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21
Nov
2011

Ameerul Mu'mineen Uthman ibn Affan (RA), Dhun Nurayn

21st November 2011

Shaykhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allaah have mercy upon him said): "They (Ahlus Sunnah Wal-Jamaa'ah) accept what has been reported continuously from the Prince of the Believers, 'Ali Ibn Abi Talib (may Allah be pleased with him), and from others, that the best men of this 'Ummah after its Prophet are: Abu Bakr; then 'Umar; third, 'Uthman, and fourth, 'Ali Ibn Abi Talib (may Allah be pleased with them all). All Traditions have indicated, and all Sahabah (may Allah be pleased with them all) have agreed upon giving priority to 'Uthman out of regard for his allegiance (al-Bai'ah), although some of the people of the Sunnah are disputing over whether 'Uthman or 'Ali (may Allah be pleased with both of them) has the priority, after they (the people of the Sunnah) had agreed upon giving priority to Abu Bakr and 'Umar. Some people gave the priority to 'Uthman and kept silent and considered 'Ali to be the fourth. However, some people preferred 'Ali. And some remained neutral. But the people of the Sunnah settled on preferring 'Uthman, even though this matter - the matter of 'Uthman and 'Ali - is not of the fundamentals. The majority of the people of the Sunnah do not consider disagreeing in this matter as being misled. Rather, it is in the matter of the "Question of the Caliphate" where they consider the disagreeing person to be misled.

Ahl as-Sunnah believe that the Caliph after the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) is Abu Bakr; then 'Umar; then 'Uthman, then 'Ali, and that whoever contests the Caliphate of any one of these Imams is indeed more lost than an ass." ('Aqeedatul-Waasitiyyah)

 

His lineage is: 'Uthman, son of 'Affan, son of 'Aas, son of Umayya, sonf of 'Abd Shams, son of 'Abd Manaf, son of Qusayy al-Qurashi al-Umawi. The title of Dhun Nurayn was given to him because the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) gave him his daughter Ruqayya (RA) in marriage. When she passed away, the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) gave him his other daughter Umm Kulthum (RA), and when she passed away, the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) remarked, 'If I possessed a third daughter, I would marry her to you, too.' This is why Hadrat Uthman (RA) was given the title 'Possessor of Two Lights' (Dhun-Noorayn). It is related by Anas (RA) that when the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) ordered the Pledge of Ridwan (Bay'atur Ridwan), Uthman (RA) was the envoy of the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) to Makkah (and thus not present). The Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) took the pledge from everybody and remarked, ''Uthman is occupied in the work of Allaah and His Messenger,'' and thereafter struck his one hand over the other. This way, the two hands of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) for Uthman (RA) were superior to everybody else's hands for themselves. (Tirmidhi, al-Manaqib, 1639) 

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