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Hadith #1

أبي - رحمه الله - قال: حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله، عن أحمد بن محمد بن عيسى، عن العباس بن معروف، عن صفوان بن يحيى، عن ابن مسكان، عن محمد بن مسلم، قال: قلت لأبي عبد الله عليه السلام: " عتل بعد ذلك زنيم " قال: العتل العظيم الكفر، والزنيم المستهتر بكفره .

1. My father, may Allah grant him mercy, said: We were told by Sa’d bin Abdullah, from Ahmad bin Muhammed bin Isa, from Abbas bin Ma’ruf, from Safwan bin Yahya, from Ibn Maskan, from Muhammed bin Muslim, that he said: I said to Abu Abdillah, peace be upon him: «Cruel, moreover, a bastard.» (68:13) He said: The great cruelty is disbelief, and the villainous is the one who wantons with his disbelief.