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|Arabic to English translations [Non-PRO]|
|Arabic term or phrase: kaffir|
|he is a kaffir|
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Another spelling would be (Kafir).
It's from the root verb (Kafara) which means two things in Arabic. It either means:
1- deny the blessing (usually of God), and in this sense it's opposite to the verb (Shakara) which means be thankful or grateful). In this sense the Kaffir is someone who dnies that blessings of God. Or it can also used to mean:
2- Unbelieve, which is usually the case in common use. The the use of the first meaning is quite common in the Quranic literature. In this case the Kaffir would be the "unbeliever".
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The term is highly context-dependent
"Kaffir" (spelled with tow Fs) is a term of disrespect used in South Africa for "a black person."
KAFIR (mostly spelled with one F) is an Arabic term, which originally meant "farmer." This usage would be considered archaic today.
In its current usage, KAFIR is a negative term meaning someone who is in denial. The denial is supposed to constitute a lack of faith or lack of faithfulness. Most commonly, it is used to mean someone who, by virtue of belief, statements, or outward behavior, is eggregiously outside the boundaries of the faith community, not just a heretic.
"Infidel" used to be the Christian disparaging term for non-Christians. It is now commonly used as a "translation" for the Arabic term KAFIR.
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