It is not the understanding of Sunni Islam that Sayyidina ‘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 Muhammad ibn Hanbal (r.a.) recorded a narration with its isnad from Sayyidina Muhammad ibn Hathib (r.a.) that he said, “I heard ‘Ali reciting:
سُوۡرَةُ الاٴنبیَاء إِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ سَبَقَتۡ لَهُم مِّنَّا ٱلۡحُسۡنَىٰٓ أُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ عَنۡہَا مُبۡعَدُونَ (١٠١)
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.ImamAbu Bakr Ahmad ibn ‘Amr ad-Dahhak ibn Abi ‘Aaswim (r.a.), in his as-Sunnah; ImamAbu Ja’far Muhammad ibn Jarir ath-Thabari (r.a.), in his Tafs…