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…