Saturday, 31 December 2016
'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.”