What is the actual meaning of the phrase ‘Allahu Akbar’, which is usually written as ‘God is great’?
Allahu Akbar (Arabic: الله أكبر) is an Islamic phrase, called Takbir in Arabic, meaning ”God is greater” or ”God is [the] greatest”. Allahu Akbar or Allahu Ekber and similar variants may also refer to: Allahu Akbar (anthem), the national anthem of Libya from 1969 to 2011.
A man said in the presence of Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (a.s), a great grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (s) and the 6th holy Imam within Shia Islam:
“Allahu Akbar (God is Greater).”
Reference: (al-Kaafi vol 1. P.117)
Answered by: Sheikh Mansour Leghaei