“Allahu Akhbar!” – non-Muslims are trained to interpret its meaning by Muslims themselves

When lies and propaganda are catapulted into mainstream media and rammed down unsuspecting throats, they sound pretty much like what Lauren Booth writes in The Guardian.

Here are the vociferous protests of Lauren Booth, who does not exactly lie, but who does not either tell the whole truth when it comes to her adopted religion of Islam:

When Muslims on the BBC News are shown shouting ‘Allahu Akhbar!’ at some clear, Middle Eastern sky, we westerners have been trained to hear: ‘We hate you all in your British sitting rooms, and are on our way to blow ourselves up in Lidl when you are buying your weekly groceries.’
In fact, what we Muslims are saying is ‘God is Great!’, and we’re taking comfort in our grief after non-Muslim nations have attacked our villages. Normally, this phrase proclaims our wish to live in peace with our neighbours, our God, our fellow humans, both Muslim and non-Muslim. Or, failing that, in the current climate, just to be left to live in peace would be nice.”

Really, Lauren Booth? REALLY? A bunch of “non-Muslim nations” just woke up one morning and decided that it was probably going to be a boring day so it would be fun to bomb a few Muslim states? Just like that? No 9/11? No 7/7? No Bali, Madrid, Tel Aviv, Stockholm, Beirut, Boston, Jerusalem, Moscow, Nairobi, Paris, Copenhagen, Oslo? Really, Lauren?

Here’s a suggestion — admittedly from a non-Muslim so you will of course disregard it: by all means enjoy a life of peace, harmony, mutual coexistence. It’s what we non-Muslims want for ourselves, and feel very strongly that all Muslims too should enjoy. As should all Buddhists, Jews, Jainists, Hindus, Christians of every denomination and so on and so forth.

Note that word “mutual“? There in fact is the crux; leave us alone to get on with our lives as we see fit, and you’ll be amazed at just how much you will be left alone to get on with yours. Don’t proselytize among us non-Muslims, don’t enforce Sharia on non-Muslims who don’t want it, don’t blow up buses, restaurants, hotels, people, bathing beaches, and you’ll be surprised at how well people will accept your cries of “Allahu Akhbar” in the manner you describe them.

A manner, dear Lauren, which unfortunately bears no resemblance to reality, however much you try to whitewash that reality.

Because the reality is that the vast majority of Muslims who voice the words “Allahu Akhbar” as part of their daily prayer ritual have been hijacked by the loud-mouthed, violent, vicious, racist, pedophilia-espousing, slave-trading, human-trafficking, drugs-peddling and women-hating Islamists for whom “Allahu Akhbar” has become both a battle-cry in their war against non-Muslims, and a rallying cry to swell the ranks of an increasingly violent stream of Islam.

The stream known as Islamism, which is a political ideology masquerading as a religion (and shielding itself behind the protection of its claimed identity as a religion). The vast majority of peace-loving and law-abiding Muslims, dear Lauren, fail to take issue with those vicious, brutal and actively anti-democratic murderers shouting the words “Allahu Akhbar” while actively working to destroy our freedoms. Freedoms won over centuries of humanitarian evolution in liberal democratic societies both religious and secular.

THAT, dear Lauren, is why the cry of “Allahu Akhbar” instead evokes in so many non-Muslim ears “We hate you all in your British sitting rooms, and are on our way to blow ourselves up in Lidl when you are buying your weekly groceries.”

Because that is what Muslims have conditioned us to hear. We haven’t been taught this knee-jerk response by Buddhists, Jainists, Jews, Hindus, Christians or Bahai’ists. We’ve been conditioned to produce this response by the words and actions of Muslims.

Not all Muslims. Only the ones who call the shots.


So please, Lauren Booth, a little less in the way of self-pity and a little more in the way of honest self-criticism and soul-searching.

After all, Islam prizes honesty. That’s what I learned at school and I’m pretty sure my teachers were honest in what they taught us.

Are you?

About the Author
Served as deputy chair of the West Sweden branch of the Sweden-Israel Friendship Association. Written three political thrillers about Sweden-Israel-Gaza in The Hart Trilogy: "Bridges Going Nowhere" (2014), "The Threat Beneath" (2015) and "From the Shadows" (2016), where the action switches seamlessly between Samaria, Gaza, Israel, Sweden and Iran. Work has started on a fourth book, "Picture Imperfect".