Wealthy Sahaba : Uthman bin Affan

This is the continuation on our study of Suratul Humazah. We covered it HERE.

We covered short seerahs on wealthy sahabah such to give examples to the children of the wealthy sahabah, who are infact the best of the best, among the ten promised jannah, May Allah have mercy on them. One can have wealth but not be among those described in Suratul Humazah. What kind of characters do they have that Allah has put favour on them?

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“O Allah, Be pleased with Uthman for I am pleased with him.” The Prophet (Salla-Llaahu ‘alayhi wa-sallam)

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During the reign of the Caliph ‘Umar (radiy-Allaahu ‘anhu) in the year known as ‘the year of Ramaadah”, when the people at Madina suffered a severe draught, to the extent that they resorted to eating tree leaves out of starvation, news came that ‘Uthman (radiy-Allaahu ‘anhu) was expecting a caravan of 1000 camels loaded with food supplies. The merchants of the Madina rushed to him to buy those loads of food to make money out of them. Our hero asked them how much they would pay him. They offerend double and triple the price of those camel loads, and kept raising their offers. What was ‘Uthman’s answer tot hem? He replied, “I have been offered more by Allah Who has promised ten to seven hundred folds.” (See Qur’an, Chapter 2, verse 261) He gave the whole 1000 camel caravan load in charity to the needy people of the city.

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In the year 9 of Hijra (circa 630 G), the Prophet Muhammed (salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa-sallam) decided to launch an attack against the Arab vassals of the Roman Empire, as a deterrent to the Romans who were reported to have been preparing to wage war against the Muslims. It was summer, and the affairs of the Muslims were not going well. Many a believer wanted to join the army, but was prevented by poverty and scarcity of means. To save the day our hero, ‘Uthman (radiy-Allaahu ‘anhu) gave 10,000 gold dinars, three hundred fully equipped camels, and fifty horses for this Battle of Tabuk. Besides, he supplied three hundred of the learned companions of the Prophet (salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa-sallam) with full provisions to accompany the army. The Prophet’s reaction was, “Nothing will hurt ‘Uthman after this day.” The Prophet then prayed, “O Allah, be pleased with ‘Uthman, for I am pleased with him.”

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In Medina, water was scarce and control of the wells was tightly held by several men.  Because he was a skilful trader and negotiator, Uthman set about trying to procure a well for the use of the Muslims.  He negotiated a price for half a well; he would have control one day and the other owner the next day.  However, Uthman gave his water to the Muslims freely, so nobody wanted to pay for the water on the alternate days.  The original owner of the well had no choice but to sell his half of the well to Uthman who nevertheless paid a fair price for it.  Uthman continued to allow the water to be used freely by all and never reminded the people of his charity.  He was humble and modest.
Uthman gave freely from his wealth to please God and His messenger Muhammad.

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