Definition of Kafir


A kafir is a person who is not a Muslim.

Islam makes a sharp distinction between Muslims on the one side and everyone else on the other. Their laws distinguish this too. In Shari'a law, a Muslim can testify in court against a kafir, but a kafir may not testify against a Muslim. In Shari'a law, it is illegal for a Muslim to kill a fellow Muslim, but it is not illegal for a Muslim to kill a kafir. A kafir is an unbeliever, an infidel.

Political Islam has a good definition also: Defining Kafir, complete with quotes from the Koran describing how Muslims ought to deal with kafirs. It's not pretty. defines it this way:

Kafir is an Arabic word literally meaning "ingrate." In the Islamic doctrinal sense the term refers to a person who does not recognize Allah or the finality of the prophethood of Muhammad and hides, denies, or covers the truth. In cultural terms, it is a derogatory term used to describe an unbeliever or an apostate from Islam. It is usually translated into English as "infidel" or "unbeliever."

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. Thus, the word kāfir implies the meaning "a person who hides or covers". 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]".


ziggy 6:55 AM  

Does this mean those muslims that are killing other muslims are not considered good muslims?

Citizen Warrior 10:39 AM  

Yes, Ziggy. A Muslim should not kill another Muslim.

However, the penalty for apostasy is death. So if a Muslim considers another Muslim to be an apostate, he can kill him or her. And that's what you see happening around the world: Some Muslims are trying to modernize or have human rights or democracy, and all of that is an abandonment of the faith, which means it is apostasy.

Islam is basically having a civil war worldwide.

Anonymous 6:55 PM  

Yes, you are right. Those who are not Islamic enough are considered apostates who have left Islam or infidels and their lives are forfeit for the crime of treason. The Sunnite terrorists hate the Shiites and the Shiite terrorists hate the Sunnis. They call one another "kafir" and then justify the ensuing slaughter of innocent families.

Anonymous 9:07 AM  

Stop Islam, Pleas understand that you will not gain naything by killing Hindus,Sikhs. Stop Violence. Stop belive in Koran.

Anonymous 1:15 AM  

What was Muhammad's religion before he got lost in the Arabian Desert & had the hallucinations that he used to invent the Muslim religion of Islam?

Citizen Warrior 1:10 PM  

Muhammad's religion was the same as his tribe's. They worshipped the moon god.

Anonymous 1:18 AM  

In islam killing an innocent is forbidden but if the kafir is against islam and it's believers meaning that he is fighting them then every muslim has the right to defend one's self and one's faith. just as everyone has a right to defend himself if someone is attacking them or their families.

Anonymous 1:19 AM  

and the prophet mohammed did not worship anything besides allah his whole life he was a monotheist his whole life.

hussein 3:04 PM  

non to be worship but allah, and mohammed is his last messanger ,who ever deny that is his own problem, we muslim we dont discrinate, and islam canot be kompared like apartheid, because in our mosque we pray to one god poor and rich are standing together in one raw, and dont make mistake about the word kafir to south africa, no this word kafir it has been revield to our prophet peace be apon him in quran by allah, so we dont own world this is not our home this is waiting place for judgement,who ever deny allah and his messanger is kafir and that is not a sicret.

Anonymous 3:48 AM  

Is this not the reason for so much killing among muslims and with non-muslims..? Should not the muslim intellectuals do something about this to remove the suspicion among non-muslims..?

Ben 11:46 AM  

/*Anonymous 8:53 PM

so does this mean that any muslims can kill non-muslims anytime they want?

No! Dhimmis, Infidels whose nations have a Hudna, and Infidels with a valid safe conduct pass may not be killed with impunity.

A Muslim may not be executed for killing an infidel, but if he kills one of those listed above, he could be forced to pay blood wit and emancipate a believing slave as expiation for the sin of murder.

Harbis are another matter: its open season. But you can find varying fatwas about the definition.

Citizen Warrior 12:05 PM  

Many issues can be clarified by reading The Reliance of the Traveller, Risala & Hedaya. Also, a Muslim can kill a harbi, apostate or dhimmi who violates the treaty and get away with it unless the caliph is a real stiff neck.

Anonymous 10:48 AM  

Muslim Answer:

Non-Muslims can go to Heaven. God is the decider.

Kafirs cannot go to Heaven. Definition of Kafir is "covering the truth". Someone who lies about God and what God teaches.

Example of Kafirs: Islamophobes who falsely edit the Quran to scare the ones who like being scared.

Anonymous 6:35 AM  

Islam is a tyrannical political system with a religious veneer. It is incompatible with individual liberty (what we would otherwise call freedom) Don't allow the "religion" part to confuse you - it is a political system which seeks world domination via power and control over the masses. see: for further analysis.

suhas.joshi210 12:10 PM  

So what about Sunnis killing to Shiyas now a days.Its happening in IRAQ.Aren;t they Muslims?
Would Shiya's will be called as a KUFFAR?

Anonymous 4:35 AM  

No this wrong! Islam forbids killing the innocent (believer or disbeliever). This is not what Muhammad peace be upon him taught us. He taught the world to live in peace and justice and forbade the worship of others besides the only One Who deserves worship. What those liars (the terrorists) portray of Islam is a complete falsehood and the practicing Muslims do not even consider them to be "Muslims" in the first place (because of their evil and mischief). Islam teaches those who have believed to do good and spread good. Moreover, Allah has clearly stated, "There is no compulsion in religion" (2:256 Qur'an). It means that those who chose to believe (out of free will and not force, believe and those who chose not to, they don't. And Islam wasn't spread by sword, but through patience and perseverance. The battles fought were only in order to defend the believers and the Message of Islam. We are commanded to defend only when one or some of the disbelievers attack us by their weapons, until then we are commanded to maintain with them ties of kinship/friendship.. like what Prophet Muhammad did (peace be upon him).
In Islam we are encouraged to even restrain our anger, because anger leads to violence, let alone killing an innocent.
“Who spend [in the cause of Allah ] during ease and hardship and who restrain anger and who pardon the people – and Allah loves the doers of good,” (Surah Ale Imran 3 :134)
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “The strong man is not the one who can throw another down. The strong man is the one who can keep hold of himself when he is angry.” [ Sahîh al-Bukhârî and Sahîh Muslim ]
For such (the righteous people who do good and forbid evil and who do not spread violence and mischief on earth) Allah has promised “….a garden as wide as the heavens and earth, prepared for the righteous” (Surah Ale Imran 3:133) and that Garden is the Paradise in the eternal life. I would advice everyone here not to judge Islam by how Muslims are (even the common ones).. because even muslims are humans and everyone makes mistakes. Study Islam with an unbiased mind and then judge it if you are truthful.
May Allah the Most Merciful and Glorious Guide the misguided souls to the Straight Path. Aameen.

Citizen Warrior 12:21 PM  

You've picked some of the very best passages in the Koran. I hope you take your version of Islam and spread it broadly to other Muslims.

Unfortunately, most of the Muslim world doesn't subscribe to your selected passages because of the principle of abrogation. Every one of the passages you have quoted have been superseded by intolerant and violent passages.

Non-Muslims reading this, please learn more about that here:

What Educated Non-Muslims Don't Like About Islam in a Nutshell

Anonymous 12:36 PM  

Intriguing that you focus on one religion. I would ask how many Muslim people have died due to the invasion of Iraq? Conservative estimates put it in the millions. We seem to be happy to ignore the fact that our countries carry out mass extermination and wave it away as being misinformed by our intelligence agencies. What does that say about our humanity?

Citizen Warrior 5:15 PM  

The main reason I focus on one religion is because that is the purpose of this site. Most of the people killed in Iraq were killed by other Muslims who felt that the Muslims they killed were insufficiently Islamic, which is what they are SUPPOSED to do if they wish to follow the Koran.

All your questions can be easily answered by simply reading the Koran. Quit listening to anybody else's opinion about Islam and find out for yourself by going to the actually doctrines.

Unknown 10:32 AM  

@citizen warrior. then please learn the qur'an. cuz i want to see how u got the words to say so many things about islam or muslim based on what qur'an said. said which surat that caused u to said all the words, cuz yes as u said muslim follows what qur'an said.

Citizen Warrior 2:01 PM  

Zy, it's easy enough to find. Just pick up the Koran and read it. But this list will get you started:

Intolerance Toward Non-Muslims in the Quran

suhas.joshi210 1:43 AM  


I am not Muslim but I know I am a good human being I respect all the religions.I am against any innocent killing,irrespective of any living being even creatures also.
One of my Muslim colleague said wonderful thing in my office " All mighty Allah will be more unhappy if any innocent is being hurt"than my Mosque is being broken.What a wonderful thought.
One example put 10 newly born babies I bet no body can identify their cast.

Citizen Warrior 2:29 AM  

It's a careless comment to say "I respect all religions." Did you know in Scientology when someone is a member of the church and then leaves it, they are considered "fair game?" They can be lied, sued, and other Scientologists can and should (according to Scientology doctrine) try to destroy them (that is, destroy the person who has left Scientology).

Do you respect Scientology? I hope not.

Did you know according to Islamic doctrine Muslims are the best of people and non-Muslims are the worst of creatures? Do you respect Islam? Did you know Islam is a political ideology as well as a religion? Did you know Islamic doctrine makes it clear that a devout Muslim should try to make sure Islamic law is the law of the land? Did you know that this political action is considered a form of religious devotion? Do you respect this?

Did you know hundreds of millions of Muslims are trying to follow these teachings? This information is not hard to find or verify. I hope that you quit believing what you hope is true and start looking to see what is actually true. Not all religions are the same.

Anonymous 6:44 PM  

When muslim kill other muslim as we see ISIS doing, it is just a muslim killing a Good Kafir!

Anonymous 9:46 AM  

suhs joshi u r foooooool every muslim is having holy wright to lie every where every time with every person for islam. guru nanak was wrote -- put your in drum having food oil, & then put your same hand is bag full of sesame. then count all sesame & don't believe on any Islamic person equal to the number of sesame you found on your hand. kuran says to Islamic that lie at war-time , lie at non-war time , lie with your friends, lie with your relatives & with your FAMILY also, kuran never says when to speak true !!!!!!!!!!! HA HA HA

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