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This article is about the Islamic religious term. For the pejorative racial slur in South Africa, see Kaffir (racial term). For the song "Kafir!" by Nile, see Those Whom the Gods Detest. For the cultured milk product, see Kefir. "Kafr" and "Kufr" redirect here. For the radio station, see KAFR. For the 2007 album by The Rebel, see Kufr (album). | This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. This article needs additional citations for verification. (July 2012) | This article's tone or style may not reflect the encyclopedic tone used on Wikipedia. (July 2012) |


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Kafir (Arabic: كافر‎ kāfir, plural كفّار kuffār) is an Arabic term used in an Islamic doctrinal sense, usually translated as "unbeliever," "disbeliever," or "infidel." The term refers to a person who rejects God or who hides, denies, or covers the "truth." Contents * 1 Etymology * 2 Use of Kafir in the Qur'an * 3 Development of Kafir in the Qur'an * 4 Types of disbelief * 5 Muslim and Non-Muslim relations regarding Kafir * 5.1 Historical Relations between Muslims and Non-Muslims * 5.2 Kafir and Jihad * 5.3 New Discourse on Kafir in the American Blogosphere * 6 Kafir in the Afterlife * 7 Use outside Islam * 8 See also * 9 References * 10 External links| Etymology

The word kāfir is the active participle of the root K-F-R "to cover". As a pre-Islamic term it described farmers burying seeds in the ground, covering them with soil while planting.[1] Thus, the word kāfir implies the meaning a person who hides or covers." According to Oxford Dictionary of Islam the word 'Kafir' means: 'Unbeliever. First applied to Meccans who refused submission to Islam, the term implies an active rejection of divine revelation. In Islamic parlance, a kāfir is a word used to describe a person who rejects Islamic faith, i.e. "hides or covers [viz., the truth]."'[2] "Kafara," which shares the Arabic root K-F-R with "kafir," means to "disbelieve," and also to be "thankless," "ungrateful," "disown," or "deny." [3] The Hebrew words, "kipper," and "kofer", share the same root as "kafir" כִּפֵּר, or K-F-R. "Kipper" has many meanings including, to "atone for," "cover," "purge," or "represent" or "transfer." The last two meanings involve, "kofer" which mean "ransom." "Kipper" and "kofer" are mostly likely used together in the Jewish faith to indicate God's transfer of guilt from innocent parties using guilty parties as "ransom".[4] In a number of tribes located South of Natal in South Africa, the word "kafir" is used...
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