What does Allahu Akbar mean to Muslims?

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Allahu Akbar, the voice of the Muslim community! Emerging from the heart that remembrance paves the way to our paradise.

The best Dhikr is Allahu Akbar

Junnun Misri (Rah) used to say, “Whose heart and tongue are busy in the remembrance of Allah, Allah will pour in his heart the light of longing for Allah.”

Mu’adh ibn Jabal (R) addressed some people one day and said, “There is no easy way for the children of Adam to escape from Hell except the remembrance of Allah.”

Then the people said; “O Abu Abdur Rahman, not even the jihad in the way of Allah?”

He then said, “No, although he involves in jihad in such a way that his sword breaks. Because, Allah says in the Qur’an, “And the remembrance of Allah is the best.”

Ibn ‘Umar (R) narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said about the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah: “There is no day dearer to Allah than these ten days, so keep on doing more Takbeer (Allahu Akbar), Tahlil (Subhanallah) and Tahmeed (Alhamdulillah) in these days” (Musnad Ahmad)

It was the custom of the Companions to recite the Takbeer in the market for the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah. At that time the people of the market also used to follow them saying ‘Allahu Akbar’.

Allahu Akbar: The Holy Takbeer

Allah is the greatest and the most powerful. When the Prophet (peace be upon him) invited Adi bin Hatim to Islam, he said, “O Adi, what are you running away from? Do you know anything greater and powerful than Allah? ” (Musnad Ahmad, Tirmidhi)

Live your life knowing that there are countless examples of Allah’s greatness around you.

Any negative emotion, ill will, or problem seems inaccessible colorless compared to his greatness. So, come back to him now. Praying to Him alone. Depending on Him, does not place anyone equal to Him. Worshiping Him alone, confirming His greatness. Then you will understand that everything is possible through Him.

Allahu Akbar Takbeer on the day of Eid

It has been mentioned in the hadith that more and more Takbeer should be recited on the day of Eid. The hadith also mentions the recitation of Takbeer once after every prayer from 9 Dhul-Hijjah Fajr prayer to 13 Dhul-Hijjah Asr prayer.

From some of the Companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) such as Ali (R), ‘Umar (R), Ibn Abbas (R), and Salman Farsi (R), it is narrated that, the Takbeer on the day of Eid is: “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, La Ilaha Illallah, Wallahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Wa Lillahil Hamd”.

Besides, other Takbeers have also been narrated from other companions. And this Takbeer is for Allah alone.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) also said that Allah said in Hadith Qudsi, “Honor is my garment and pride is my cloak. So, I will give severe punishment to the person who will drag one of these two.” (Muslim).

Imam Gazali (Rah) said, “Allah is Al-Mutakabbir (who acknowledges his greatness). And Al-Mutakabbir is the one who despises everything when compared to himself. He does not see greatness or majesty in anyone but himself. He sees everyone else as a subject to the king. If his point of view is correct, then he is truly Al-Mutakabbir and it is not acceptable for anyone except Allah Almighty.”