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‘Uthman ibn ‘Affan, may Allah be pleased

with him
‘Uthman ibn ‘Affan
Any critical comments in the following about shi‘ism are certainly not intended as license for the
increasingly barbaric atrocities committed against ordinary shi‘as across the so-called Muslim
world by sectarians whose claim to ‘sunnism’ is tenuous at best. That insurgent ‘sunnism’ should
justify its existence by attacks on people whose only sin is by an accident of birth when their
own sunnism is also by an accident of birth, rather than engaging in reasoned, courteous and
convivial conversation with them, is a tacit admission of intellectual, spiritual and human
bankruptcy. It goes without saying that the same applies to shi‘a sectarians guilty of similar
crimes. Whereas we have no hostility for ‘shi‘as’ or ‘sunnis’ per se, we reserve a special distaste
for scholars who mislead people, of whatever confessional persuasion they may be.
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How extraordinary and how paradoxical it is when opposites meet. It is well said in the Arabic
proverb “whatever increases beyond the limit is transformed into its opposite”. Thus, in the
modern age we have witnessed the rise of excessive and ostentatious erudition in texts, which we
most often associate with sectarian wahhabis/salafis erroneously called ‘sunnis’ by the world’s
media and a sizeable contingent of academics. Yet this superficially learned but dismally
ignorant cult of texts – oblivious to the dictum of the Imam of the people of hadith and the
Sunnah, Malik ibn Anas, that “knowledge is a light; it is not a great deal of narration” – and
which has itself been rendered obsolete by databases and search engines, has learned to play both
ends of the sunni-shi’a spectrum and also produced ‘sunni’ votaries of the family of the Prophet,
peace be upon him, who are in reality engaged in the covert introduction of shi’ism itself into
Islam, a story with long antecedents in history.
This covert shi’ism has long had as its apparently most sensible claim that ‘the Umayyads’ were
the worst thing to happen to the Muslims. Many naïve Muslims – and the believer is by
definition naïve and trusting, although he is not bitten from the same snake-hole twice – have
found themselves lured into the seemingly quite reasonable thesis that the Umayyads were
absolutely responsible for everything that went wrong with Islam. We note here, almost in
parentheses, the telling note of dualism, pitting an ultimate good against an ultimate evil, a
Zoroastrianism. Let me spell that out: historical people had historical reasons for their behaviour,
and history is not the place for the working out of false metaphysics, and certainly not a
metaphysics based on two gods. The only metaphysics whose traces we do expect to discover in
history is the action of the All-Merciful One from Whose decree both good and bad come. Thus
we find extremely troubling this recidivist re-emergence within Islam of an ancient cult, whose
appearance and re-appearance can, nevertheless, be detected throughout history.
The main problem with the ‘corrupt Umayyads’ thesis is, of course, the considerable number of
Companions, later caliphs of the Muslims and outstanding men of right action there were among

. drunkenness. Historical figure after figure is thus expelled from the ranks of the believers by these paragons of self-righteousness. whether in battle or in death through old age. also followed that sunnah and relied increasingly on his relatives was not nepotism but rather the inevitable result of the steady attrition of Companions. is free of error and wrongdoing? Yet here again. may Allah bless him and grant him peace. by the agreement of the people of the Sunnah. peace be upon him. if they do that. a thesis our covert shi‘a would readily endorse. he brings clarity to an area of history that is understandably hard to comprehend for many people. founded Umayyad power and dynasty. But these superficial scholars have rarely got the nerve to attack ‘Uthman directly since. may Allah bless him and grant him peace. Defence Against Disaster. peace be upon him. having embraced his erstwhile enemies with a forgiveness that simply broke their hearts and left them penitent for their wrongdoing and opposition and filled with love for him. in that. followed him. to a man. not least the splendid dynasty of Western Andalusian Islam. may Allah be pleased with both of them. adultery and usury. is close to publication in its second edition. This is a work which. is intended really for ‘Uthman ibn ‘Affan. may Allah be pleased with him. was reduced considerably and ‘Uthman was forced to draw on his own clan. it would be tempting to say that ‘Uthman ibn ‘Affan. It is no accident that the author was himself not only a discerning scholar of those very texts but a judge (qadi) of great integrity accustomed to sorting through conflicting and contradictory evidence in matters of property. who. The number of capable people who had known the Prophet. The venom directed at Mu‘awiyah. a wellspring of political savvy that was to benefit Islam and the Muslims greatly. with its author’s unerring discrimination (fiqh). guides us through the pitfalls of the superabundance of texts. they feel able to slander those who can no longer defend themselves. life and death. the other asserting the most singular and unique dynastic claim. one claiming to reject all traditional and dynastic authority. The Rightly Guided Caliphs. Just as surely. except of course that it was the Messenger of Allah. aside from the prophets and messengers. Inflated with their own apparent erudition and self-assumed piety. That ‘Uthman. they will be contending with the sizeable and irrefutable evidence from their own hadith literature of his outstanding merit and will thus find themselves in direct opposition to their Prophet. in appointment upon appointment after the Fath (the Opening of Makka to Islam). who seem utterly unaware that feeling secure (amn) from Allah is one of the major wrong actions along with murder. But then self-righteous scholars have none of that most essential trait of people of knowledge: humility. there is a surprising convergence of apparent opposites: kharijism and shi‘ism. Although Mu‘awiya is usually blamed for it. set Umayyads in positions of power and authority. But then who. Somehow the former has bequeathed to the latter its cardinal sin: its designation of those who do major wrong actions as disbelievers rather than believers who have erred. And one is not glossing over the crimes and excesses of certain individuals in later times. Thus. though certainly not endorsed. since the wealth of capability that the Umayyads represented was not something to sneer at. marriage and divorce. it is timely that the major text on this issue by Qadi Abu Bakr ibn al-‘Arabi.them. but saying that they can only be understood as historical matters. may Allah be pleased with both of them.

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