Bahrain: The TAKBEER Guy Meme

This post is part of our special coverage of Bahrain Protests 2011.

In an unexpected result of Bahrain's ongoing Day of Wrath protests, the social media community came together and created Bahrain's first bona fide internet meme: TAKBEEER Guy

Drawing similar parallels to Egypt's “The Guy Behind Omar Suleiman” TAKBEEER Guy (Real name Mansour Tariq) stood behind Prominent Bahraini Islamic scholar Shaikh Abdullatif Al-Mahmood during his speech at Al-Fateh Mosque and shouted “TAKBEEER!” (A call for the audience to say ‘Allah Akbar’ [Allah is the greatest]). Calling “Takbeer” is also an Islamic alternative to clapping for more conservative audiences.

Video showing some of TAKBEEER Guy's moments during the speech (Uploaded by YouTube user youth4bahrain)

The frequency of his Takbeers added some comedy during what was an important and much anticipated speech by Shaikh Al-Mahmood. Hours after his exploits, Twitter exploded with jokes and hashtags for TAKBEEER Guy.

@HasanAlMaskati Just viewed the video of the #Takbeer Guy and can't stop keeping LMAO and realised why ppl have created all the hassle !!

@tighten @Fayo0osh in the pro-gov maseera (rally) on monday, there was a guy that kept saying #takbeer, he's very famous now!

@YasserAlHawaj Takbeer guy on BTV definitely has a soar throat! His voice is hoarse!

His image has been uploaded onto a meme generator where people can add their own funny captions..

Global Voices is Awesome TAKBEEEEEEEEER

Global Voices is Awesome TAKBEEEEEEEEER

..and has even been given the Obama Hope Treatment..

@tsalrashoud Yes we can #TakbeerGuy fans! U knew this was coming #Bahrain

Takbeer Hope

Takbeer Hope

No overnight sensation can be without a Facebook Fan Page [ar] nor a parody Twitter account (@takbeerguy)

His image has also been used for good as #UniteBH campaigners have printed tshirts with his face on them and selling them for BD5 (USD$15) each with the proceeds going to charity and to the martyrs’ families.

@mshareeda U've got my #TAKBEERguy t-shirt thanks to @ahmedzainal and who was involve in doing the t-shirt TAKBEEER #UniteBH

TAKBEER T-shirt for charity

TAKBEER T-shirt for charity

This post is part of our special coverage of Bahrain Protests 2011.


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