What does it mean when a Muslim raises the index-fing­er?

Answer: Expressing the unity of Allah. In Arabic, the index or fore finger is called Musabbiha (مُسَبِّحة), mostly used with the definite article: al-Musabbiha (الْمُسَبِّحة). Some­times also this word is used: al-Sabbāha (السَّبّاحة). This finger, when a Muslim makes a sign with it (by raising it), symbol­ises the unity of[…]

Allāhu ’akbar! Is it “God is great” or “God is greater” or “God is the Greatest”?

There is no clear answer.   Although Muslims say this sentence every day many times, it is not easy to translate “Allāhu ’akbar!” (الله أَكْبَر). Let’s see why.   The word ’akbar (أَكْبَر) is the comparative or superlative in Arabic. Thus, it means greater or greatest. Here comes the problem:[…]