Saturday, 31 December 2016
The Family of 'Utsman ibn 'Affan (r.a.) & the Ahl al-Bayt had Close Ties
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
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 al-Baqi. This would not have been possible if there were tensions between him and the Ahl al-Bayt.
We know, for a fact, that ‘Ali (k.w.) named his son “‘Utsman” after ‘Utsman ibn ‘Affan (r.a.). It was reported from Abu Sa’id al-Khudri (r.a.), that he once saw a beautiful boy near ‘Ali (k.w.), and asked after him. ‘Ali (k.w.) answered, “This is ‘Utsman ibn ‘Ali. I named him after ‘Utsman ibn ‘Affan …”
In continuing that tradition, Husayn (r.a.) also named one of his sons “‘Utsman”. And Sayyid ‘Utsman ibn ‘Aqil ibn Abi Thalib (r.a.) has a son named “‘Utsman’ as well.
Husayn’s (r.a.) daughter, Sayyidah Sakinah (r.a.) was married to Shaykh Zayd ibn ‘Umru ibn ‘Utsman (r.a.), the grandson of ‘Utsman ibn ‘Affan (r.a.).
Hasan’s (r.a.) granddaughter, Sayyidah Umm Qasim bint Hasan ibn Hasan (r.a.), was married to Shaykh Marwan ibn Aban ibn ‘Utsman (r.a.), another grandson of ‘Utsman (r.a.).
Ja’far ibn ‘bi Thalib’s (r.a.), granddaughter, Shaykha Umm Kultsum (r.a.) was married to Aban ibn ‘Utsman (r.a.).
Abbas’ (r.a.) granddaughter, Shaykha Lubabah bint ‘Ubaydullah (r.a.) was married to Shaykh Walid ibn ‘Utbah, the grandson of Abu Sufyan (r.a.). ‘Abbas (r.a.) and Abu Sufyan (r.a.) were friends from the beginning, before they converted to Islam. When we dig further, we find that they were close and inter-related, as were most of the close companions of the Prophet (s.a.w.).