On the Correct Method of Exhorting a Dying Person to Say the Shahaadah

by The Albaani Blog


The Imaam said, “[What is meant by] exhorting a dying person to say Laa ilaaha illallaah at the time of death [i.e., the talqeen] is not that the shahaadah be mentioned in his presence and that he [just] be made to hear it—rather it is that he be directed to say it—in opposition to what some people think, and the proof is the hadith of Anas, may Allaah be pleased with him, ‘That Allaah’s Messenger visited a man from the Ansaar, and said, ‘O maternal uncle! Say, ‘Laa ilaaha illallaah!’ So he said, ‘[Am I] a maternal or paternal uncle?’ So he said, ‘A maternal one.’ He said, ‘Is it better for me to say, ‘Laa ilaaha illallaah?’’ So the Prophet said, ‘Yes.’”

Ahkaamul-Janaaiz, p. 20.