The Islam of Hazrat ‘Uthmaan bin ‘Affaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part One

Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) says:

I once entered my home and found my aunt (mother’s sister), Su’daa, sitting among the household. My aunt would engage in soothsaying. The moment she saw me, she said:

أبشر وحييت ثلاثا وترا      ثم ثلاثا وثلاثا أخرى

ثم بأخرى كي تتم عشرا     لقيت خيرا ووقيت شرا

نكحت والله حصانا زهرا    وأنت بكر ولقيت بكرا

Accept glad tidings and congratulations thrice, then thrice more, and then thrice more And then once more to complete ten. You have encountered goodness and have been saved from evil. By Allah! You have married an extremely chaste and beautiful woman. You are a virgin and you have married a virgin.

I was astonished and perplexed at what my aunt had said, and so I asked her, “O aunt! What are you saying?” She replied by reciting the following couplets:

عثمان يا عثمان يا عثمان    لك الجمال ولك الشان

هذا نبي معه البرهان      أرسله بحقه الديان

وجاءه التنزيل والفرقان     فاتبعه ولا تغيا بك الأوثان

‘Uthmaan! O ‘Uthmaan! O ‘Uthmaan! You have been blessed with beauty and you have been blessed with prestige. This is a Nabi with whom there are clear proofs and signs. The Lord of recompense has deputed him with the truth. The word of Allah is revealed to him, which distinguishes between truth and falsehood. So follow him and do not allow the idols to misguide you.

(to be continued insha Allah)

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/165-166)

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