Who is KAFAR "کافر"?

# 18 Jun 2015 at 05:07

Who is KAFAR "کافر"?
I mean really? because someone does not call himself a Muslim, he is considered as a bad and shameful person. This is such a stupid idea. god says be peaceful and inner and outer... and if you do so and be peaceful you will be just fine...
anybody here has the definition of the word kafar "کافر"?

# 20 Jun 2015 at 14:00

This is an important and fundamental question. "Kafir" is from root 'کفر' which means "to cover". Using کفر in the form of فاعل, makes is subjective. Therefore, Kafir is "A person who covers". Now the next important question is that "What is covered?".
In Baqarah verse 256, we have

لاَ إِكْرَاهَ فِي الدِّينِ قَد تَّبَيَّنَ الرُّشْدُ مِنَ الْغَيِّ
No compulsion in religion. Truth stands out clear from Error

Hence, if someone feels that the truth is not clear for him, he is covering it. So, he is 'Kafir'. In this point view, those who calls themselves Muslims might be 'Kafir'. Even they might not be Muslim if we consider the real meaning of Muslim: "who is on the way of health".

# 21 Jun 2015 at 19:16

cool, so it makes sense.... it does not mean anyone who is not following islam is a kafar... it means who ever that is covering the inner and outer truth is kafar... even if he/she calls himself a muslim...
very cool, thanks....

# 03 Jul 2015 at 16:27 Ramin

Kafer is a perrson that his/her inner light is covered. Obviously, nobody can find the right way in the dark!

# 20 Jul 2015 at 08:58 Ali

I think regardless of people faith, "Kafir" has multiple degrees, but the ultimate stage of it, is covering the God existence...

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