Caliph Uthman RA - Events Around His Martyrdom
  • Question:

    Can you please explain in detail the reasons for revolt and other incidents in detail surrounding the martyrdom of Caliph Uthman R.A? I was also reading somewhere that Caliph Uthman R.A preferred his kin and friends while appointing on key posts. Are these allegations true?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    We admire your interest regarding the life of ‘Uthman and other Companions (may Allah be pleased with them).
    The main cause for the revolt against ‘Uthman (may Allah be pleased with him) was related to politics and power , related to leadership and government controls.

    The Prophet Muḥammad (peace and blessings upon him) had stated that “All the Companions/ Sahabah are upright [and just]” (Al Isābah). That being said, even though some of the posts appointed by ‘Uthman (may Allah be pleased with him) were to relatives, we cannot say this was favouritism or injustice.

    For full details regarding ‘Uthman’s life, we suggest you read the book “The History of the Four Caliphs”

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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