virtues of one’s last words being the kalima


السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته يا شيخ
There’s some hadiths that talk about the virtues of one’s last words being the kalima. Is one included in this if one recites the kalima and then the salawat after it (because the name of the Prophet is mentioned in the last part of the kalima)?
صلى الله عليه وسلم
جزاك الله خيرا

و عليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته يا شيخ


Alaykum Salam,

Without doubt. The statement “Kalima as Last words” is not a literal value but refers to (i) the Kalima being spoken at some point on one’s deathbed even if one speaks other words after that and expires days later, as long as nothing they say or do contradicts it; and (ii) any of the baaqiyaat saalihaat such as Subhan Allah, al-Hamdu lillah, Allahu akbar etc. also fulfills that status. And Allah knows best.

Hajj Gibril Haddad

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