When `Uthman ibn `Affan was surrounded, `Abdullah
ibn al-`Abbas brought a letter to Amir al-mu'minin from
`Uthman in which he expressed the desire that Amir al-mu'minin
should leave for his estate Yanbu` so that the proposal
that was being mooted out for him to become caliph should
subside. `Uthman had this request earlier also. Upon this
Amir al-mu'minin said to Ibn al-`Abbas:
O' Ibn al-`Abbas! `Uthman just wants to treat me like the water-drawing
camel so that I may go forward and backward with the bucket. Once
he sent me word that I should go out then sent me word that I
should come back. Now, again he sends me word that I should go
out. By Allah, I continued protecting him till I feared lest I
become a sinner.
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