Allāhu Akbar
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Allāhu akbar , “God is great” or “God is (the) greatest,” is one of the most frequently occurring Islamic formulas, the uttering of which is called takbīr (Q 74:3; 17:111). It bears witness to the absolute incomparability of God to any other being. Muslim authors stress that the elative is not meant as a comparative—God is not greater than other gods, since there are no gods other than He. In ritual prayer (ṣalāt), the uttering of Allāhu akbar is compulsory after establishing the niyya upon entering the state of consecration (takbīr al-iḥrām) and is repeated, usually five times, in th…

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Akasoy, Anna, “Allāhu Akbar”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 14 November 2018 <>
First published online: 2007
First print edition: 9789004161641, 2007, 2007-3

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