Sayyiduna ‘Utbah Ibn Ghazwan (radi Allahu ‘anhu) was from Makkah and accepted Islam during the early years of the Prophet’s (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) call. He was part of the first group of Muslims to migrate to Abyssinia, but soon returned to be with the Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) again in Makkah. Sayyiduna ‘Utbah Ibn Ghazwan (radi Allahu ‘anhu) fought in all the major battles alongside from the battle of Yamamah during the Caliphate of Sayyiduna Abu Bakr al-Sadiqque (radi Allahu ‘anhu).

During the Caliphate of Sayyiduna ‘Umar al-Faruq (radi Allahu ‘anhu), he was selected to lead a group of three-hundred soldiers to intercept a key Persian town that was providing reinforcements to the enemy forces. Sayyiduna ‘Utbah Ibn Ghazwan (radi Allahu ‘anhu) completed the mission successfully and established the military town of Basra in the region. He was made governor but feared for his religion in the face of the new riches.

Sayyiduna ‘Utbah Ibn Ghazwan (radi Allahu ‘anhu) visited Sayyiduna ‘Umar al-Faruq (radi Allahu ‘anhu) and asked to be relieved of his duty, but he refused. Pleading Allah subhanahu ta’ala not to return him to the town “O Allah, do not return me to Basra- O Allah, do not return me to Basra,” sayyiduna ‘Utbah Ibn Ghazwan (radi Allahu ‘anhu) died on his return  journey to Basra.