Life of Usman Bilal and Hamza
Hazrat Usman (R.A)When there were only a few converts of Islam, Hazrat Usman accepted Islam on the invitation of Hazrat Abu Bakar (R.A.). He was the husband of Bibi Ruqaya, the daughter of our Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). The people of Mecca were against Islam so the lives of Muslims were very tough due to their persecution. Some of the Muslims migrated to Abyssinia. Hazrat Usman and Hazrat Bibi Ruqaya, both were part of this migration. Hazrat Usman participated in the battles except for the Battle of Badr as his wife Ruqaya was ill and she passed away before the return of Muslims from Badr.
After the death of Hazrat Ruqaya, our holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) gave his second daughter in the Nikah of Hazrat Usman. It is because he is known as Zun-Noorain (the possessor of two lights). Once our Holy Prophet said that “For every Apostle of Allah, there was a constant companion and my companion in paradise will be Usman (R.A)”
After the migration to Medina, Muslims faced difficulty to get drinking water. It was Hazrat Usman who purchased a well from a Jew in 20000 Dirhams and devoted it to the Muslims for free of cost. This well is known as Bi’r-e-Rumah. He also helped the Muslims at different incidents. At the time when Muslims were getting prepared for the battle of Tabuk, he bore the expanses of one-third of the Muslim force. After that our holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said that “Nothing will do any harm to Usman from this day, whatever he does.” Hazrat Usman (R.A) was also chosen to escort the wives of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) at his farewell pilgrimage. Hazrat Usman was also one of the ten blessed companions and also became the third caliph of the Muslims.