Nothing says Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah like Allahu Akbar.
The Anoka-Hennepin School District in Minnesota is holding a holiday concert in which students will sing a Ramadan song in Arabic which includes the phrase, “Allahu Akbar” or “God is Great.”
Some parents are questioning a choir teacher’s decision to use a song about Ramadan performed in Arabic at a holiday concert.
At Thursday’s concert at Blaine High School, one of the songs students will be singing includes Arabic words, including the phrase “Allahu Akbar.”
Students who don’t want to sing it will not be required to sing it.
Christian and Jewish songs will be performed as well, but the Ramadan song is not a hit with some parents.
Some parents said it would be insensitive after the events in San Bernardino and in Paris, according to CBS local.
The school district only received about a dozen complaints and some were from people not affiliated with the school. Most parents must be okay with the song.
The district isn’t promoting religion, the district said.
The phrase “Allahu Akbar” has become associated with the many attacks on westerners by radical Muslims.
Investor’s Business Daily, January 5:
“Allah Akbar!” cheered Egyptian Muslims while trampling the remains of dozens of Christians eviscerated in last Friday’s suicide bombing. Yet we’re assured that the phrase has nothing to do with Islam.
Video taken at the gruesome scene outside a church in Alexandria, Egypt, clearly shows local rubberneckers whooping it up as they shout “Allah Akbar!” — Arabic for “Allah is greatest!” We heard the same celebratory chant from Palestinians and other Muslims around the world as the Twin Towers burned.
The list of Islamic terrorists heard shouting the phrase before launching attacks is long. The 9/11 hijackers themselves screamed “Allah Akbar!” before crashing their planes. More recently, Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was heard crying “Allah Akbar!” before massacring 13 fellow soldiers at Fort Hood.
These radicals believe they are exalting their god by shouting the phrase during an attack, but they are the radicals.
The phrase means one thing to peaceful Muslims and another to westerners who are only familiar with it from terrorist attacks by radical jihadists.
Ramadan was June 17th to July 17th and singing the song during the Christmas-Hanukkah season is a bit forced.
What do you think? Is this song a good idea?
Source: CBS Local