‘Uthman’s[RA] Last Khutbah
‘Uthman’s last khutbah to the people of Madina several weeks after the siege:
“Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, has given you this world as a means of seeking the Hereafter; He has not given you this world for you to be content with it. This world is transient but the Hereafter will abide forever. So do not let that which is transient distract you from that which will abide forever. Show preference to that which will abide forever over that which is transient. This world will come to an end and your destiny will be with Allaah. Fear Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, for fear of Him is a protection and a shield against His Wrath and Punishment. Adhere to the main body of the Muslims and do not break into fractions.
Allah Says (which means): ‘And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allaah (this Qur’an), and be do not divided among yourselves, and remember Allah’s Favour on you, for you were enemies one to another but He joined your hearts together, so that, by His Grave, you became brethren, and you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus Alla\ah makes His Ayat clear to you, that you may be guided.’ (Aal-’Imran).
O people of Madina! I bid you farewell, and I ask Allah to appoint a good Khalifa for you after I am gone. By Allah, I shall never enter upon anyone again after this day until Allah lets His Decree come to pass. I shall leave these rebels outside the door and I shall not give them anything they might use against you in religious or wordly terms, until Allah Decrees whatever He Wills.”
[Tarikh at-Tabari 5/399]