Know Caliph Uthman ibn Affan (ra): A generous and pious person


The dome and minarets of a new mosque are seen in Abu Ghosh, near Jerusalem, in this Nov. 22, 2013 photo. (Reuters)

Uthman ibn Affan was the third caliph of Islam. He was known as the leader of the faithful and ruled for approximately 12 years. The first six years were times of relative tranquility and peace, however the last years of his reign were marred by internal conflict, and pockets of rebels trying to cause havoc throughout the Caliphate.

Uthman is remembered as a pious, gentle, and kind man, known for his modesty and shyness, and admired for his generosity. He ruled with impartial justice and mild and humane policies, based on his obedience to God and his love for Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the Muslim nation.

Uthman (may God be pleased with him) was born seven years after Prophet Muhammad (may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him) and belonged to the Umayyad branch of the Quraish tribe. The Umayyads were the most influential clan of the Quraish, they were the strongest and wealthiest, and Uthman was their “golden child”, the most beloved, due to his good manners and shyness. Like his predecessor Omar ibn Al Khattab, Uthman was able to… continue reading at

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