Incident of Labeed Ibn Rabiah

What incident happened between Labeed Ibn Rabiah and the companion Uthman?

Labeed ibn Rabi’ah had said in the first part of a line of poetry: “Indeed everything else besides Allah is false.” When he said that, Uthman who was one of the companions of the Prophet (ﷺ), not Uthman ibn ‘Affan (رضى الله عنه) but another companion who had returned from Abyssinia, they had made the hijrah there, he came back early and he was in Makkah. When he found that Muslims were suffering to such a degree that he relieved the person who acted as his guardian from responsibility and said he wanted to suffer as they did. He did not want to make a special case for himself. So when Labeed had recited this line of poetry, he said: “you spoke the truth.” But when he said the conclusion from it, the second half of the poetry, which was: “and every pleasure will perish, will disappear.” Uthman then stated that this was false. He was basing it on the fact that Paradise is eternal.

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