قربة الدارين في مناقب عثمان بن عفان عليه الرضوان
All praise to Allah. We praise Him, we seek his help, we beg His forgiveness, we believe in Him and we rely upon Him. We seek refuge in Allah from the evil within ourselves, and from the evils of our deeds. Whomsoever Allah has guided none can mislead, and whom He causes to go astray none can lead aright. We bear witness that none is worthy of worship save Allah; and we bear witness that Muhammad is the servant and Messenger of Allah.
The envisaged portrait of the third Rightly Guided Khalifah; the possessor of two lights, varies from Muslim to Muslim. To most he is a man of great modesty, immaculate piety, and other praiseworthy traits; which might seem antithetic to him being a wealthy businessman. It is as if opposite traits convened in the makeup of this great man. Perhaps the exceptionality of his visage stems from the convening of these traits in the Amir al Muminin (Leader of the Believers), i.e. ‘Uthman.
To most people he was a martyred Rightly Guided Khalifah, a description to which the noble Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam bore testimony, while according to a small minority he is a usurper; as were those before him. These people; may Allah guide them, gravely erred in their reading of history; relying on fabrications and holding firm to its contents, thus going astray and deluding others as well. And from Allah we seek guidance.
Amidst the milieu of these differences, Imam Abu al Khayr Ismail al Talqani al Qazwini authored this great treatise. Despite its concise nature, it effectively highlights the actual status of the Amir al Muminin. He titled the treatise: An act of devotion for the two realms in mentioning the virtues of ‘Uthman Ibn ‘Affan, may Allah’s pleasure be upon him.
It was by divine inspiration that I came across this unique copy found in the library of Shahid ‘Ali Pasha in Turkey. It was written in the sixth century by the author’s student rahimahu Llah. I undertook the task of transcribing it, editing it, and scrutinising the narrations found within the work.
May Allah shower peace and salutations upon our master Muhammad salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, family, and Companions.
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