Migration to Abyssinia
When life in Makkah became difficult for the Muslims, he went to Rasulallah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, and sought permission to take refuge in Abyssinia along with other Muslims. The permission was granted. Hazrat Usman and his wife crossed the Red Sea with other Muslims and migrated to Abyssinia.
At the time of his migration Rasulallah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, remarked: “Usman is the first man of my Ummah to migrate with his family for the sake of Allah.” He stayed there for a couple of months and returned to Makkah when he was wrongly informed by somebody that the Quraish had accepted Islam.