Discussion Two – Introductory Points

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Discussion Two

We now respond to the widely circulated allegation against Uthman radiya Llahu ‘anhu:

 

فإنه ولى أمور المسلمين من لا يصلح للولاية حتى ظهر من بعضهم الفسوق و من بعضهم الخيانة إلخ

For indeed he (‘Uthman) handed over the affairs of the Muslims to those who were not worthy of authority to the extent that transgression became manifest from some and breach of trust from others.[1]

 

These are the very same personalities from the relatives of Sayyidina ‘Uthman radiya Llahu ‘anhu who have been listed in discussion one, i.e. Walid ibn ‘Uqbah, Sa’id ibn al ‘As, ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amir ibn Kurayz, Amir Muawiyah ibn Abi Sufyan, ‘Abdullah ibn Sa’d ibn Abi Sarh, and Marwan ibn al Hakam.

These personalities were accused of been given the responsibility of governorship by Sayyidina ‘Uthman radiya Llahu ‘anhu whereas they did not possess the skills for authority, and were transgressors and fraudsters instead. They brought deficiency in the leadership of Muslims, din underwent retrogression due to them, and Islam was destroyed. Because they assumed high posts, tribalism and the prejudice of the era of ignorance reared its ugly head once again and finally resulted in the murder of Sayyidina ‘Uthman radiya Llahu ‘anhu.

To answer this objection, a few points need to be taken note of, thereafter the status of each of these individuals should be studied separately. Thus the type of people they were, their behaviour, whether Islam profited from their services, of whether they were worthy of appointment, and if tribalism returned due to them; can all be accurately ascertained, and we can determine once and for all whether there is truth to the tale or is it nothing more than sensationalised propaganda.

 

Introductory Points

  1. To be infallible from sin and error is the quality of the Prophets ‘alayhim al Salam The individuals under discussion were not free from sin, nor were they protected from sins like angels. They were humans, and for a human to err is only natural.
  2. The critics have made much hue and cry over the alleged misdeeds of these individuals. This was all they could find to talk about fro the biopgraphies of these individuals.

In the forthcoming pages, we will present the other side of the picture. In this manner, both good and bad characteristics of an individual will become visible to the readers.

Supposedly they had defects, then consider their advantages at the same time.

عیب وی جملہ بگفتی ہنرش نیز بگو

You have enumerated all my flaws. List my excellences as well.

  1. Also worth considering is that Sayyidina ‘Uthman radiya Llahu ‘anhu had reliance upon them and assigned duties to them. Had they not been worthy of those posts and had they possessed no potential, Sayyidina ‘Uthman radiya Llahu ‘anhu would have never handed over to them significant work of the ummah.

 

Presentations on aspects related to these six personalities will now unfold in sequence, which will bring discussion two to a close.

 

NEXT⇒ Walid ibn ‘Uqbah And the allegations against him


[1] Minhaj al Kiramah fi Ma’rifat al Imamah, discussion on the allegations against ‘Uthman, 66, printed in the end of volume 4 of Minhaj al Sunnah, Lahore print.

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