Not referring to the Divine Proof (peace be upon him) is tantamount to polytheism

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عَنْ عَمِيرَةَ عَنْ اَبِي عَبْدِ اللهِ ع قَالَ سَمِعْتُهُ يَقُولُ‏ أُمِرَ النَّاسُ بِمَعْرِفَتِنَا وَ الرَّدِّ اِلَيْنَا وَ التَّسْلِيمِ لَنَا ثُمَّ قَالَ وَ اِنْ صَامُوا وَ صَلَّوْا وَ شَهِدُوا اَنْ لَا اِلَهَ اِلَّا اللهُ وَ جَعَلُوا فِي‏ اَنْفُسِهِمْ‏ اَنْ لَا يَرُدُّوا اِلَيْنَا كَانُوا بِذَلِكَ مُشْرِكِينَ.

The narrator (Ameerah) says that I heard Imam Abu Abdillah (al-Sadeq a.s.) say: “People have been ordered to gain our recognition, refer to us and submit unto us.” Then, he (peace be upon him) said,

“Even if they fast, pray and testify that there is no god except Allah but think in their hearts that they will not refer to us, merely by this thought, they become polytheists.”

References:

1.    Al-Kaafi, vol. 2, p. 398, H. 5

2.    Wasaael al-Shiah, vol. 27, p. 68, H. 33221

3.    Mir’aat al-Oqool, vol. 11, p. 177, H. 5

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