It was said to Anas ibn Malik radiya Llahu ‘anhu:
No one can love both ‘Ali and ‘Uthman.
Anas radiya Llahu ‘anhu said:
They are lying. We love both of them.
It was narrated that Khalid ibn al Rabi’ said:
We heard that Hudhayfah was sick, so Abu Mas’ud al Ansari radiya Llahu ‘anhu went to him with a number of people in al Mada’in. Then mention was made of ‘Uthman’s murder and he said: “I was not present and I did not kill him or approve of that.”
Ahmed ibn Hanbal narrated from Ibn Sirin that Hudhayfah said when news of ‘Uthman’s murder reached him:
O Allah, You know that I am innocent of the blood of ‘Uthman. Even if those who killed him did the right thing, I have nothing to do with them, and if they did the wrong thing, You know that I am innocent of his blood, and the Arabs will know that if his murder was the right thing, things would improve and if it was the wrong thing there would be bloodshed. But all they got was bloodshed, and war and killing have not stopped since then.
Ibn ‘Asakir narrated from Jundub ibn ‘Abdullah radiya Llahu ‘anhu– who met Rasul salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam – that he met Hudhayfah radiya Llahu ‘anhu and mentioned the case of the khalifah ‘Uthman radiya Llahu ‘anhu to him, and he said: “They will kill him.” Jundub asked: “Where will he be?” He said: “In Paradise.” Jundub said: “Where will his killers be?” He said: “In hell.”
Umm Sulaim al Ansariyyah radiya Llahu ‘anha said, when she heard of the killing of ‘Uthman radiya Llahu ‘anhu:
They will not get anything after this but bloodshed.
It was narrated that Abu Maryam said:
Ibn Kathir narrated in al Bidayah wa al Nihayah that Abu Bakrah radiya Llahu ‘anhu said:
To be thrown from heaven to earth would be dearer to me than having any part in the murder of ‘Uthman.
It was narrated from Abu ‘Uthman al Nahdi that Abu Musa al Ash’ari radiya Llahu ‘anhu said:
If the killing of ‘Uthman radiya Llahu ‘anhu was guided, then sincerity would have brought something good out of this action, but it was misguided so it brought bloodshed.
Ibn ‘Asakir narrated with his isnad that Samurah ibn Jundub radiya Llahu ‘anhu said:
Islam was in a strong fortress, but they breached this defence by killing ‘Uthman and damaged it in many places, and they will not be able to repair the gaps or fill them until the Day of Resurrection. The khilafah was among the people of Madinah but it was taken out and it is no longer among them.
Abu Nuaim narrated in Ma’rifat al Sahabah with his isnad that ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr ibn al ‘As radiya Llahu ‘anhu said:
‘Uthman ibn ‘Affan Dhu al Nurayn was killed unlawfully and he will be given a double reward.
Do not kill ‘Uthman, for if you kill him you will never pray together again.
According to another report:
By Allah, you will not shed even a little of his (‘Uthman’s) blood but that will push you further away from Allah.
It was narrated that Talq ibn Khashshaf said:
We went to Madinah and Qart ibn Khaythamah was with us. We met Hassan ibn ‘Ali and Qart said to him:
Why was the Amir al Mu’minin ‘Uthman killed?
Hassan radiya Llahu ‘anhu replied:
He was killed unlawfully.
It was narrated that Yazid ibn Abi ‘Ubaidah said:
When ‘Uthman was killed, Salamah ibn al Akwa’ – who had been present at Badr – left Madinah and headed for al Rabdhah, and he stayed there until just before he died.
It was narrated that Abu Hazim said:
I was with ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar ibn al Khattab and he mentioned ‘Uthman and his virtues, his attributes and his relationship through marriage to Rasul salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam so that he depicted him as purer than glass. Then he mentioned ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib radiya Llahu ‘anhu and mentioned his virtues, his seniority in Islam and his relationship through marriage to Rasul salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam until he depicted him as purer than glass. Then he said: “Whoever wants to talk about these two let him talk about them in this manner or else not speak at all.”
Ibn ‘Umar radiya Llahu ‘anhum also said:
Do not revile ‘Uthman, for we used to regard him as one of the best of us.
 op. cit., 2/27
 Al Bidayah wa al Nihayah, 7/195
 Tarikh al Madinah, 4/1245
 Ma’rifat al Sahabah, 1/245; al Mu’jam al Kabir, 1/46
 Al Tabaqat, 3/81
 Tarikh al Madinah, 4/145
 op. cit., 4/142