Bay’atur Ridwaan

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  • 1 400 of the Sahabah radiyallahu ‘anhum took bay’ah at the hands of the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, in order to avenge ‘Uthman radiyallahu ‘anh, whom they thought had been killed.

  • The left hand of the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam represented the hand of ‘Uthmaan radiyallahu ‘anh.

  • Allah ta’ala was pleased with those who took this pledge, and thus it is known as the “Bay’atur Ridwaan – The Pledge of Allegiance of Good Pleasure”.

(Moulana Allie Goder)

The Prophet’s (saw) Friend in Jannah

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  •  The Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said, “Inna li kulli Nabiyyin rafeeqan min Ummatihi fa inna ‘Uthmaana huwa rafeeqee fil Jannah – Indeed, every Prophet has a friend (rafeeq) from his Ummah; and indeed, ‘Uthmaan is my friend in Jannah.This hadith is weak.

(Moulana Allie Goder)

Dhun Noorayn (ra)

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  • ‘Uthman radiyallahu ‘anh was married to Ruqayyah radiyallahu ‘anhaa, the daughter of  the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam. They were regarded as the best couple.

  •  ‘Uthman radiyallahu ‘anh was not present at the Battle of Badr, as he was looking after his wife who was ill at the time. However, he is still counted as one of the Badriyyun (those who participated in the Battle of Badr).

  • When Ruqayyah radiyallahu ‘anhaa passed away,  ‘Uthman radiyallahu ‘anh became very saddened. When the  Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam asked him why he was so sad, he replied that it was because the family ties between him and the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam had been severed. The Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam thus married his other daughter, Umm Kulthum radiyallahu ‘anhaa to him.

  •  Because he was married to two daughters of the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, he was known as “Dhun Noorayn – The Possessor of Two Lights”.

  • After Umm Kulthum radiyallahu ‘anhaa was married to him, the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam enquired from her as to what kind of a husband he was. She replied that he was the best of husbands. The Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam then commented to her that how could he not be, when he most resembled Ibrahim ‘alaihis salaam and her father.

(Moulana Allie Goder)

‘Uthman’s (ra) Generosity

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  •  ‘Uthman radiyallahu ‘anhu’s father was  a rich businessman and he inherited from him. He was rich himself and was known as “al-Ghani – the Rich”; however, he was not materialistic.

  •  His main focus in using his wealth was to bring a smile to a poor person’s face.

  • The Jews used to own a well in Madinah and would charge the people a lot of money to make use of it. So ‘Uthman radiyallahu ‘anh bought half the well for 20 000 dirhams. This meant that on certain days the Jews would take the profits from the well, and on other days it would go to ‘Uthman radiyallahu ‘anh. However, on his days he allowed people to draw water for free. So then they would simply draw water for two days and not go to the well on the day of the Jews. They eventually realised that they were not going to make a profit anymore and so sold the rest of the well to ‘Uthman radiyallahu ‘anh. He then made the well a waqf. This was the first waqf in Islam.

  • When it was the time of the expedition of Tabuk, the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam called on the people to donate their wealth for the cause of jihad. ‘Uthman radiyallahu ‘anh donated hundreds of fully equipped camels to the army. The Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam then said, “Laa yadurru ‘Uthmaan maa ‘amila ba’da haadhal yawm – Whatever ‘Uthman does after this day will not harm him.

  • He bought land to extend the Masjid of the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam.

(Moulana Allie Goder)

‘Uthman’s (ra) Good Akhlaq

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  • ‘Uthman radiyallahu ‘anh had three main characteristics which led to him having good akhlaq. These were:
    1. Generosity
    2. Soft nature
    3. Modesty

(Moulana Allie Goder)

‘Uthman (ra)

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  • He was the fourth person to embrace Islam. Abu Bakr radiyallahu ‘anh gave him da’wah and he readily accepted it.

  • He was six years younger than the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam.  His ancestry meets that of the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam at their fifth grandfather i.e. ‘Abd Manaf.

  • He was from the clan of Banu Umayyah, who were rivals of Banu Hashim.

(Moulana Allie Goder)

Becoming a Wali

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  • The first step in becoming a wali is to honour the awliya’ of Allah.

(Moulana Allie Goder)