by jawaid ahmed,uk @, Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 08:41 (2461 days ago) @ Denis Sadykov

The word kafir comes from the root:-

Kaf-Fa-Ra = to conceal, to cover, to reject, to disbelieve, to be thankless, unthankful, ungrateful, to disown, deny, faithless, black horse, dark night, tiller/farmer.
[[Perhaps it should be noted that its primary meaning is to cover/conceal (hence farmer), with active/conscious intent. From this, is born: to reject/disbelieve because this is a conscious decision made by a person. Please note one can only reject something after hearing/seeing/experiencing it, not before.]]


Atheist is not the right word but it is better understood as ‘one who opposes the truth’.

Further reading if required:-

Kufr / K'afir / K'afireen - (Kaf-Fa-Ra).

Kufr means to conceal, to hide, to cover.
A person whose body is fully covered with weapons is called K'afir.
Night is also called K'afir, as its darkness covers everything.
Dark clouds are called K'afir.
A river or sea is called K'afir as it covers everything lying in its bed.
A farmer is called K'afir as he hides the seed under the soil (Taj).
A grave is called Al-Kafro as it hides the dead-body.

In the same way, K'afir is a person who conceals the fundamental and absolute values of life, given to man by Allah. A person who hides his own or other peoples' potentialities and does not permit them to develop is also known as K'afir. Keeping in view this meaning of hiding or covering, it was also used in the meaning of denial, refusal or rejection. Therefore, it was also used in contrast to the concept of Ei'man, i.e., one who denies the absolute truth as given in the Quran (2/4-2/6). K'afir is used as an opposite of Momin.

Kufr is also used as antonym of Shukr, as Shukr means something which gets prominent (14/7). From here the word "Kufran-e-N'aimat" is derived which means to hide bounties of nature, or to refuse to offer them for the good of mankind.
"Kaffara" is, therefore, an act which covers the misdeeds or the ill-effects of some wrong-doing.

Kafara has three origins:


Kufr'anun is normally used as rejection of bounties of nature, Kufr is used as a denial, refusal, or rejection in respect of affairs of Deen, and Kofur is used for both the concepts. In the Quran the plural of K'afir is given as Kuff'ar, K'afiroon or Kaf'aratun. K'afoor is the scented medicine which reduces the intensity of heat.
Kafoorun is used in stronger terms of Kufr (Raghib).

It, therefore, transpires that Ei'man and Kufr are not merely matters of faith, but cover the practical aspects of life. To accept the Quranic Laws as truthful and then live accordingly is Ei'man and to reject them is Kufr. According to the Quran, the term K'afir is not an abuse, but is a statement of fact. For example, if a party is formed, everyone who joins it is called a "member," and those who do not join are called "non-members." Accordingly those who accept Islam are called Muslims and those who do not, non-Muslims. Every non-Muslim is not a K'afir in the real sense of the term. K'afir is a person to whom teachings of the Quran are conveyed and explained and after listening to them he rejects (47/32). There might be those who have not been guided to the truth. Then there are various categories of K'afireen, e.g., those who not only refuse to accept but also hinder others from accepting it, sometimes by force. There are a number of reasons as to why a person, even after listening to this message, refuses to accept.
Some do it on account of stubbornness, obstinacy, jealousy or grudge (2/90).
Generally people do it because they feel haughty, rebellious, or have inflated egos. (35/42, 27/14).

Some people do not accept because of false prestige; and once they say no, they would stick to it come what may (7/101) .... and when one goes on repeating the denial he gets hardened in this attitude.

Once they get into this category, then their false prestige forces them to stop others, because they do not want to be left alone (47/32). For this they devise the strategy of advising other people not to listen to the Quran, and distracting them when Quran was being recited by making noise (41/26).

The people listed above are the people who will not have faith and be convinced even if one makes them aware of the dire consequences. This is because they have lost the capability of understanding (7/179).

There are two concepts of life. One is that the life is only physical; one is born, brought up procreates and after sometime dies, and there remains nothing of him. The other concept is that life is not the physical existence alone but enjoins the soul too, whose development is the real object of human life. This development of the personality enables a person to continue living even after his physical death.

The definition of Kufr, however, is not confined to the concealment of truth alone; it also includes withholding of subsistence, which Allah has created for the good of all mankind and which He wants to be freely available to all.

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