Assassination of Caliph Uthman ibn Affan

Islamic civil war erupted upon the assassination of the third caliph Uthman ibn Affan, in 656 by Egyptian soldiers. The caliph succeeded by Muhammad’s son-in-law and scribe, Ali ibn Abi Talib following a battlefield challenge by A’ishah, Muhammad’s widow, and by Muawiyah ibn Abi Sufyan, the governor of Damascus that lasted until 661. Ali was assassinated and Muawiyah became caliph. In Islamic history, this was the first fitnah, or test.

      656 CE
      Muawiyah I

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  • Uthman – Wikipedia
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