How Ramadhaan fasts + 6 Shawwal fasts make fasting every day?
Eid-ul-Fitr marks the first day of Shawwal, the tenth month of the Islamic calendar.
Fasting six days of the month of Shawwal is mentioned in an authentic hadeeth.
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“Whosoever fasted in Ramadhaan and then followed up with six fasting days of Shawwal, it is like fasting every day.” (Muslim)
The meaning is that the reward is like the reward of a person who is always in fast every day of his/her life.
How come it is akin to be always in fast, you may wonder!
Let us read this ayah first and then do a simple calculation:
“Whoever comes [on the Day of Judgement] with a good deed will have ten times the like thereof [to his credit], and whoever comes with an evil deed will not be recompensed except the like thereof; and they will not be wronged”. (Surah al An-aam 160)
So the reward of every good deed is multiplied 10 times in Islam, right?
Basing this yardstick, let us have a simple calculation:
1 month of Ramadhaan fasts (1 x 10 = 10) = 10 months of fasting
6 days of Shawwal fasts (6 x 10 = 60) = 60 days of fasting = 2 months of fasting
So 10 months + 2 months = 12 months = One full year
Therefore, One month of Ramadhaan + 6 days of Shawwal = Fasting every day!
So it is highly recommended to fast six days of the month of Shawwal even though it is not obligatory.
Those who want to fast can fast after Eid Al-Fitr any six days during Shawwal.
It is not required to fast six days continuously without any interruption. One can fast according to convenience any time during the month.
If a Muslim is used to keeping fast on a regular, habitual basis every Monday and Thursday, then it is preferable for him to keep these 6 fasts on 3 Mondays and 3 Thursdays of Shawwal month.
If someone wants to keep six fasts of Shawwal and is not inclined to fasting every Monday and Thursday, then I would opine thus: It is true that after one month of fasting, it is easier for a person to continue for six more days at a stretch as the body is now used to fasting. And delaying things may cause lethargy or loss of interest or even Mr. Shaytaan may come up with plans to change our minds! So it is better and safer to fast immediately after Eid al Fitr (this is my thinking, and I may be wrong!)
May Allah give us the Tawfeeq to fast the six days of Shawwal, Inshaa’Allah. Aameen.
Wa Maa Tawfeeqee il-laah bil-laah.
Note: This is re-post from last year’s.
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August 9, 2013 - Posted by MuQeet | Muqeet's (assorted) | 6 days of fasting, Allah, Prophet Muhammad, Quran, Quran blog, Religion, Sawm, Shawwal, Sunnah, Voluntary fast, Why Muslims fast?, Worship, Yassarnalquran
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