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Has the word kafir been used in different sources with different meanings?

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The term has been used in various verses, ahadith and companion sayings with varying meaning, often alluding to sin or disobedience.  Allah said: "Whosoever does not judge by whatever Allah reveals they are disbelievers..."  Allah said: "And if any amongst you takes them [Jews and Christians] as Awliyaa, then surely, he is one of them..."  The Prophet (saw) said: "Do not live among the mushrikeen and do not mix with them, for whoever lives among them or mixes with them is not one of us."  The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, "Whoever imitates/resembles a nation is one of them."  The Prophet (saw) said: "Between a man and shirk and kufr there stands his neglect of the prayer."  The Prophet (saw) said "Whoever calls his Muslim brother O Kafir (disbeliever), then if he is not Kafir it rebounces back to the one who said it."  The Messenger of Allah (saw) said: "The covenant that distinguishes between us and them is the prayer, and whoever neglects it has disbelieved (become a Kafir)."  The sahabah declaring those refusing to pay Abu Bakr the zakat preferring to distribute it directly as murtad... or Ali regarding the khawarij as kafir and waging war against them.

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