The Sahabi No’man ibn Bashir radiya Llahu ‘anhu narrates the following incident:
Whilst sitting in the masjid of Kufah, ‘Ali overheard us one day speaking about ‘Uthman, Talhah and Zubair radiya Llahu ‘anhum. He immediately turned his attention to us and asked: “What is it that you speak about?” We replied: “We were speaking (out) about ‘Uthman, Talhah and Zubair. We thought you were asleep.” ‘Ali then recited unto us the following verse:
إِنَّ الَّذِيْنَ سَبَقَتْ لَهُمْ مِّنَّا الْحُسْنٰٓىۙ أُوْلٰئِكَ عَنْهَا مُبْعَدُوْنَ
Indeed, those for whom the best (reward) has preceded from Us – they are from it far removed.
“This verse applies to ‘Uthman, Talhah and Zubair; and I am also from their party,” said ‘Ali. He then recited the verse:
وَنَزَعْنَا مَا فِىْْ صُدُوْرِهِم مِّنْ غِلٍّ إِخْوَانًا عَلٰى سُرُرٍ مُّتَقٰـبِلِينَ
And We will remove whatever is in their breasts of resentment, (so they will be) brothers, on thrones facing each other.
 Surah al Ambiya’: 101
 Surah al Hijr: 47
 Tarikh Dimashq p. 472; Musnad Ahmed 2/618
 In another narration (also narrated by Ahmed in his Musnad), after hearing ‘Ali radiya Llahu ‘anhu recite these verses, a man stood up and said: “O Amir al Mu’minin, surely Allah is more just than that!” Thereafter, the narrator says that ‘Ali radiya Llahu ‘anhu exclaimed: “If they [the verses] do not apply to us, then to whom do they apply?”Back to top