Surah Baqarah: 152
And remember Allah much, that you may be successful. Surah Al- Jumu’ah: 10
I came across this hadith for the first time and I thought it was beautiful subhanAllah. I’m currently on my own journey to remember as many duas as possible inshaAllah. By the Will of Allah swt in later posts I’ll share what I’ve learnt so we can all benefit.
“While we were praying one day with the Messenger of Allah ﷺ, a man from among the people said, “Allahu Akbaru Kabeera, walhamdulillahi Katheera, wa Subhan’Allahi bukratan wa aseela”, ‘Allah is the Greatest above everything else, and All Praise is for Allah abundantly, and Glory be to Allah in the morning and evening.’ The Prophet ﷺ asked, “who said those words?” A man replied, “I did, O Messeger of Allah.” The Prophet ﷺ then said, ‘I am amazed by your speech, for they caused the doors of heaven to open.’ Ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) added to this narration, “I never left saying those words after I heard the Messenger of Allah say that.” Muslim
A while ago my step-son became interested in practising Islam, may Allah swt guide him, Ameen. The first thing he asked me was “Why do people shout Allahu Akbar when they’re killing people? Isn’t Islam supposed to be about peace?”
I explained to him that there are some who are misguided but claim to be guided by Islam when doing heinous actions. A Muslim would never shout Allahu Akbar after unjustly taking another person’s life. By doing so, they are attributing things to Allah swt that are not pleasing to Him swt, casting a shadow of doubt on the deen.
It still upsets me to this day that, reverts especially, come to this deen of peace and are unfortunately misguided. It just stresses the importance of learning your deen from reputable sources. Pushing yourself to learn so you don’t rely on others for ‘interpretations.’
That’s why I started this blog. From the very beginning of my journey, I have always researched, learnt and tried to gather information from the most authentic sources and teachers. I came from a religion that relied on the interpretations of man, each church having their own ‘tafseer’ of the Bible. Each more confusing as the next resulting in me being told to ‘just believe.’ Islam freed me of that and gave me the motivation to learn and grow.
Anyway rant over, ALLAHU AKBAR! Say it loud, and say it proud! Our Lord swt is Greater!