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History of Islam 3: Uthman ibn Affan (R)


Brief Synopsis: 

This book is the third in a series of four books about the lives of the first four Caliphs of Islam. This book reveals the details of the life of the third Caliph of Islam: Uthman ibn Affan. It provides a glimpse into the life of the third Caliph, and conditions of Islamic society during his times. Some salient features of this book are:

  • Factual details of the life of Third Caliph of Islam, his birth, pedigree, family, childhood, life before and after embracing Islam, marriage, children and friends.
  • Facts about his Caliphate, services to Islam, reforms of the Islamic society, conquests and battles.
  • Chapters covering his physical description, character and personality.
  • Colorful illustrations.
  • References to the Quran and Sunnah of the Prophet wherever needed.
  • Activities at the end of each chapter to test the knowledge gained by the readers.

This book can be used to educate students of grade 6 about the history of Islam as a part of an Islamic education curriculum.


This is the third volume from this series, which deals with the life of Uthmn bin Affn ( ), the third of the four Rightly-Guided Caliphs. Uthman ibn Affan (R) was the most qualified to become the Caliph during his time; his claim to the caliphate was valid and his caliphate was legitimate. He led the people on the path of truth and ruled with justice, until he was martyred.

Darussalam presents the entire History of Islam to our youth in language that appeals to them, in a simple yet lucid manner. The first four volumes in this series explore Islamic history during the period of the first Four Rightly-Guided Caliphs. Later volumes would be devoted to the History of Islam, down through the ages to modern times, insha'Allah.

History of Islam - A Reader Series - Suitable for Grade Six (Age group 10+)
The Age of the Rightly Guided Caliphs - Al-Khulafa ar-Rashidun
Uthman ibn Affan (R): The Third of the Four Rightly Guided Caliphs

Table of Contents:


Chapter 1

  • The Third of the four Rightly-Guided Caliphs
  • The early life of Uthman ibn Affan
  • Uthman Was known by the honorific title of Dhu'n Nurayn
  • His Physical Appearance
  • Uthman's Family
  • His Status during Jahiliyah or pre-islamic period of ignorance
  • Uthman's acceptance of Islam
  • Uthman's Marriage to Ruqayyah,the daughter of Messenger of Allah(P.B.U.H.)
  • His persecution and emigration to Abyssinia
  • Uthman and the glorius Qur'an
  • He remained close to the Prophet In Madinah

Chapter 2

  • Uthman And the Battle of Badr
  • Uthman at Bay't Ar-Ridwan
  • Uthman's contribution of his wealth at the time of Tabuk Expediton
  • The well of Rumah
  • Expansion of Prophet's Mosque and Uthman's generosity
  • The Modesty of Uthman
  • Uthman during the caliphate of Abu-Bakr and Umar
  • At the time of Umar
  • The Islamic Calender

Chapter 3

  • Uthman's appointment as Caliph
  • How Abdur Rahman ibn Awf conducted the Council Process
  • Agreement to swear alligiance to Uthman
  • Uthman ibn Affan as the most qualified to become the caliph
  • Uthman Ibn Affan as caliph
  • The Highest authority in the state
  • Shura or the consultative council
  • Justice and Equality
  • Freedom:Guaranteed to all people
  • Conquests at the time of Uthman ibn Affan
  • Conquest of the Egyptian Front
  • Rebellion of Azerbaijan and Armenia
  • The conquest of North Africa
  • A glance at the conquests during the rule of Uthman

Chapter 4

  • Types of Public Expenditures at the time of Uthman ibn Affan
  • The salary of the Caliph
  • Salaries of the governers from the Public Treasury
  • Financing the rebuilding of the Prophet's Mosque
  • Financing the expansion of Al-Masjid Al-Haram at Makkah from Public Treasury
  • Spending on the establishment of the first navy
  • Spending on moving the port from Shu'aybah to Jeddah
  • Spending on the Muadhdins from the Public Treasury
  • Uniting the Ummah or Muslim community with a single Mus-haf
  • The first stage at the time of the Prophet
  • The second stage at the time of Abu-bakr
  • The difference between what was written at the time of Prophet(P.B.U.H.)and that which was written at the time of Abu Bakr
  • The third stage in the collection of Qur'an at the time of Uthman ibn Affan
  • Internal disorder and turmoil

Chapter 5

  • Conspiracy of Abdullah Ibn Saba
  • Uthman's line of action in dealing with the turmoil or Fitnah
  • Meeting of the governers

Chapter 6

  • Allegations Raised by the followers of Abdullah Ibn Saba and Uthman's clarification
  • Uthman's response to some of their requests: A look at the course of action
  • Adopted by Uthman in dealing with the Turmoil
  • Verification:To confirm that something is true and accurate
  • Sticking to justice and fairness
  • Patience
  • Keenness for what unites people and avoiding what causes the division among Muslims
  • Keeping quiet and not speaking too much
  • Consulting th knowledgeable people
  • The Rebels' Occupation of Madinah
  • Fabricated letter to kill the Egyptian Delegation
  • The beginning of the Siege
  • Negotiations between Uthman and Besiegers

Chapter 7

  • Th Rebels threaten to kill him
  • Why did Uthman resolve not to  resist or  fight ?
  • DId Uthman ask the governers to defend him?
  • The Martyrdom of Uthman
  • The last day of Siege and Uthman's Dream
  • How Uthman Was killed
  • The date of his murder
  • His Funeral and Burial
  • The effect of Uthman's murder on the Muslim Ummah or nation
  • The Muslim Sorrow at the loss of Uthman


 Other Sources: 

Surah An-Naml (Chapter 27) from Quran - Arabic English Translation
Surah An-Nasr (Chapter 110) from Quran - Arabic English Translation