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

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

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.”


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