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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 authentic ahadeeth.

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.

Sal-lal-laahu-ala-Muhammad, Sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam

Baarakallaahu Feekum.

dua at gathering

August 1, 2014 - Posted by | Islamic Months | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Amazing mashaAllah!

    Comment by Z. Saeed | August 1, 2014 | Reply

    • Alhamdulillaah.

      Comment by MuQeet | August 2, 2014 | Reply

  2. Assalam Alaikum
    Please clarify my doubt….I want to know whether we can combine the shawwal fasts with our missed Ramzan fasts with a common niyyah?

    Comment by Anis Fathima | August 2, 2014 | Reply

    • Wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullah
      As per the hadeeth “Whoever fasts Ramadaan then follows it with six days of Shawwaal, it will be as if he fasted for a lifetime” it is clear that you have to fast Ramadhaan fasts first and then follow it with six days of Shawwal in order to get the reward mentioned in the hadeeth.
      But it is permissible for you to delay making up your Ramadaan fasts, PROVIDED that you make them up before the next Ramadaan comes along.
      So both are different and cannot be combined.

      Comment by MuQeet | August 2, 2014 | Reply

  3. Masha Allah I like calculation of fasting

    Comment by Mukhsana | August 2, 2014 | Reply

  4. Reblogged this on YasSarNal QuR'aN.

    Comment by MuQeet | July 18, 2015 | Reply

  5. Assalam u Alaikum,
    Jazak Allah for sharing this important information with us .May Allah give us tawfeeq to do all these ibadah and accept them and reward u for your work Ameen

    Comment by mohammed | July 13, 2016 | Reply

  6. O Allah, You are my Lord, none has the right to be worshiped except You,
    You created me and I am Your servant
    and I abide to Your covenant and promise [to honor it] as best I can,
    I take refuge in You from the evil of which I committed
    I acknowledge Your favor upon me
    and I acknowledge my sin, so forgive me,
    for verily none can forgive sins except You.

    Comment by NURUL ISLAM | August 21, 2016 | Reply

    • MashaaAllah!
      I love Sayyidul Istighfaar 🙂

      Comment by MuQeet | August 21, 2016 | Reply

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