Introduction

Thank Allah we have been blessed by Ramadan month, thank Allah that we had the chance to attend and fast during this spiritual month. We had the chance to get closer to Allah almighty, and nourish our souls and bodies, yet the homework is not done yet. We need to go the extra mile, to enhance our worship during Ramadan and do our best to continue to keep up the good deeds that we have practiced during Ramadan. And we have to make sure not to lose this closeness with Allah.

As we aspire to keep that bond with Allah, strengthen our faith and find our relief in being close to him, we need to continue what we have started. There is a Hadith narrated by Sufyan ibn Abdallah (may Allah have his blessings on him) who said,

 “O Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), tell me something about Islam, which I cannot ask anyone else besides you.” He (peace be upon him) replied, “Say, ‘I believe in Allah’ and then be steadfast (upon that).”

This Hadith shows that it is a must to stay steadfast in worshipping Allah by performing obligatory acts and avoiding the prohibited ones, especially after having faith. Islam encourages us to upgrade our level of faith not to decline it.

Quran – holy book of Islam

Shawwal Month

Thus, what after Ramadan Here’s come the month of Shawwal so, what is Shawwal month. Shawwal is the tenth month of the Islamic calendar. The month right after Ramadan month. The first day of Shawwal month is Eid al-Fitr, which is prohibited fasting.

“The Messenger of Allah prohibited two fasts: Fasting the Day of Adha and the Day of Fitr.”

Narrated by Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri

The day of Fitr is the day when you break your fast, and on the day of Adha, you eat the meat of your sacrifices.

we know fasting is not only limited to Ramadan month, but we can perform it throughout the year. Fasting is also an act of the prophet Mohammad (Saw), a pious and righteous person. It is a high act of complete devotion to Allah Almighty.

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Allah the Exalted and Majestic said: ‘Every act of the son of Adam is for him, except As-Siyam (the fasting) which is (exclusively) for Me, and I will reward him for it.’ Fasting is a shield. When anyone of you is observing fast, he should neither indulge in obscene language nor should he raise his voice; and if anyone reviles him or tries to quarrel with him, he should say: ‘I am fasting.’ By Him in Whose Hand the soul of Muhammad is, the breath of one observing Saum is sweeter to Allah than the fragrance of musk. The one who fasts, experiences two joys: he feels pleasure when he breaks the fast. He is joyful by his fast when he meets his Rubb.”

Narrated by Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him)

In this Hadith, Allah Almighty shows how fasting is a superior act and Allah can reward you countlessly as he sees. The prophet Mohammed (SAW) was the best example for us, and whatever he did, we have to follow his steps, to gain Allah’s satisfaction. The prophet instructed us to fast for six days in Shawwal as mentioned in this Hadith:

The Messenger of Allah, peace, and blessings be upon him, 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 has fasted for the entire year.

Narrated by Abu Ayyub

This hadith proves that fasting six days of Shawwal is sunnah not obligatory and highlights the immense reward that it holds comparable to any other month.

Do we have to fast the six days in a row?

We don’t need to fast the six days of Shawwal month consecutively. It is entirely up to you. you can space them out, but it has to be during the month. It is easier to fast them at the beginning of the month because you have already gotten used to fasting in Ramadan.

The virtues of fasting six days of Shawwal:

  1. You get rewarded as if you fasted the entire year as we mentioned earlier in the previous Hadith.
  2. The fasting of Shawwal is Sunnah, so it covers the shortcomings that had happened in your obligatory fasting (Ramadan) moreover being like the prophet in doing what he did.
  3. Returning to the good deeds that you used to practice in Ramadan is a sign of acceptance of Ramadan. How much could you be happy if you know that your deeds are accepted by Allah almighty? The saying goes: The reward of virtue is further virtue.
  4. You get rewarded and countless Hassnat for just performing fasting for the sake of Allah Almighty. 

What do I do if I miss a few Ramadan fasting days?

In such a case, according to many scholars, you should start by making up the missed days since obligatory fasting supersedes Nafl. it is only permissible to combine voluntary fasts with prescribed fasts and not vice versa. However, if you’ve missed many Ramadan days and the makeup may jeopardize your ability to fast the 6 days of Shawwal, then you can complete the 6 days and do the makeup later in the year. At any rate, the makeup needs to be completed before next Ramadan, unless you have a permanent inability to fast in which case Sadaqah is given out instead.

Conclusion

In conclusion, be cautious to double and maximize your good deeds not shorten them. To be always thankful to be able to perform worshiping and fulfilling your requirements. May Allah help us fulfill this great Ibadah & gain its complete reward. Pray for Allah, the One who guided you to worship Him in Ramadan, to help you continue worshiping and performing good deeds throughout the year.

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