The Month Of Shawwal
Shawwal is the first month of Hajj. Eid Al-Fitr (Festival day after Ramadan) is the first day of Shawwal in which Muslims are recommended to recite Salawat (durud) upon Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam.
Muslims are advised to keep (nafil) fast for six days in this month. If one starts fasting from 12th day to the 17th of this month, then the days of “Ayyam Al-Bidh” (13, 14 and 15 of each month) are also covered which will be an extra rewarding practice.
Rasulullâh Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam gave the good news that those who fast six days in the month of Shawwal will be regarded and rewarded as if they fasted for the whole year. (Du‘as [Invocations] and ‘Ibâdahs [Acts of Worship])
THE THAWAB OF FASTING IN SHAWWAL
Abu Ayyub al-Ansari Radhiyallahu Anhu narrated: Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said: “Whoever fasts in the Month of Ramadan and follows it with six (more) days in Shawwal will be rewarded as if he had fasted the entire year.” Indeed, Allah Subhanahu has informed that He would reward one good act in ten folds. Therefore, one day of fast in Ramadan al-Sharif will be rewarded as ten days and thirty days as ten months. The reward of fasting six days in Shawwal will be like two months. Those who fast in Ramadan and (six days) in Shawwal will be as if they spent the whole year fasting.
Fast of Shawwal may be kept six days consecutively or in separate days.
These six days of Shawwal fast resemble the Sunnah parts of five daily Salah. Just like Allah Azza wa Jalla completes the shortcomings that occur in Fardh Salah (prayers) with the Sunnah parts, He does the similar for Ramadan al-Sharif Fast with the Shawwal fast. If a person completes the six fast of Shawwal, it indicates his Ramadan fasts are accepted. When Allah Ta’ala accepts the ibadah of His slave, He allows them to follow it with another righteous deed.
Fasting Ramadhan al-Sharif is a cause of the forgiveness of past sins. And fasting in Shawwal for six days is a sort of offering Shukr (thanks) for earning forgiveness in Ramadan al-Sharif.
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