Fasting 6 days of Shawwal : The Reward of an entire year of fasting: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "Whoever fasts the month of Ramadan and then follows it with six days of fasting in the month of Shawwal, it will be as if he had fasted a whole year." [Sahîh Muslim (1163)] Subhaanallah! How generous is Allah who loves to give to his slaves! Does not have to be fasted consecutively These fasts do not have to be fasted consecutively as they can be fasted seperately. Better to make up the Qadha fasts first It is better for those who need to make up Qadha fasts including women who have to make up fasts due to menses, to make up the Qadha fasts first and seperately as it is more reward but one may also make double intentions to fast the Qadha fasts aswell as the 6 fasts of Shawwal. More Reward to fast on the Sunnah days of fasting It is even more rewarding to fast on the days where it is Sunnah to do voluntary fasts such as on Mondays and Thursdays and the white days (13th, 14th & 15th of each Islamic month). The white days in the month of Shawwal will fall on Friday 31st August, Saturday 1st of September and Sunday the 2nd of September. Do not miss out on such easy abundant rewards We may not get such an opportunity again so we should not delay in doing good deeds lest we are taken by Death and our good deed accounts get closed forever. So the opportunity to do good is NOW as we may not have a tomorrow. We have until the 17th of September to keep the 6 fasts which is when the month of Shawwal ends.