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Although ‘Uthmân took an oath that he had not written the letter, the rebels demanded that he abdicate but ‘Uthmân refused. Suyûtî states that the Prophet [sall-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam] said: “Perhaps Allâh will robe you in a garment, so if the hypocrites wish to 7strip it off you, do not take it off you until you meet me.” A siege began of ‘Uthmân’s house, he was prevented from coming out of his house and eventually the water supply was cut off. A number of companions including Hasan, Husayn, Muhammad bin Talhah, ‘Abdullâh bin Zubayr [radî Allâhu ‘anhum] guarded the house and some of them were wounded in a fight with the rebels
‘Uthmân requested that those who were defending him should leave, and rejected repeated offers of assistance from various companions (including Abû Hurayrah and Zayd bin Thabbit). ‘Uthmân said: “I ask those who believe they owe me obedience to hold back their hands and their weapons… I have no need of any defence” He also said: “The Prophet [sall-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam] made a covenant with me and I will be patient with it.” Ahmad narrates that during the siege ‘Uthmân said: “I saw the Messenger of Allâh [sall-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam] in a dream, and I saw Abû Bakr and ‘Umar. They told me: ‘Be patient, you will break fast with us tomorrow’.” Then he called for a Qur’ân and he spread it open before him.