Maʿānī al-ʾAkhbār > The meaning of the saying of the Commander of the Believers, peace be upon him, to Uthman: «If I am to say, I will not say except that which you dislike, and you will not have from me except for what you like»
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حدثنا أحمد بن يحيى المكتب، قال: حدثنا أحمد بن محمد الوراق، قال: حدثنا محمد بن إسماعيل بن أبان بن مهران، قال: حدثنا عبد الله بن أبي سعيد الوراق، قال: حدثنا فضيل بن عبد الوهاب، قال: حدثنا يونس بن أبي يعقوب العبدي، عن أبيه، عن قنبر مولى علي عليه السلام قال: دخلت مع علي بن أبي طالب عليه السلام على عثمان بن عفان فأحبا الخلوة فأومأ إلي علي عليه السلام بالتنحي فتنحيت غير بعيد فجعل عثمان يعاتب عليا عليه السلام وعلي مطرق ، فأقبل عليه عثمان فقال: ما لك لا تقول؟ فقال: إن قلت لم أقل إلا ما تكره وليس لك عندي إلا ما تحب.

2. We were told by Ahmad bin Yahya al-Maktab, that he said: We were told by Ahmad bin Muhammed al-Warraq, that he said: We were told by Muhammed bin Isma’eel bin Aban bin Mahran, that he said: We were told by Abdullah bin Abi Sa’eed al-Warraq, that he said: We were told by Fudail bin Abdul-Wahab, that he said: We were told by Yunus bin Abi Ya’qoub al-‘Abdi, from his father, from Qanbar, the servant of Ali, peace be upon him, that he said: I entered with Ali bin Abi Talib, peace be upon him, into the place of Uthman bin Affan, and he wanted seclusion, so Ali, peace be upon him, gave me a sign to move away. Then I moved away, not far, and Uthman began to reproach Ali, peace be upon him, whilst Ali was lowering his head. Then Uthman approached him and said: What is it with you that you do not speak? He said: If I am to say, I will not say except that which you dislike, and you will not have from me except what you like.