It is recorded on the authority of Zaid b Thabit that he heard the Apostle of God say that Uthman passed him and there was with him one of the angels who said: "He shall be a martyr; his people will slay him. I am abashed before him".
A1 Tirmidhi records on the authority of Murrah b Ka'ab that he said: "I heard the Apostle of God speaking of the troubles that he thought to be near at hand when a man passed by muffled in his garments, and he said. 'This man to-day is in the path of salvation.'" Murrah adds that he went to the man, and he was Uthman.
It is recorded on the authority of Anas that the Holy Prophet said: "Verily the Lord has a sword sheathed in a scabbard as long as Uthman lives, and when Uthman is slain that sword shall be drawn and it will not be sheathed until the day of resurrection".
Al Tirmidhi records on the authority of Ayesha that the Holy Prophet said to Uthman: "O Uthman perchance the Lord may clothe you with a garment, and if the hypocrites desire to take it away from you, do not put it off till you meet me in paradise".