Apologists and “moderate” Muslims came out in full force after the New York City attack to tell the masses that extremists have hijacked and distorted the glorious meaning of 'Allahu Akbar' uttered multiple times a day by peaceful Muslims and Arab Christians.
As usual Islam leads with a half-truth. The true nature of Islam is dualism and Allahu Akbar (Allah is greater) is a perfect illustration of dualism. It is used frequently during the daily prayers five times a day. But the first recorded use of Allahu Akbar is when Mohammed attacked the Jews of Khaybar, pure jihad. So Allahu Akbar is used to mark the victory of Islam over the Kafirs AND it is used during prayer.
Which is the real Allahu Akbar--prayer and piety or the evil of a jihad victory cry? Answer: BOTH. It is ever thus.
Dr. Bill Warner is a physicist and author of several work on political Islam.