[3/226] Rijal al-Kashshi: al-Husayn b. Ishkib from Muhammad b. Khalid al-Barqi from Ibn Abi Umayr from Hisham b. Salim and Abi al-Abbas who said: We were together with Abi Abdillah when Abu Basir entered so Abu Abdillah عليه السلام said: All praise be to Allah who did not bring forth anyone who complains about our companions [to me] this year [so far]. So I [Hisham] thought that he was alluding to Abi Basir [in saying this]. Comments
al-Kashshi does not narrate from al-Husayn b. Ishkib directly. It is being assumed that Muhammad b. Masud is the intermediary between them as has occurred previously in the book. Furthermore, their teacher-student relation is confirmed in their respective entries in the books of Rijal.
Hisham b. Salim could be wrong in assuming that the Imam said these words having Abu Basir in mind. However, if we consider his understanding to be accurate, one interpretation for the words of the Imam is to consider them a veiled barb at Abi Basir i.e. the period of non-complaint against his companions is over with the coming of Abu Basir, who is being excluded from the circle of the companions of the Imam [he is not being referred to as one]. This would mean that Abu Basir is being chastised indirectly for his proclivity towards complaining to the Imam about the companions. The rivalries between some of the Ashab is well documented in the sources.
On the other hand, al-Khoei proposes an alternative interpretation of the Imam’s words which show Abu Basir in a positive light as part of the group of companions being targeted by complainants.
الحمد لله الذي لم يقدم أحد يشكو أصحابنا العام
All praise be to Allah who did not bring forth anyone to complain about our companions [i.e. Abu Basir specifically and others like him] this year
Another positive alternative interpretation is to read العام as done below. The implication being that Abu Basir was not a complainer like other companions who disparaged the laity.
All praise be to Allah who did not bring forth someone who complains about our general companions [i.e. the normal followers]
[3/226] رجال الكشي: الحسين بن إشكيب، عن محمد بن خالد البرقي، عن ابن أبي عمير، عن هشام بن سالم و أبي العباس قال: بينا نحن عند أبي عبد الله إذ دخل أبو بصير، فقال أبو عبد الله عليه السلام: الحمد لله الذي لم يقدم أحد يشكو أصحابنا العام، قال هشام: فظننت أنه يعرض بأبي بصير