Can a Jew proclaim Allahu Akbar before slaughtering a cow?

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The Pe’at Hashulchan, written by R. Israel Shklover, a disciple of the Vilna Gaon states that as Muslims declare “Allahu Akbar” before slaughtering a cow, a Jewish shochet (slaughterer) may also declare this, before cutting the animal.

He reasons that as “Allahu Akbar” means “Hashem is great” and is not to be considered an interruption [hefsek] between the Hebrew blessing “al hashechita” and the act of slaughter.

This is highly unusual, as under nomral circumstances one who has uttered a blessing cannot speak until the act connected to the blessing has been completed.

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Can a Jew proclaim Allahu Akbar before slaughtering a cow?