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Arabic elative

I was always told the elative in Arabic represented the superlative. So how come the first line of the adhan (اللها اكبر Allahu Akbar)is usually translated to 'Allah is great', or 'Allah is greater' and not 'Allah is the greatest'? (I found this here and here, among other sites)

Is there a specific reason for this, or is it just a mistake?

!شكرن

(x-posted to arabic and linguaphiles)

Edit: Thanks for all your comments! I'm going to go with what wiped said, as that seems the most logical indeed. I'm very relieved to know it's not my lack of grammar skills this time ;)
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