Maʿānī al-ʾAkhbār > The meaning of the disbelief that does not reach (the extent of) polytheism
Hadith #1

حدثنا أبي، ومحمد بن الحسن بن أحمد بن الوليد - رضي الله عنهما - قالا: حدثنا عبد الله بن جعفر الحميري، عن محمد بن الحسين بن أبي الخطاب، قال: حدثنا النضر بن شعيب، عن عبد الغفار الجازي، قال: حدثني من سأله - يعني الصادق عليه السلام - هل يكون كفر لا يبلغ الشرك؟ قال: إن الكفر هو الشرك، ثم قام فدخل المسجد فالتفت إلي فقال: نعم، الرجل يحمل الحديث إلى صاحبه فلا يعرفه فيرده عليه فهي نعمة كفرها ولم يبلغ الشرك.

1. We were told by my father, and Muhammed bin Hasan bin Ahmad bin Waleed, may Allah be pleased with them both, that they both said: We were told by Abdullah bin Ja’far al-Himyari, from Muhammed bin Hussain bin Abi’l-Khattab, that he said: We were told by Nadr bin Shu’aib, from Abdul-Ghaffar al-Jazi, that he said: I was told by the one who asked him – meaning al-Sadiq, peace be upon him: Can there be disbelief that does not reach (the extent of) polytheism? He said: Indeed, disbelief is polytheism. Then he stood up and entered the mosque, and he turned to me and said: Yes, (that applies if) a man carries a narration to his companions, and so he does not teach him, and so he returns it to him. It is, then, a grace that he has rejected, and it does not reach polytheism.