The third Khalifa Othman ben Afan was called Ze-Alnourayn.

What is the cause for this naming?


The term used is correctly pronounced as zu-an-noorayn and this is in Arabic like this:

ذو النَورين

zu means to possess or have. noor is light al-noorayn means the two lights.

The term literally means one who posses the two lights.

This was a title of respect given to him by the prophet (sal).

Why was this given? It was because he was married to one of the daughters of the Prophet (sal). Then after she died, he was given the other in marriage as well. Thus he got this title.

Radiyallaahu 'anhum!

Edit: Here's more info (sorry, I should have done this earlier)...

Family tree: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_tree_of_Uthman

Wife 1 - Ruqayyah: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruqayyah_bint_Muhammad

Wife 2 - Umm-Kulthoom: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umm_Kulthum_binte_Muhammad

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