What does "Allahu Akbar" really mean? | Media Mentions

November 8, 2017


American Muslims should insist on a tax reform that protects the poor (Religion News Service)

Written by Zara Ahmad: Based on the Treasury Department’s vague nine-page “Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code,” the vast majority of the plan is geared toward lowering the tax burden on the wealthy and in a massive way. The enormous revenue gap that will result begs the question: Will our nation’s most vulnerable members be able to survive further deep cuts in social spending that are all but guaranteed?

The Intersection of Islam with Racism & Immigration (A Matter of Spirit)

Written by Marwa Abdelghani: Immigration has a foundational relevance to Islamic history, very similar to the Jewish Diaspora, where Jews fled persecution and were exiled from their homeland. In the year 622 A.D., Prophet Muhammad and his followers fled to Medina after escaping persecution in the city of Mecca, not unlike what we see today. Medina was where Muslims worked hard to create a society of coexistence with preexisting religious communities and to fight against religious persecution.

Anxiety Over Pork-Eating, LGBT Muslim Characters Is a Happy Problem to Finally Have (The Hollywood Reporter)

Written by Sue Obeidi: "Some American Muslims are more bothered by these representations than they are by decades of stereotypical roles as terrorists, which is as strange as it is irrational. Because they expect all Muslim characters to practice their faith the way they think it should be practiced, they do not see these characters as traditionally representative of Muslims. Actually, this perpetuates an internal stereotype, and stereotypes are what we are trying to shatter."

Quotes & Mentions

 "Allahu Akbar" Has Been Hijacked By Terrorists, And Muslims Want It Back (BuzzFeed)

Sue Obeidi quoted: The film and TV projects Sue Obeidi reviews as a Muslim consultant to Hollywood are typically related to terrorism or national security and almost always include a character saying, “Allahu akbar."

Here’s What You Need To Know About The Phrase ‘Allahu Akbar’ (HuffPost)

Rabiah Ahmed quoted: To hear a spiritual phrase that Muslims use in their everyday lives twisted in this violent way is incredibly frustrating, said Rabiah Ahmed, director of media and public affairs at the Muslim Public Affairs Council.

Muslim Advocacy Groups Urge Compassion And Unity Following New York City Attack (HuffPost)

MPAC mentioned: The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) said it was “devastated and angered by this act of terror” and offered its “deepest thoughts and prayers” to the victims of the attack.

Gigi Hadid Calls Out Islamophobic Twitter User After NYC Attack (HuffPost)

MPAC mentioned: The Muslim Public Affairs Council responded to the incident on Twitter, writing, “An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us, and we will never stand for violence against those who are innocent.”


MPAC mentioned: “We call on Congress today to rise to the challenge of putting country before politics and to protect the rights of all people living in the United States by defending the Constitution,” the joint letter read, “and by rejecting the ‘total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,’ from forever being enshrined in history books as the official policy of the United States.”

>>Jeff Sessions consulted Christian right legal group on religious freedom memo (ABC)

The YWCA’s Women For Racial Justice Breakfast Served Up Hope Monday Morning (Pasadena Now)

Edina Lekovic mentioned as keynote speaker: The event’s keynote speaker was Edina Lekovic who is the director of policy and programming at the Muslim Public Affairs Council and a leading voice on American Muslims and an inter-community builder between diverse faith traditions.

Trump’s restrictions on refugees an unnecessary security measure – Muslim rights group (Vanguard)

Omar Noureldin quoted: President Donald Trump’s decision to extend restrictions on refugee admissions is an unnecessary security measure based on a nonexistent threat, Muslim Public Affairs Council Vice President Omar Noureldin said.

7 common questions from my coffee conversations about Islam (WHYY)

MPAC mentioned: Muslims consistently denounce terrorism both personally and through structural institutions like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), and statements from various mosques. Whether these denouncements are appropriately highlighted in the mass media or sought out by those who need them for their personal satisfaction is a different story.



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