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Meaning of Kuffar- Hebrew word

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Submitted by sara (United States), Apr 23, 2013 at 19:38

Actually Ali Baba, the word is taken from Hebrew/Aramaic and the verb 'lechaper' which does not mean to cover but rather to atone (for example the holy day of Yom Kippur means day of atonement). The root letters are k-f-r. As with many words and ideas, the Quran 'borrowed' the meaning and changed it to suit their needs. Whatever the definition, we can agree that someone who is kafir, or kufr, or kuffar is a bad thing and therefore does not need respect or defending by Muslims.

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