why everything has to be in Arabic

I was attending an event in an Islamic Center in a typical city of America. The speaker who spoke on Muslims’ issues in this country did a good gob, at the end the audience applauded him by clapping in a spontaneus and joyfull manner. Suddenly, a community member stood up and confidently said ” Why are you clapping, say Allah UO Akbar. The audience paused for a few moments, the community member reiterated Allah ah Akbar. The audience started saying Allah o Akbar too: as mechanically as a robot would act- but the expressed feelings seemed to lack in qualty ans spontaneity, I think. It puzzled me and made me ask the question: why? Does God understand only Arabic language or what? Did he not cause the Englishlanguage to be created too ? Why it is all right to clap and express naturally the joyous feelings in many other places, but not in a hall ( not even a masjid) in the middle of America just because there were many Muslims sitting,was that a show off of some kind that we become more sacred and pious that way ? I wanted to confront the person who wanted to outshine and dominated the situation, but I feared that I will be shoved and shunned as lesser of a Muslim.

Most Puzzled, but not muffled
K.M

2 Responses to “why everything has to be in Arabic”

  1. Saleem Ahmed Says:

    I congratulate K.M. for raising this issue. Asking people to say “Allahu Akbar” over issues is not only ridiculous but also reduces Islam to narrow confines and takes it deeper down the bottomless pit. That there was only a muffled response to this individual’s plea shows the audience was clearly not with him.

    I also congratulate KM for not debating the issue with that individual at that time. When one is super-charged with emotions, intellectual discussion can easily backfire. Also, K.M. could possibly have been branded as “kafir.”

    The bottom-line: we need to challenge such emotional outcries every time. As long as we do this objectively and proactively, we show that we are taking the high road.

  2. Imran Ahmed Says:

    I congratulate K.M. for raising this issue. Asking people to say “Allahu Akbar” over issues is not only ridiculous but also reduces Islam to narrow confines and takes it deeper down the bottomless pit. That there was only a muffled response to this individual’s plea shows the audience was clearly not with him.

    I also congratulate KM for not debating the issue with that individual at that time. When one is super-charged with emotions, intellectual discussion can easily backfire. Also, K.M. could possibly have been branded as “kafir.”

    The bottom-line: we need to challenge such emotional outcries every time. As long as we do this objectively and proactively, we show that we are taking the high road.

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