Kafir, the most racist term

The word kafir is a pejorative and derogatory term usually used for non-Muslims. It is almost used as abuse by Muslims.

The word Kafir is inducing many Muslims to, not integrate themselves with other non-Muslims.
The word Kafir is inducing many Muslims to, not integrate themselves with other non-Muslims.

The word Kafir is inducing many Muslims to not integrate themselves with other non-Muslims.

The word Kafir and justification for punishment for kafirs have been used extensively by various Islamic rulers against non-Muslims during last 1300 or so years of Islamic history. Non-Muslims were levied taxes known as Jizya to force them into submission to Islam, also indescribable violence towards Kafirs and many times justification of violence against non-Muslims or Kafirs were carried out by Islamic invaders. The word Jizya comes from Persia when Arabic Islam invaded the Sassanid empire. Arabic Muslim invaders adopted the Sassanid system of taxes and levied a special tax on those who didn’t accept their rule. The people on whom this tax was levied were called dhimmi. The word Kafir thus holds to be the most racist and derogatory term ever used in the history of the world.

Islam makes a very strong distinction between Muslims and non-Muslims. The distinction often creates islands of Muslim communities wherever Islam is practiced. Ultimately the goal of Islamic rulers is to make everyone subservient to Islam. The six principal articles of faith as per Islam are God, His messengers, angels, revealed books, day of resurrection (Kayamat) and destiny. Anyone who doesn’t believe in them or has an alternate system of beliefs is called kafir.

Unless the definition of Kafir is resolved there won’t be any integration between Muslim and Non-Muslim communities.

The word kafir is a pejorative and derogatory term usually used for non-Muslims. It is almost used as abuse by Muslims. While many educated Muslims also want to remove this term from all Islamic texts, but the extremist Islamic clerics want to continue usage of this term. All Islamic conquests against non-Muslims or Kafirs have been religiously motivated due to hatred spawning from this word. There is another term called ‘Mushriq’ which means a polytheist. There is another related term used which is known as ‘Takfir’, which means a person falsely claiming to be a Muslim. Sometimes people use the term ‘Kufr’ also which is also similar to ‘kafir’.

In Quran, the word Kafir or its adjectives or plural terms are used 420 times in total. The first usage of this term was in Mecca when the locals didn’t believe in the message of Mohammed. The usage of this term varies in different situations academically. However, the practical application of this term especially against non-Muslims has been consistent throughout the history of political Islam whether it is conquering Levant, Persia, Indian Subcontinent, Far East or anywhere else.

The believers in Islam are called Muminin. Towards the end of the Quran, Muminin are called upon to destroy Kafir. That was the basis of all Islamic conquests in the Middle East and also the Far East. Now the same attitude is seen in Muslims in Europe and also beginning to be seen in the USA and Canada. The people of the book, Jews and Christians are also considered kafirs because it is assumed in the Quran that they are different than Muminin. The theological concepts of Christianity lie in Trinity which is somewhat rejected by the Quran. There are many interpretations by various Islamic scholars, that people of the book are pardoned as long as they pay Jizya. But others were considered heretic and were called Mushriq, which refers to Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs, and many other communities and as such they have to be punished by sword and death. Even in Islamic countries, anyone who is branded a Kafir is punishable by death. For example, Islamic violence against Hindu, Buddhist, Yezidi, Christians, Ahmadiyya in Islamic countries is barbaric, to say the least, but it’s justified.

We see the application of this term used exploitatively against all non-Muslims. But the worst was reserved for Hindus, Buddhists, and other eastern faiths. Most Indonesians were also called Mushriks because they believe in a Hindu text Ramayan. Now in Indonesia also there is a campaign against Hindus as they are branded as Kafirs.

During Mughal times, in India,  a tax called Jizya was applied on all non-Muslims. The barbarism of Taimur, Aurangzeb, Akbar, Babur stemmed from the fact that Quranic verses (9.1-15) were used to justify the acts of violence against kafirs until they submitted to Islam. This was the same formula used in all conquests of Islam against Levant, Persia, Afghanistan, Central Asia, India, South East Asia and so on. I have mentioned the Islamic conquest in detail in my first book on Sattology.

This word is inducing many Muslims to, not integrate themselves with other non-Muslims. A small child in a Muslim family is trained to not mix with Kafirs. Therefore, those children when they grow up never integrate with other non-Muslim population in a non-Muslim country. Even though a Muslim family may live in a very safe democratic country but they will always keep themselves aloof from other non-Muslim people because they are trained to fear the loss of identity if they mix too much. Also, a fear of becoming a Mushriq or mixed belief is instilled in them right from childhood.

For democratic societies where people of multiple faiths live, it is highly recommended to take the following steps to ensure the integration of Muslims and Non-Muslims:

 

  1. Remove the word Kafir and all its derivatives and references from all Islamic texts
  2. Change the definition of Kafir to ‘Other Bonafide & Recognized Faiths’ such as Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, Jews, Jains
  3. Ensure that all Muslim children are taught respect for all non-Muslims
  4. Regulate the course curriculum in Mosques especially related to the term ‘kafir’

I will highly recommend Islamic and other religious scholars to think on this topic and come with solutions in conjunction with non-Muslim religious beliefs from Hindu, Buddhist, Christians, Sikhs, and Jews for lasting peace and confidence between different communities. Unless this definition is resolved there won’t be any integration between Muslim and Non-Muslim communities. Because there will always be one section that will hate others and another section having no confidence of security.

Note:
1. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PGurus.

Aditya Satsangi

Aditya Satsangi is a Hindu American Entrepreneur and Writer with a Centrist viewpoint. He is a keen observer of International Politics, Dharma and Ideology. His research on ancient Hindu Scriptures such as Mahabharat, Ramayan and Bhagawatam brings unique perspectives on current affairs. He is an avid Golfer in his free time.
Aditya Satsangi

Latest posts by Aditya Satsangi (see all)

16 COMMENTS

  1. The book ‘The infidel next door’ is based on how a Muslim boy, the son of an imam and a son of a Hindu priest who is seen as a ‘kafir’ by him grow up next door to each other and their tumultuous relationship. The book holds back no stones to say why they find it difficult to stay next to each other and find it difficult to integrate. Recently released by Utpal Publications, it is a gem and talks of a prohibited topic with sensitivity and depth about how Hindus and Muslims in India think. I encourage everyone to read it.

    • I would really very much yearned to read that book, but then it is banned the sales and distribution in my country.Being in possession of that book, if caught, could give you up to 5 years in detention under the once ISA acts.

  2. I- SLAM my religion on you for my religion is superior to yours . By making you accept my Islam I am saving you from eternal perdition is starting point, Muslim also believes that he is purer and more holy than others. By converting others even if it be by force or killing Kafirs are saved :Muslim does not think Allah will punish- so at least Mullah will convince him or argue. WAR against Kafirs, killiing destroying their temples churches houses looting raping their women all these they are made to believe will give them Jannat. Such ideas are also at he root of some rapes of women at perpetrated at individual level or forcing them to accept Islam.Muslims hope some day Islam will rule the whole world – by just increase of numbers. So hasten the day by coversions.CONVERSION is the main cause for all hatred especially when it is done by lures or for political purposes.
    Hinduism lost against Islamic invaders because of their Tolerant attitude in A PRAGMATIC WORLD. He believes even to day GOD KNOWS WHAT IS BEST FOR ALL. Thousand years back Mir Quasim could have been thrown out easily Babur who came with 8-11000 soldiers could have been driven away if this Tolerant attitude was not there To day in the SUB CONTINENT THERE ARE ABOUT 45 CRORES OF ISLAMIC FOLLOWERS . Where ever ISLAM WENT THERE THE WORLD HAS SEEN NOTHING BUT DESTRUCTION FOR KAFIRS . Here it must be said that it is wrong to say Hinduism has many Gods and Islam has only one god and Christianity one God The question is not one God or many Gods VEDA STATES THERE IN NOTHING BUT GOD ADWAITA –BECAUSE OF OUR AVIDYA WE THINK GOD IS DIFFERENT FROM US

  3. It is sad that wrong message is being spread by even elite people. Kafir means disbeliever. (in islam). 5.5 billion non-muslims and 1.5billion muslims stand proof that both live in perfect harmony. India itself which has 140million muslims with others is another example. Kufr means equating Created things and the Creator. Muslims dont have any precise definition for The Creator except to say as He is Above All Creations.

    • “5.5 billion non-muslims and 1.5billion muslims stand proof that both live in perfect harmony”

      Then why most terrorists are muslims?

  4. SO THOSE SHIA WHO GO AGAINST ANY DISCRIMINATION IN THE NAME OF KAFFIR CAN INTEGREAT WITH HINDUS , AND LIVE AMMICCABLY ..
    OTHERS MUST BE PROPERLY DEALT WITH…?

  5. PLEASE NOTE HOW THE JUDGES ARE BOUGHT, SPECIALLY THE RAPIST CJI RANJAN GOGOI, WHOSE MOTHER IS A WHITE SKINNED XTIAN DEMONESS AND WHOSE FATHER KILLED 10000 ASSAMESE IN 1982 ELECTIONS, WHEN ASSAMESE PROTESTED AGAINST ILLEGAL B’DESHIS..STILL MANY WILL COME BLAMING MODI, SHAH..
    SWAMY SIR SHOULD NOW START EXPOSING THE JUDGES..TO STRIKE TERROR IN HEARTS OF EVIL
    SUPREME COURT OF INDIA = SCI = SADDAA CHUTIYAS OF ITALIAN

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwqsJzI8Ppk

  6. I am a Kafir writing this. When Quran exhorts its followers to destroy those not believing in Islam then Quran is not genuinely a word of God. Any scripture teaching violence, polygamy and war should be shunned by intelligent people in that community. Perhaps the fear of radical elements has kept even the well-meaning Muslims silent for ever.

  7. All you mentioned is correct, but a Muslim can never be trusted. Donot employ them donot allow them to enter your house and become too friendly. One aim is to seduce marry a kufar and later on divorce. Christians and Jews will eliminate them for us Hindus.. Process has started and SL will be the biggest cleansing stage

    • Christians are evilest and most depraved demented genocidal maniacs.. learn history, of Mayas, Incas, Aztecs, Tainos, conquistadors, Maoris, Boxer rebellion, Chinese “Jesus brother” who killed 100 million in 1789. Learn about Ngu Dinh Diem
      LEARN ABOUT INQUISITION..PORTUGUESE INQUISITION IN GOA.. THE BARBARITY WITH WHICH THIS BLOODLUSTY, DEMONIC, KLANNIST RACIST WHITE FASCIST IDEOLOGY OF DEATH KILLED 2100 CRORES IN 2000 YEARS OF ITS BASTRD EXISTNCE..100 MILLION INDIANS KILLED BY BRITS IN 200 YEARS.
      ISLAM HAS KILLED 1 BILLION XTIANITY 21 BILLION, LEARN ABOUT XTIANITY
      READ BHARAT BHARATI site, read espressostalinist.com, google “NATIVE GENOCIDE””
      ISLAMIC TERROR IS A TODDLER COMPARED TO CHRISTIAN GENOCIDE.. ALL MUSLIM TERROR IN INDIA IS ACTULLY CHURCH-SONIA-VATICAN-ITALIAN MAFIA TERROR…THEY WANT TO USE MUSLIMS AS CANNON FODDER AGAINST HINDUS FOR XTIAN BENIFIT.. SONIA IS BEHIND ALL EVIL IN INDIA WITH VATICAN CHURCH

  8. You should also mention that when the Prophet Mohammad died, the next 3 Imams were murdered.All of the prophet’s families were hounded and killed. In this the Son in Law of the Prophet i.e. Imam Ali was murdered during Sajda.
    The followers of Imam Ali are Shias. Raja Dahir gave refuge to the Prophet’s family-from that day to today Shia have a great relationship with the Hindus. The Shias consider Rama, Krishna etc also as Prophets Like Mohammad.
    All you have mentioned in the article are 100% true, but it is applicable to Sunnis.

    • I don’t agree. The Shia’s too have the same ideas. A kafir in Islam is a global irrespective of subsect. Just that the shia is a kafir for the Sunni and vice versa

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here