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'Utsman ibn 'Affan (r.a.) & the Ahl al-Bayt

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
It is not the understanding of Sunni Islam that ‘Utsman ibn ‘Affan (r.a.), the third caliph, was hostile towards the Ahl al-Bayt.  The following are some examples to prove the contrary from both Sunni and Shi’ah sources.  This so-called hostility between the Ahl al-Bayt and the Khulafah ar-Rashidin was manufactured after the fact.
Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (r.a.) recorded a narration with its isnad from Muhammad ibn Hathib (r.a.) that he said, “I heard ‘Ali reciting:

Those for whom the Good (Record) from Us has gone before, will be removed far therefrom. (Surah al-Anbiya’:101)
And he said that from amongst them is ‘Utsman.”
This is found in Fadha’il asw Swahabah and is swahih.  Imam ibn Abi ‘Aaswim (r.a.) in his as-Sunnah, Imam ibn Jarir ath-Thabari (r.a.) in his Tafsir and Imam az-Zamakhshari (r.a.) in his Mukhtaswar Kitab al-Muwafaqah, all recorded it as well.  In addition, in Imam ath-Thabari’s (r.a.) Tafsir, a similar atsar is recorded through a differ…

‘Utsman (r.a.) Facilitated 'Ali's (k.w.) Marriage to Fathimah (r.a.)

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
‘Utsman (r.a.) was also instrumental in the marriage of ‘Ali (k.w.) to Fathimah (r.a.).  Imam Abu al-Fath al-Arbali (r.a.), a Shi’ah scholar, mentioned this in his Kashf al-Ghummah.  He recorded that ‘Ali (k.w.) said, “Then, the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) told me, ‘Go now and sell your armour and come back with its value so I may prepare what is good for you and Fathimah.’  So, I went and sold my armour to ‘Utsman ibn ‘Affan for 400 darahim.
When the money was in my hand and the armour was in his hands, ‘Utsman said to me, ‘Abu al-Hasan!  Do you not need the armour more than I do and do you not need the money more than I do?’  I answered with a yes.  So, he said, ‘Then take back the armour.  It is a gift from me to you.’  So, I took back the armour and the money and went to the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.).  I handed the armour and the money over to the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) and I told him what happened between ‘Utsman and I.  The Prophet (s.a…

'Ali ibn Abi Thalib (k.w.): ‘Utsman (r.a.) was Dzu an-Nurayn

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
‘Ali (k.w.) said about ‘Utsman (r.a.), after his passing, “He is the person who is remembered as ‘Dzu an-Nurayn’ in the gathering of angels, for the Prophet (s.a.w.) married two of his two daughters to him.”  “Dzu an-Nurayn” means “the possessor of two lights”.  This is found in the Shi’ah book, Iswabah ma Iswtiyyab, and in the Sunni Tarikh al-Khulafah and Kanz al-Ummal.

'Ali ibn Abi Thalib (k.w.) Defended 'Utsman's (r.a.) Decision to Standardise the Readings of the Qur'an

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It is recorded, in Fath al-Bari of Imam ibn Hajr al-‘Asqalani (r.a.), that during the caliphate of ‘Ali (k.w.), some agitators were still upset about ‘Utsman (r.a.) for forcing one reading of the Qur’an and burning all the others.  ‘Ali (k.w.) said, “O people, do not accuse ‘Utsman of extremism, and only say what is good about him.  By Allah, he did what he did openly in front of all of us.  by Allah, if I were given authority, I would do the same as he did.”

The Family of 'Utsman ibn 'Affan (r.a.) & the Ahl al-Bayt had Close Ties

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In 35 AH, ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (r.a.) was appointed ‘amir for hajj under the caliphate of ‘Utsman (r.a.).  This is found in both Sunni and Shi’ah sources.  There were also other members of the Ahl al-Bayt appointed to important positions, including Hasan (r.a.) and Husayn (r.a.).  ‘Ali (k.w.) was a personal advisor for the caliph and functioned as the chief qadhi in addition to other responsibilities.  Even Qurb al-Asnad, a major Shi’ah text, acknowledges the fact that in the preceding caliphates, almost all hudud cases were handled by ‘Ali (k.w.).
Another of the Banu Hashim, Shaykh Mughirah ibn Nawfal (r.a.), married a widow of ‘Ali (k.w.) after his death.  He was the grandson of ‘Ali’s (k.w.) uncle, Harits ibn ‘Abd al-Muththalib (r.a.), and acted as governor during the caliphate of ‘Utsman (r.a.).
Shi’ah traditions admit that the swalah al-janazah of ‘Abbas ibn ‘Abd al-Muththalib (r.a.) was also lead by ‘Utsman (r.a.), and he was buried in Jannat a…

'Ali ibn Abi Thalib (k.w.) on the State of the Ummah during the Khulafah ar-Rashidin

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In another famous narration, a man from the Khwarij came to ‘Ali (k.w.) when he was the caliph, and said to him, “What is wrong with you, that the people disagreed on ‘Utsman and you, while they agreed on Abu Bakr and ‘Umar?”
‘Ali (k.w.) answered, “The people agreed on Abu Bakr and ‘Umar when the people were people like ‘Utsman and I, and they disagreed on ‘Utsman and I when they were people like you and your kind.”

'Ali ibn Abi Thalib (k.w.) on the Principle of the Bay'ah

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
In the 6th Letter of Nahj al-Balaghah, it is recorded that ‘Ali (k.w.) said, “Verily, the people who pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr, ‘Umar and ‘Utsman, have pledged allegiance to me based on the same principles as the allegiance to them.  So, anyone who was present has no right to go against his pledge of allegiance, and anyone who was absent has no right to oppose it.  And verily shura’ is only the right of the Muhajirun and the Answar.  So, if they decide upon a man and declare him their imam, then it is with the Pleasure of Allah.  If anyone goes against this decision, then he must be persuaded to follow the rest of the people.  If he persists, then fight with him for leaving that which has been accepted by the believers.  And Allah shall Let him wander misguided and not guide him.”

'Ali ibn Abi Thalib (k.w.) & 'Utsman ibn 'Affan (r.a.) Preferred the Other to be Caliph

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It is recorded, in al-Bidayah wa an-Nihayah, that after the death of ‘Umar (r.a.), the shura’ made Abd ar-Rahman ibn ‘Awf (r.a.) responsible for collating their opinions on the best candidate for the next caliph.  Most of them chose ‘Utsman (r.a.).  Abd ar-Rahman ibn ‘Awf (r.a.) asked ‘Ali (k.w.), “If not you, who do you suggest for me?”
‘Ali (k.w.) said “‘Utsman”.
And when Abd ar-Rahman ibn ‘Awf (r.a.) asked ‘Utsman (r.a.) the same question, he replied, “‘Ali.”

Imam Muhammad Taqi Lisan al-Mulk (r.a.) on 'Utsman ibn 'Affan (r.a.)

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It is recorded, in Nasikh at-Tawarikh, by Imam Muhammad Taqi Lisan al-Mulk (r.a.), the Shi’ah scholar of sirah and ahadits, that ibn ‘Abbas (r.a.) said, “May Allah have Mercy on Abu ‘Amr,” the kunya of ‘Utsman (r.a.).  “By Allah, he was the noblest and most righteous of men.  He prayed a great deal at the time before dawn, shed many tears when he remembered the Fire, the first to do righteous deeds and to offer help at the time of calamity, beloved, confident and loyal, the one who equipped the army of Tabuk, the son-in-law of Rasulullah.”

'Ali ibn Abi Thalib (k.w.) on 'Utsman ibn 'Affan's (r.a.) Murder

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It is recorded by Imam Ahmad (r.a.), in his Fadha’il asw-Swahabah, that ‘Ali (k.w.) said, “I hope that I, ‘Utsman, Thalhah and Zubayr are from people regarding whom Allah Said:

And We shall remove from their hearts any lurking sense of injury: (they will be) brothers (joyfully) facing each other on thrones (of dignity). (Surah al-Hijr:47)
This is also recorded by Imam al-Bayhaqi (r.a.) in his al-I’tiqad.  This was said in response to ‘Utsman’s (r.a.) murder.
ibn Mas’ud (r.a.) said ‘Ali (k.w.) described, him after his passing as, “‘Utsman was the closest of us to his kin and he was among those who believe, then are fearfully aware and do good.  Allah Loves those who do good.”  This is found in al-‘Awaswim min al-Qawaswim.
ibn ‘Abbas (r.a.) himself said, “If all the people had gathered to kill ‘Utsman, they would have been stoned the way the people of Luth were stoned.”  And this is found again in Fadha’il asw-Swahabah.
Even the Shi’ah books state that n…

'Ali ibn Abi Thalib (k.w.) Said 'Utsman (r.a.) was from the People of Paradise

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (r.a.) recorded a narration with its isnad from Muhammad ibn Hathib (r.a.) that he said, “I heard ‘Ali reciting:

Those for whom the Good (Record) from Us has gone before, will be removed far therefrom. (Surah al-Anbiya’:101)
And he said that from amongst them is ‘Utsman.”
This is found in Fadha’il asw Swahabah and is swahih.  Imam ibn Abi ‘Aaswim (r.a.) in his as-Sunnah, Imam ibn Jarir ath-Thabari (r.a.) in his Tafsir and Imam az-Zamakhshari (r.a.) in his Mukhtaswar Kitab al-Muwafaqah, all recorded it as well.  In addition, in Imam ath-Thabari’s (r.a.) Tafsir, a similar atsar is recorded through a different chain of transmission.

Khwaja ‘Ubaydullah al-Ahrar (q.s.): There is No Progress in the Path without Shari'ah

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Khwaja ‘Ubaydullah al-Ahrar (q.s.) stated, “The belief held by the disciples making progress in this path is the belief of Ahl as-Sunnah wa al-Jama’ah.  Their riyadhat is to obey the shari’ah.  People who do not perform ‘ibadah will not receive any faydh nor will they make any progress.  The end of this path is to forget about creatures and to attain permanently to the Divine Presence.  This happiness cannot be attained without excessive affection and jadzbah, attraction.  The most powerful vehicle that will make one attain this blessing is the murshid's swuhbah.”

The Need for People to Be There

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Islam is not an easy religion to convert into.  It is ironic that although Islam as a faith is an easy religion, the circumstances of the current socio-political climate and especially the Muslims themselves do not make it easy.  We have a lot of self-styled da’wah gurus with their pictures of the latest trophy convert.  But there is not a lot of follow-up.  Muslims are not calling people to Islam; they are calling people to whatever mistaken ideology they subscribe to.
There is a need for people to be there.  And there should be an organised “Be There” Programme to have a support network that will be there when these challenges inevitably manifest themselves.  And this will happen after conversion.  This should be an independent initiative to follow-up with the people who attend the classes, the new Muslims, the non-Muslims and also the lapsed Muslims.  Although not every non-Muslim who attends a class will convert, the fact that they are attending…

The Lie that Yazid ibn Mu'awiyah is Guaranteed Jannah

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One of the great lies the Wahhabis spread is that Yazid ibn Mu’awiyah was guaranteed Forgiveness because he led the first Muslim invasion of Constantinople.  They cite the hadits recorded, in Swahih al-Bukhari, and on the authority of Khalid ibn Madan (r.a.).



‘Umayr ibn al-Aswad al-Ansi (r.a.) told Khalid ibn Madan (r.a.) that he went to ‘Ubadah ibn asw-Swamit (r.a.) while he was staying in his house, at the sea-shore of Hims, with his wife, Umm Haram (r.a.).  ‘Umayr (r.a.) said. “Umm Haram informed us that she heard the Prophet (s.a.w.) saying, ‘Paradise is Granted to the first batch of my followers who will undertake a naval expedition.’”
Umm Haram (r.a.) added, “I said, ‘O Allah’s Messenger (s.a.w.), will I be amongst them?’
He replied, ‘You will be amongst them.’  The Prophet (s.a.w.) then said, ‘The first army amongst my followers who will invade Caesar’s City will be Forgiven their sins.’
I asked, 'Will I be one of them, O Allah’s Messenger (