Mon, 10 October 2016
One of the most troublesome spots in the Muslim world was the Iraqi city of Kufah. The people were fickle, restless, and never satisfied with their governor. Uthman had to change their governor no less than three times.
Uthman's popularity took another hit during the Hajj of 649. Seemingly inconsequential actions had major repercussions.
But the most important event during this period was the one that would bring the most benefit. Upon discovering the message of the Quran was in danger of being diluted and fractured, Uthman took immediate stops to reverse this trend.
What came out of this was a standard, official compilation of the Quran that remains to this day.
But even this great achievement came with its problems. Ultimately, it was just another chance for Uthman's opponents to gripe about him.
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Mon, 3 October 2016
Uthman has been accused of often appointing his family members to high positions. And in many instances that was true.
But some of his appointments were still very good, even if they were related to him. An example of that is Muawiyyah ibn Abu Sufyan.
In addition to finding favor with the Prophet of Islam, Muawiyyah was a competent governor of Syria. One of his earliest successes was the building of the first Muslim navy.
But he would run into trouble when another companion, Abu Dharr, begins to criticize the way some Muslims lived.
Abu Dharr was not one to hold his tongue; not even for the governor of Syria nor for the Caliph. When Abu Dharr's speech begins to rub people the wrong way, Uthman has to make some changes.
Unfortunately, he was unaware how those changes would damage his reputation.
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