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Six Days of The Month of Shawwal

September 11, 2010

بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
Abu Ayyoub reported that the Messenger of Allah (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم) said “Whoever fasts the month of Ramadhan and then follows it by fasting six days during the month of Shawwal will be rewarded as if he had fasted the entire year. [Muslim, at-Tirmithi, Ibn Majah, Abu Dawood and Ahmad by way of Jabir].

These days can be anytime during the month of Shawwal except the first day because it is unlawful to fast the day of Eid. These days do not have to be at beginning of the month nor do they have to be consecutive. Hence, Muslims should seize this opportunity and fast these six days to get Allah’s reward.

Why the fasting of six days of Shawal after Ramadhan equates that of the whole year? Some `Ulamaa’ say that the good deed is rewarded ten times. Thus fasting six days is like fasting 60 days, added to 30 days of Ramadhan times 10 (i.e. 300) it makes it a year.
Source: Spubs.com

Q: Is it obligatory to fast the six days of Shawwal consecutively, or one may fast them separately during the month?
A: Observing Sawm (Fast) on six days of Shawwal is a stressed Sunnah reported from the Messenger of Allah (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم). It is permissible to observe Sawm on these days either consecutively or separately. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) generally urged us to observe Sawm during six days of Shawwal, but he did not specify either consecutively or separately. He (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم) said: Anyone who fasts Ramadan and then follows it with six days of Shawwal it is as if they fasted the whole year. (Related by Imam Muslim in his Sahih [Authentic Hadith Book])

Source: Alifta.com

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