It was narrated that Aisha (radi Allahu anha) said: “When he was ill, the Messenger of Allah said, ‘I would like to have some of my Companions with me.’ We said, ‘O Messenger of Allah! Shall we call Abu Bakr for you?’ but he remained silent. We said, ‘Shall we call Umar for you?’ But he remained silent. We said, ‘Shall we call Uthman for you?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ So Uthman came and he spoke to him in private. The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) started to speak to him and Uthman’s expression changed.”
Qais said: “Abu Sahlah, the freed slave of Uthman, narrated to me that on the Day of the House (when the rebels besieged Uthman in his house and murdered him), Uthman bin Affan said: ‘The Messenger of Allah told me what would come to pass and now I am coming to that day.'”
In Ali’s narration of this hadith, Uthman (radi Allahu anhu) said: “And I am going to bear it with patience.” [Ahmad; Tirmidhi; Ibn Majah]
This hadith lays before us the great character of Uthman bin Affan (radi Allahu anhu). He was a close confidant of the Messenger of Allah and had been informed of the unfortunate events that would come to pass. But he did not give in to the demands of the rebels. He remained patient and resolute although he knew that his life was at stake.
The Sahabah around him suggested many times that he take military action against the rebels but he abstained saying that he did not want blood spilled in order to protect his own life.