What does "allah akbar" mean?

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    Meaning and application of the prayer: Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest)

    The phrase 'Allahu Akbar' is the opening declaration of every Islamic prayer and is a slogan which was prescribed by the Holy Prophet Muhamad (upon whom be peace) to the mujahids of Islam. The meaning of this prayer has been explained by Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah, also known as Aga Khan III,1 as follows:

    "Consider for example the opening declaration of every Islamic prayer: "Allah-o-Akbar". What does that mean? There can be no doubt that the second word of the declaration likens the character of Allah to a matrix which contains all and gives existence to the infinite, to space, to time, to the Universe, to all active and passive forces imaginable, to life and to the soul."

    The Universe is the physical manifestation of Allah's Will. All that we see, feel, hear, touch and smell shows the greatness of Allah. We marvel at the inventions of humans. For example, computers have changed our way of thinking and conducting our daily activities. However, this machine has very limited power to process information compared to the capacity of human mind. Human beings process a vast amount of information through their five senses continually. When we compare our abilities with forces of nature, we realize that Allah is Great and his creation is endless.

    Each human being has a physical, spiritual and intellectual existence. Islam teaches that the Universal Soul is eternal and present everywhere as per the following quotation of Imam Sultan Muhammed Shah2:

    "Islamic doctrine goes farther than the other great religions for it proclaims the presence of the soul, perhaps minute but nevertheless existing in an embryonic state in all existence in matter, in animals, trees, and space itself. Every individual, every molecule, every atom has its own spiritual relationship with the All-Powerful Soul of God. But men and women, being more highly developed, are immensely more advanced than the infinite number of other beings known to us. Islam acknowledges the existence of angels, of great souls who have developed themselves to the highest possible planes of human soul and higher, and who are centres of forces which are scattered throughout the universe. Without going as far as Christianity, Islam recognizes the existence of evil spirits which seek by means of their secret suggestions to turn us from good, from that stait way traced by God's finger for the eternal happiness of the humblest as of the greatest -- Abraham, Jesus, Mohammed."

    Soul is present in atoms, molecules, plants, animals, humans and in space. Human beings are composed of billions of atoms and Islam teaches us that the soul is present in each and every atom. In order to develop one's inner self, it is necessary to awaken the soul by invoking Allah on a continual basis. These spiritual exercises create an inner awakening and lead to the development of the total human potential.

    Allahu Akbar is recited on many occasions:

    In the beginning of prayer of Hazrat Bibi Fatimah (upon whom be peace);

    When animals are slaughtered; and

    By the mujahids of Islam.

    In addition to this, the Holy Prophet has encouraged Muslims to recite this prayer according to the following hadith3:

    "Abu Huraira reported God's messenger as saying, "To say: Glory be to Allah; Praise be to Allah; there is no god but Allah; and Allah is most great, is dearer to me than everything on which the sun rises."

    However, esoterically this prayer plays a great role in the spiritual elevation of human beings because it invokes the great help of Hazrat 'Izra'il (upon whom be peace), the angel of death and resurrection. Through this activity, Hazrat 'Izra'il (may peace be upon him) awakens their inner dimension. It is then possible to see the greatness of Allah in a spiritual and intellectual form within one's own soul and intellect, and experience monoreality. This is the reason wise believers engage in the remembrance of God day and night.

    Let us now recite this prayer thirty-three times with humility, courage and conviction:

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    A'uzu billahi minashaitanir rajim

    I seek refuge in Allah from the outcast Satan.

    Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim

    In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

    Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar (3)

    Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest

    Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar (6)

    Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest

    Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar (9)

    Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest

    Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar (12)

    Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest

    Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar (15)

    Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest

    Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar (18)

    Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest

    Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar (21)

    Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest

    Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar (24)

    Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest

    Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar (27)

    Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest

    Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar (30)

    Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest

    Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar (33)

    Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest

    Al-hamdu lillahi rabbil 'alamin

    Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds!

    End Notes

    • Bruce2 years agoReport

      To me, this phrase was the last thing friends heard before they were slaughtered. That's what it means to me.

  • 3 years ago

    Allah Akbar

    • Ryan3 years agoReport

      What a queer, and also a moron.

  • 3 years ago

    Allahu Akbar

  • 3 years ago

    I think it means order me a round of drinks I'm about to have sex with 99 virgins.

    • Ryan3 years agoReport

      But why would you care if there were virgins, with bodies, around you, when you just left your body to become soul? The body is a burden. We constantly have to feed it, rest it, etc. Why would you Want to leave it so that you could somehow get it back to have earthly sex?

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  • 5 years ago

    It means "I have a bomb strapped to my waist and I m going to try to kill as many kaffirs as I can before I paint the street with my intestines."

  • 4 years ago

    It means "I learned this from my parents and country, I have no brain and I follow this movement, no matter where it takes me!"

    • Wilson3 years agoReport

      hmmm and what did you learn from your parents and country, i wonder?

  • 4 years ago

    Allah and Mohammad are false idols.

    • Ryan3 years agoReport

      Thanks. Thanks for enlightening us with such deep intellect.

  • 3 years ago

    Gay.

  • 3 years ago

    it means "it's funny how many of you nazi types might have learned something about religion if you had read the answer before making you bigoted jokes"

  • 3 years ago

    I m off to allah s shag bar!

  • 5 years ago

    It means the cowards that pose as a so called peaceful nation and religion, happens to be barbaric, and we should nuke them ASAP,

    they can shout that crap as they go seek their 40 virgins

    • John7 months agoReport

      are greatest terrorist are the domestic white male .all others pale in comparison .

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