Uthman was a man of great wisdom and foresight During the time of Umar, Amir Muawiyah had sought his permission to invade Cypress. Umar refused the permission on the ground that he did not want to expose the Muslims to the perils of the sea. Amir Muawiyah repeated the request when Uthman became the Caliph Uthman gave the permission subject to the condition that in the case of such invasion Muawlyah should take his wife with him. The idea was that if Muawiyah took his wife with him that would be indicative of the fact that no peril was involved in the sea journey.
Once a person came to Uthman after he had made love to a woman. Seeing him Uthman said. "People come to me when their eyes betray their passion." The man said, "Has the revelation not ceased after the Holy Prophet; then how is it that you judge of what I have been doing?" Uthman said, "This is not revelation; this is insight born of faith' .