38. ‘Uthman will be the friend of the Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam in Jannat
وَبِهِ قَالَ القَطِيْعِيُّ: حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ اللهِ، حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو مَرْوَانَ العُثْمَانِيُّ، حَدَّثَنَا أَبِي، عَنْ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ ابْنِ أَبِي الزِّنَادِ، عَنْ أَبِيْه، عَنْ الأَعْرَجِ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ أَنَّ رَسوُلَ الله قَالَ: لِكُلِ نَبِيٍّ رَفِيْقٌ فِي الجَنَّةِ وَرَفِيْقِي فِيْهَا عُثْمَانُ بْنُ عَفَّان
- Al Qati’i states—’Abdullah narrated to us—Abu Marwan al ‘Uthmani narrated to us—my father narrated to me—from ‘Abdul Rahman ibn Abi Zinad—from his father—from Al A’raj—from Abu Hurairah:
The Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “Every Prophet has a close friend in Paradise, and my close friend is ‘Uthman.”
 The chain is Matruk (suspected of forgery). Al Qati’i reports it in Zawa’id ‘ala Fada’il al Sahabah (757) from Abu Marwan Muhammad ibn ‘Uthman al ‘Uthmani with this chain. It is weak due ‘Uthman ibn Khalid, the father of Abu Marwan, who is accused of lying. We already provided a biography of his under the sixth narration. There are other weak chains for this narration. Amongst these is the narration of al Tirmidhi (3698) via a Sheikh of Banu Zahrah—from al Harith ibn ‘Abdul Rahman ibn Abi Dhubab—from Talhah ibn ‘Ubaidullah. This chain is clearly weak due to the anonymity of the Sheikh. Al Tirmidhi pointed out that the chain is broken, as al Harith did not meet Talhah. Ibn Abi ‘Asim narrates in al Sunnah (1288) and al Hakim in Mustadrak (4537) via their chains from al Qasim al Ansari—from Abu ‘Ubadah al Zuraqi—from Zaid ibn Aslam—from his father—from ‘Uthman. Al Dhahabi states, “Al Qasim: Al Bukhari states that his narrations are not authentic. Abu Hatim said that he is unknown.” I say: Abu ‘Ubadah’s full name is ‘Isa ibn ‘Abdul Rahman ibn Farwah, whose narrations are Munkar (weak and in contradiction of authentic narrations). Tahdhib al Tahdhib 3/361.