Fasting Six Days of the Month of Shawwal


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In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


Dear sister in Islam, it gives us pleasure to receive your question and to see the Muslim youth are interested in knowing the teachings of Islam, which Allah has chosen for His servants as a way of life. According to the Qur’an, a true Muslim should refer to scholars to get himself well-acquainted with the sound image of Islam.
In his response to your question, Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, President of the Fiqh Council of North America, states the following:

Fasting six days of the month of Shawwal is mentioned in a Prophetic hadith. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is reported to have said:

“Whosoever fasted in Ramadan 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.

It is highly recommended to fast six days of the month of Shawwal, but 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.

(the short article above are the answer for sis Amina from United States on her question:

What is the significance of fasting in the month of Shawwal?

this article is taken from http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?pagename=IslamOnline-English-Ask_Scholar/FatwaE/FatwaE&cid=1119503543124

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