Infidel (literally "unfaithful") is a term used in certain religions for those accused of unbelief in the central tenets of their own religion, for members of another religion, or for the irreligious.
Question: Does the word "infidel" have any significance in Islam?
I see it from time to time. E.g.:
Tom Elliott in Tom Elliott: An open letter to Islam from this infidel, 2017, recently wrote:
I am what you what [sic] call an infidel. An unbeliever. A kuffar. A crusader. An allegedly lesser being than those who follow Allah. You have many disparaging terms for people like me.
Mohammad Tawhidi is quoted as saying in Muslim leaders clash in fiery debate on Sunrise:
“They push the Muslim youth to believe that if you go out there and you kill the infidel that’s how you will gain paradise,” the Imam said.
(Tawhidi has become popular among right-wing news outlets, but he's described as "fake sheikh".)
Before converting to Islam, I also thought Muslims were fond of the word "infidel". Having been a Muslim for a year now, I don't think I've once heard it from a Muslim, with the humorous exception of this tweet:
"Falafel" actually means "kill all the infidels". We've kept that a secret all this time. #MuslimsReportStuff
I notice it's used in these questions: