Fasting Six Days of Shawwal After Ramadan: ‘Like Fasting The Entire Year’

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    Reward For Fasting the Whole Year

    Fasting Six Days of Shawwal After Ramadan: ‘Like Fasting The Entire Year’


    Ayyub (Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him, his family, and companions) said,

    “Whoever fasts Ramadan and follows it with six days from Shawwal it is as if they fasted the entire year.”

    [Muslim, Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, and Ibn Majah;]

    Thawban (Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him, his family, and companions) said,

    “Whoever fasts Ramadan, and then six days after Eid, it is [like fasting] an entire year. Whoever does a good deed shall have ten times its reward.”
    [Ibn Majah,]

    Based on this, the majority of the fuqaha, have held that it is recommended to fast six days of the month of Shawwal.


    It is permitted to fast these six days separately throughout the month, or consecutively, after Eid al-Fitr.
    [ibid.]

    It is prohibitively disliked (makruh tahriman) and sinful to fast on Eid day itself.

    The reward is akin to having fasted obligatory fasts the entire year days

    Abu Hurayra (Allah be pleased with him) said that the Prophet (Allah bless him & give him peace) said,

    “The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak believer, though there is good in both. Be avid for that which benefits you. Rely on Allah and do not deem yourself incapable…”

    [Muslim 4816, Ibn Majah 76, Ahmad 8436]

    Imam Nawawi (Allah have mercy on him) explained that the ‘strength’ in this hadith refers to, “One’s determination and ability in matters of the next life.”
    [Sharh Sahih Muslim]
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