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Who was the last of the prophet's companions to pass away?

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In a Nutshell:
The companion Abu al-Tufayl Amir ibn Wathilah al-Laythi was the last of the companions on earth. He passed away in the year 110 AH.


Abu al-Tufayl Amir ibn Wathilah al-Laythi (أبو الطُّفَيْل عَامِر بن وَاثِلَة الّليّثِي) was the last companion to pass away.

He was born after the hijra in the year of Uhud - probably in Kufa. Abu al-Tufayl was one of the elites of his tribe Kinanah.

The first time he saw the Prophet (saw) was at Hajj al-Wadaa, the final hajj performed by the Prophet.

His accomplishments included:

  • He narrated hadith on the authority of senior companions such as Abu Bakr, Umar, Ali, Muadh, ibn Mas'ud (ra) and others.
  • He taught a large number of leading tabi'een such as Zuhri, Qatadah and others.
  • Bukhari and other hadith compilers narrated some his ahadith in his Sahih.
  • He was one of the supporters of Ali (ra) in times of conflict. He was living with Ali (ra) in Kufa, but after Ali's death, he moved to Mecca and lived there for the rest of his life.

He passed away around the 110 AH and was buried in Mecca. (Dhahabi, Siyar A'lam al-Nubala, Vol. 3, p. 470, Ibn Kathir, al-Bidayah wa al-Nihayah, Vol. 5, p. 203)

He narrated there was a time where no companion remained on earth except himself who had seen the Prophet (saw):

رَأَيْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صّلى اللهُ عليهِ وسلمَ وَمَا عَلَى وَجْهِ الأَرْضِ رَجُلٌ رَآهُ غَيْرِي
"I saw Allah's Messenger (saw) and there is none amongst the people of the earth who (are living at the present time and) had seen him except me" (5778)


Conclusion

The last companion to pass away was Abu at-Tufayl Amir ibn Wathilah al-Laythi.

References

Dhahabi, Siyar A'lam al-Nubala
Ibn Kathir, al-Bidayah wa al-Nihayah.


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