Title: Uthman Ibn Affan- The Third of the Rightly Guided Caliphs
Author: Maulvi AbdulAziz
The book is about the life of Uthman Ibn Affan (Rodi Allahu Anhu) before and after Islam. It embodies his characters such as modesty which he was well known for, his family, friends and all his contributions to the propagation of Islam during and after the life of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhin Wasalam).
He was born in At Taif in the year 576 CE into a wealthy and influential family of the Bani Umayyah clan of Quraysh. His father named Affan, died during the Jahiliyyah (Ignorance) period while his mother Arwa bint Kurayz became a Muslim and died as one.
One extraordinary achievement of Uthman (Rodi Allahu Anhu) during his lifetime was marrying two daughters of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhin Wasalam) one after the other. This earned him the title of Dhu’n Nurayn- meaning ‘he of the two lights.’His physical appearance was described to be one of the best. He married eight (8) wives and all after Islam and had nine sons from four wives and five daughters from five wives.
Before the advent of Islam, Uthman was known to be wealthy and of high status amongst his people but he was modest about it. He never indulged in the nefarious acts present in the period of Jahiliyyah.Uthman (Rodi Allahu Anhu) was kind and generous and usually the first to spend in the cause of Allah (Subhana Huwa T’Allah.
What I love about Uthman (Rodi Allahu Anhu) as written by the author was an incident that occurred during a drought in Madinah. He gave all his foodstuffs brought by his workers to the Muslim poor instead of selling it at a bargain to the merchants. His statement when they offered their price: Allah Has given me a better offer, tenfold for every Dirham. Can you give me more? Such was the height of his generosity.May we emulate this from one of the best Companions of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhin Wasalam) Ameen.
Another endearing act he did was when he twisted his servant’s ear out of anger. He could not sleep that night due to guilt until he asked the servant to take revenge by turning his ear. The servant refuses at first but finally did it when Uthman insisted.
The sorrowful end to Uthman’s Caliphate infuriated me. His killing was senseless. Allahu ‘Alam.
I enjoyed reading this book because I got insightful knowledge and wisdom from Uthman’s (Rodi Allahu Anhu) life history that I can apply to mine.
We need to go back to the accounts of the early Muslims to get loads of acts that we can do to earn rewards. Most especially our children. We need to tell them these stories so that they have a love for the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhin Wasalam) and his Companions (Rodi Allahu anhuma) thereby inculcating beautiful habits and manners.
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