The modesty of Sayyiduna ‘Uthman ibn ‘Affan (radiyallahu ‘anhu)

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Is the following narration authentic?

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was reclining in his house while his legs were uncovered. Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radiyallahu ‘anhu) sought permission to enter, so he permitted him to enter and he spoke to him. Then Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) sought permission to enter, so he was permitted likewise, and he spoke to him as well while he continued to recline. Then Sayyiduna ‘Uthman came and sought permission to enter, so Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) sat up and straightened his garments. Sayyiduna ‘Uthman was then permitted to enter and he spoke to him.

When he left, Sayyidah  ‘Aaishah (radiyallahu ‘anha) said to Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam): ‘Abu Bakr came and you did not move, ‘Umar came and you did not move, but when ‘Uthman came you sat up and straightened your garments?’ He said:

“Should I not feel shy before a man whom the Angels feel shy of “?



Imam Muslim (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration in his Sahih. The narration is therefore authentic.

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 2401)


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar


Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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