Kafir (Arabic: كافر kāfir; plural كَافِرُونَ kāfirūna, كفّار kuffār or كَفَرَة kafarah; feminine كافرة kāfirah; feminine plural كافرات kāfirāt or كوافر kawāfir) is an Arabic term (from the root K-F-R "to cover") meaning "infidel", "rejector", "disbeliever", "unbeliever", "nonbeliever".
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- ‘Kafir’ is derived from the word ‘kufr’, which means to conceal or to reject. In Islamic terminology, ‘Kafir’ means one who conceals or rejects the truth of Islam and a person who rejects Islam is in English called a ‘non-Muslim’. If a ‘non-Muslim’ considers being called a ‘non-Muslim’ or ‘Kafir’, which are one and the same, an abuse, it is due to his misunderstanding about Islam. He or she needs to reach out to proper sources of understanding Islam and Islamic terminology, and not only will he not feel abused but appreciate Islam in the proper perspective.
- Zakir Naik In Most Common Questions Asked by the non-Muslims
- To the Muslims, a Hindu (and any non-Muslim) is a Kafir. A Kafir (non-believer in Islam) is not worthy of respect. He is a low born and without status. That is why a country ruled by the kafir (non-muslim) is a ‘Dar ul harb’ (i.e. the land of war) to a Muslim, which must be conquered, by any means for the Muslims and turned into ‘Dar ul Islam’ (i.e., land of Muslims alone). (p. 301)
- BR Ambedkar, Pakistan or The Partition of India (1946)
- 'Muslims,' says the Hidayah 'should allow the narrowest passage to the Kafirs going on throughfares.'
- Hedaya , Quoted by Vidyadhar Date, The Times of India, and Time for stock tacking
- “Being kafir is a defect in both ghulam and bandi as by nature the Musalman detests to associate with or keep company of a kafir.”
- Ashraf-ul-Hidayah, Deoband, VIII, 138-39. quoted from K.S. Lal Slave system in medieval india, 1994.