What does Infidel Mean?


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jon1996
August 19, 2006, 12:08 AM
I found a sticker that says Infidel and under that it has it wrote in arabic, What does Infidel stand for, and would it be good to show my hatred towards Islam on my truck window?
jon

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MTMilitiaman
August 19, 2006, 12:17 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infidel

Infidel
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An infidel (literally, "one without faith") is one who doubts or rejects central tenets of a religion, especially those regarding its deities. More generally, an infidel is one who doubts or rejects a particular doctrine, system, or principle.

In Islam, the Arabic word kafir (كافر) refers to non-Muslims, frequently with a derogatory sense [1], and is usually translated into English as "infidel" or "unbeliever". The Turkish equivalent of "kafir" is giaour.
In Judaism, heathens (pagan gentiles) are called acum (עכו"ם, an acronym of Ovdei Cohavim u-Mazzaloth עובדי כוכבים ומזלות literally "Star-and-Constellation Worshippers"). Heretical Jews may be called minim ("sectarians"). Unlike in Islamic use, the Hebrew "kofer" (כופר, cognate of the Arabic "kefir") is usually applied to apostate Jews. The other term, mainly for atheists is "epikoros" (אפיקורוס, literally, an "Epicurean").
In Roman Catholic Christianity, "infidel" referred to those who do not believe in the divinity of Jesus. It is an archaism now supplanted by "non-Christian".
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See also
Apostasy
Atheism
Internet Infidels
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External links
Catholic Encyclopedia entry on "Infidel"
Merriam-Webster definition for "infidel".
Merriam-Webster definition for "unbeliever".
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http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/infidel

in·fi·del ( P ) Pronunciation Key (nf-dl, -dl)
n.
An unbeliever with respect to a particular religion, especially Christianity or Islam.
One who has no religious beliefs.
One who doubts or rejects a particular doctrine, system, or principle.


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[Middle English infidele, from Old French, from Latin nfidlis, disloyal : in-, not; see in-1 + fidlis, faithful (from fids, faith. See bheidh- in Indo-European Roots).]

Cosmoline
August 19, 2006, 12:18 AM
IN + FIDELIS = unfaithful in Latin. It's not quite eqivalent to "kafir" in Arabic, since kafir has a much stronger negative connotation and is considered a true insult. Kafir is on par with "jahud" (Jews), which is what the Iraqis often call our troops.

Calling yourself a "kafir" on your truck would probably be very amusing to a Muslim. There are much more effective ways to insult them.

PinnedAndRecessed
August 19, 2006, 12:18 AM
It means "unbeliever."

Sindawe
August 19, 2006, 12:18 AM
From dictionary.com

An unbeliever with respect to a particular religion, especially Christianity or Islam.

One who has no religious beliefs.

One who doubts or rejects a particular doctrine, system, or principle.

Keep in mind, the SysAdmin of THR.Org is a Muslim.

Disrespect of religious fanatics (of what ever stripe)?: Absolutely

Denigrating another peacefull chosen spiritual path?: Not a chance.

mnrivrat
August 19, 2006, 12:22 AM
That's me ! :what:

Oh Well ---- :neener:

Vairochana
August 19, 2006, 12:22 AM
an Infidel is technically a non-muslim, sometimes broadened to mean not sharing the religion of the Book (ie:includes Christians and Jews). To a Fundamentalist it means that you are an Enemy (Satan) and would express hatred for the religion etc.
However there is no reason to hate Islam, only these Fundamentalists who turn it into a religion of terror, oppression, fear etc. In that regard they are no different to any Fundamentalist, be they Christian, Communist or Fascist.
Here endeth the lesson :)

Mal H
August 19, 2006, 12:25 AM
... and this is related to firearms how??

Nevermind - closed.

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