Petrified POTUS: Allah-hu-Akbar
God is great!
If you want to sound and look classy, use French. if you want to have an appeal for cultural diversity, use Sanskrit. And if you want to unnerve the President of the United States (POTUS), just say Allah-hu-Akbar (God is great), and the guy will be sweating bullets.
Being French has been a fancy since 1066 when the triumphant Normans consumed boef while the conquered and poor English peasants cared for the cū.
The Karma and Nirvana made inroads into the English-speaking world in 1969 with California-based Surfer Magazine.
But Arabic has got its own power in the English lexicon since 9/11. Ever since the Twin-tower tragedy of 9/11 not only politics changed but also the power politics of language.
Neither Trump’s Islamophobic policies are new to anyone nor his incessant efforts to degrade the Muslims of the world. Nonetheless, without losing the wit, Allah-hu-Akbar-invokers seem to blend the prestige of French and the diversity of Sanskrit — with an added flavor to curdle the blood of POTUS.
The Islamophobia which Trump administration has been thumping about is becoming counter-productive. Ironically, after being installed in the Whitehouse, POTUS made his first international visit to Riyadh to met King Salman and other Muslim leaders at the Riyadh Summit.
How can we miss the point that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Al-e-Saud (Saud family which rules KSA) are representatives of the extreme form of militant Islam!
This is the country which still beheads its people in the name of sorcery and adultery and the beheader invokes the slogan Allah-hu-Akbar before slashing his sword through the alleged criminal’s neck. But it won’t scare Trump to meet such people. Because, in his very first international foreign visit from 20–22 May 2017, he signed a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, and was honored with the Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud; POTUS’ first foreign order. If you look up close, the very phrase Allah-hu-Akbar is engraved in there. Should we call it ignorance or irony? Why POTUS never got scared there?
However, President-elect Donald Trump, POTUS, has been creating Islamophobia among his administration and through them among the public to believe in Islam as inherently violent. From introducing tough immigration policies to travel bans, Muslims have been subject to this offensive mindset with Extreme Vetting Programs. That is the reason those simple terms “Allahu” and “Akbar,” so near to our souls which we recite five times a day, prompt a presidential response and makes international headlines.
God is really great, Allah-hu-Akbar, we grew up on this phrase and continue to live by it. But how surreal is that this beautiful supplication of Muslims has become a code for terrorism for POTUS and many like him.
It’s anything but difficult to overlook that dialect has been regularly weaponized by white supremacists. Their reactions would determine what meaning the words of Arabic language should entail. Isn’t it terrorism? Linguistic one. Shouldn’t we give the same reaction to the words like white pride, white supremacists etc.?
Having said that, these aghast optics of POTUS in the featured video and of many like him upon hearing Allah-hu-Akbar, inculcate fear of Islam. But, in reality, it has become a scroll, a palimpsest of American mutation. It’s not only oppression against Muslims but linguistic terrorism which has already destroyed the very spirit of the American dream, we have always read about. Maybe, this political highjacking of a language is the embryonic phase of an American nightmare.