The Most Modest Of All


The Most Modest Of All

Hadhrat ‘Uthman (May Allah be well pleased with him) is the most modest of all.  The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) would also acknowledge this.  There is a Hadith in Sahih Muslim:

Translation: It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat ‘Ata Bin Yasaar, Hadhrat Sulaiman Bin Yasaar and Hadhrat Abu Salma Bin Abdur Rahman (May Allah be well pleased with them) that Hadhrat Aisha Siddiqua (May Allah be well pleased with her) said:  The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) was resting in his house and his lower garment had moved a bit exposing His thigh or His ankle.  Hadhrat Abu Bakr Siddiq (May Allah be well pleased with him) asked for permission to come in.  The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) permitted him in His presence.  Then Hadhrat ‘Umar (May Allah be well pleased with him) came and requested permission.  The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) permitted him as well.  Then Hadhrat ‘Uthman (May Allah be well pleased with him) came and requested permission.  The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) sat up and adjusted His clothes.  Then Hadhrat ‘Uthman (May Allah be well pleased with him) came and spoke with the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam).  When he went away, Hadhrat ‘Aisha Siddiqua (May Allah be well pleased with her) said:  Hadhrat Abu Bakr (May Allah be well pleased with him) came, you didn’t move and didn’t mind (lying in that position), then Hadhrat ‘Umar (May Allah be well pleased with him) came and neither did you move nor did you mind.  When Hadhrat ‘Uthman (May Allah be well pleased with him) came, you sat up and adjusted your clothes?  The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:  Why shouldn’t I be modest before the one with whom even angels exercise modesty?  (Sahih Muslim, Kitab Ul Fadhailis Sahabah, Hadith No. 6362)

It is mentioned in another Hadith in Sahih Muslim:

Translation: The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:  ‘Uthman is modest.  I feared that if I permitted him in that condition, out of modesty, he would not be able to tell me his need.  (Sahih Muslim, Fadhaailis Sahabah, Hadith No. 6363)

Because of his extreme modesty, the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said a prayer specially for him.  As mentioned in this Hadith of Kanz Ul Ummal:

Translation: The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: I supplicated Allah that in Qiyamah, ‘Uthman should not be called to account and Allah Most High accepted my intercession in his favor.  (Kanz Ul Ummal, Hadith No. 33095)

This supplication of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) is held in such value and regard that in Qiyamah, a special announcement will be made by Allah Most High that Hadhrat ‘Uthman (May Allah be well pleased with him) should enter Jannah in all glory.  Allah Most High says:

O contented (pleased) self!  Return to your Lord in such a state that you are both the aspirant to and the aspired of His pleasure (i.e. you seek His pleasure and He seeks yours).  So join My (perfect) servants.  And enter Paradise (of my nearness and sight).  Surah Fajr (89:27-30)

In the exegesis of this verse of the Holy Quran, ‘Allama Ibn Katheer relates a Hadith that this verse was revealed about Hadhrat ‘Uthman (May Allah be well pleased with him), as given in Tafseer Ibn Katheer:


Translation: Imam Zahhak (May Allah shower His mercy on him) has narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Abdullah Bin Abbas (May Allah be well pleased with them) that this verse was revealed in praise of Hadhrat ‘Uthman (May Allah be well pleased with him).  (Tafseer Ibn Katheer, Surah Fajr)

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